WSD-Handa Fellowship

Pacific Forum offers the WSD-Handa Fellowship to help young East Asian, US, and European scholars and professionals obtain the knowledge and skills that will define them as the leaders of tomorrow.

Through the generosity of the Worldwide Support for Development and Dr. Handa Haruhisha, Pacific Forum has established the WSD-Handa Fellowship Program. This fellowship offers both resident and nonresident fellowships to increase East Asian, US and European participation in Pacific Forum programs. WSD-Handa Fellows should already have some knowledge of East Asian security and economic developments and should use this fellowship as an opportunity to take a more in-depth look into these issues and offer solutions for improvement.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Applicants may be of North American, European, or Southeast Asian nationality. Priority will be given to those from lesser-developed Southeast Asian nations including Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, or Vietnam.
  • A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred
  • Proficient in English (verbal and written skills)
  • Must be eligible for an extended stay in the US
  • Applications for all resident and nonresident WSD-Handa fellowships are due on October 31, 2020.

Resident Fellowship
Pacific Forum will select a candidate to be a resident fellow at Pacific Forum Honolulu office for three to six months, with the possibility of an extension up to one year. Fellows will undertake a self-directed research project under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff or associate and be active participants in the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program. Their research paper must be of quality to be published in Pacific Forum’s Issues & Insights or other publication source by the completion of the fellowship period.

Resident fellows will receive a modest living stipend and roundtrip airfare to Honolulu.

To apply for the resident fellowship, please complete the online form or email the following materials to programs@pacforum.org. All materials must be written in English.  Any statement in your application that is found to be false will be grounds for disqualification.

  • WSD-Handa Resident Fellowship application
  • A cover letter detailing interests and why the WSD-Handa Fellowship will contribute to the applicant’s professional development.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A description of a research project to undertake as a WSD-Handa Fellow (not to exceed 1,500 words)

Nonresident Fellowship
Pacific Forum will also select non-resident fellows to complete a self-directed research project under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff or associates during the course of their fellowship.

To apply for the nonresident fellowship, please complete the online form or submit the following materials in PDF format to programs@pacforum.org. All materials must be written in English. Any statement in your application that is found to be false will be grounds for disqualification.

  • WSD-Handa Nonresident Fellowship application
  • A cover letter detailing interests and why the WSD-Handa Fellowship will contribute to the applicant’s professional development.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A description of a research project to undertake as a WSD-Handa Fellow (not to exceed 1,500 words)

Applications via postal mail should be sent to:

Attn: WSD-Handa Fellowship Program
Pacific Forum
1003 Bishop Street, Suite 1150
Honolulu, HI 96813
Email:
Programs@pacforum.org
 

Current Resident Fellows:


Mr. Chen-Sheng HONG is a Resident WSD-Handa Fellow at Pacific Forum. His research focuses on Southeast Asia, especially the Mekong region and its relations with the US, China, and Japan. Before starting his fellowship, he was a research associate at Taiwan-ASEAN Studies Center in Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, where he analyzed Southeast Asian economic development and Taiwan-ASEAN relations. Prior to this position, he was a research scholar with the Southeast Asia program at the Stimson Center in Washington DC, researching Mekong regional energy development and the US's Mekong policy. Before joining the Stimson, he completed a research internship at the Stockholm Environment Institute Asia Center in Bangkok, contributing to a project on the impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia. He earned his MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London in the UK and BA in Political Science from National Cheng-Chi University in Taiwan.


Current Nonresident WSD-Handa Fellows:

Mr. Simon Gray recently completed a Ph.D. (embargoed) specializing in International Relations and Security Studies (IRSS) from the University of Waikato. Drawing on cases in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa, his thesis examined evolution and diversity in the cause-and-effect dynamics of contemporary political Islam, including radicalization and extremism, and implications for wider political and security affairs. He is Cofounder of & Research Member with the University of Waikato Islamic Studies Group and Assistant Editor of the Waikato Islamic Studies Review. His wider IRSS foci include counter-terrorism, U.S.-Philippines security relations, great-power dynamics in the Asia-Pacific, and New Zealand national security, defense & foreign policy, as well as IRSS theory. He has worked as an IRSS Tutor on Asia and Middle Eastern security affairs; served as a postgraduate guest presenter and Guest Lecturer on Islamic extremism for the University of Waikato's IRSS and Studies in Religion Programmes respectively; presented at conferences, seminars and delivered guest talks in New Zealand, and in Singapore at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research, Nanyang Technological University; and on the board of International Peer-Reviewers for Otoritas: Jurnal Ilmu Pemerintahan (Authority: Journal of Government Studies). His work has appeared in the New Zealand International Review, African Security, Waikato Islamic Studies Review, with work re-disseminated in SEALion Catalogue, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies: Yusof Ishak Institute, and is the co-author of two forthcoming publications on Islamic radicalization and extremism as well as developing his Ph.D. thesis into a monograph. Additionally, Mr. Gray is a Pacific Forum Young Leader and member of the Asia New Zealand Leadership Network (ANZLN), attending Track-II level dialogues and events as an observer in China, Japan, the CSCAP 11th General Conference in Thailand, and a World Summit on Counter-Terrorism in Israel. He was a New Zealand postgraduate delegate on an international study trip to Turkey; Claude McCarthy Fellow; 2018 ANZLN Manila Hui delegate; and Secretary of the Waikato Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (2013-2018).


Mr. Clayton Cheney is a practicing attorney in New York City. He recently received his M.S. in Global Affairs with distinction from New York University where his studies concentrated on transnational security and the geopolitics of energy. His master’s thesis focused on the geopolitical, security, and energy implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. While at New York University, he served as the Managing Editor of Global Affairs Review, worked on a consultancy project at the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, and received the Center for Global Affairs Advisory Board Scholarship. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s United Nations Committee and he is the editor of the Bar Association’s UN Update. He previously worked as a Graduate Fellow at the International Human Rights Clinic at Santa Clara University’s School of Law, where he pursued human rights cases within the Inter-American System for the protection of human rights. He served as a legal intern at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and several international human rights organization.


Mr. Stephen Herzog (USA) is a Nonresident WSD-Handa Fellow with the Pacific Forum and a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Yale University. His research focuses on international security: nuclear weapons proliferation, arms control, and domestic sources of foreign policy. He is also a Fellow of the Yale Program on Japanese Politics and Diplomacy. Previously, Stephen directed a global scientific engagement program supporting nuclear explosion monitoring and geophysical hazard mitigation for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. He led U.S. technical delegations across the Caucasus, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. His other past positions include Nuclear Security Fellow at Fundação Getulio Vargas and research associate/Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty specialist with the Federation of American Scientists. Stephen holds an M.A. and M.Phil. in Political Science from Yale, an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in International Relations from Knox College. He has traveled in over 80 countries.