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 six months. 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 year-long, 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 and submit the following materials in PDF format. 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)
 

Current Resident Fellows:


Eugenio Benincasa (Italy) holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York, where he focused on International Security Policy, and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from LUISS University in Rome, Italy. During his B.A., he also took part to a one-semester exchange program at Sciences Po University in Paris, France. Eugenio worked as a Crime Analyst at the New York Police Department and contributed to shaping the initial defense and security policy of Volt Europa, a new pan-European political movement. He also completed internships at the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, Morgan Stanley’s Financial Crimes Unit and at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. His research interests include the role of regional organizations in strengthening cybersecurity. He is fluent in Italian (native), English, French and Spanish.


Current Nonresident WSD-Handa Fellows:


Mr. Patrick Dupont is a Nonresident WSD-Handa Fellow at Pacific Forum and a serving member of the Australian Army. He is currently completing a Master of Security and Strategic Studies from Macquarie University. Previously, Patrick was a Nonresident Indo-Pacific Fellow with Young Australians in International Affairs, where he produced articles on China’s regional interests and broader political developments in the Indo-Pacific. Prior to joining the Australian Army, Patrick was a Research Assistant at the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology, where he contributed to research projects examining alcohol-related violence and youth justice. Additionally, he completed an internship with the Queensland Police Service’s Crime Prevention Programs Unit, contributing to an evaluation of Neighbourhood Watch programs. Patrick is a keen language learner, with varying degrees of proficiency in Indonesian, Vietnamese, Russian and Korean.


Mr. R. Lincoln Hines is a PhD candidate in the Government Department at Cornell University and a WSD-Handa Nonresident Fellow at the Pacific Forum. His dissertation examines patterns in the evolution of China’s space program, and the role of status concerns in driving Chinese space policy. Previously, he worked at the National Bureau of Asian Research, and was a David L. Boren National Security Fellow in Beijing, China. He has an MA from the American University School of International Service, and a BA from the University of Virginia.


Mr. Howard Wang is a Doctor of International Affairs student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a nonresident WSD-Handa Fellow at the Pacific Forum. He is broadly interested in East Asia security architecture, particularly regarding Chinese strategic influence. His doctoral research assesses enduring characteristics of the Chinese Communist Party's sea power strategy. Howard's analysis has been published in the Jamestown Foundation's China Brief, The Diplomat, and The National Interest, among others. He received his MPP from the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy.