Lloyd and Lilian Vasey Fellowship

Resident Fellowship

Pacific Forum will select a candidate to be a resident fellow at the Pacific Forum office in Honolulu for three to 12 months, and is expected to be full time (35 hours per week). Applicants may choose to spend a semester, a summer, or up to twelve months as a Vasey Fellow depending upon the applicant’s interests and goals.  Pacific Forum can accommodate one Fellow at a time, and will select the individual based on the match of interests.  Pacific Forum will provide roundtrip airfare to and from Honolulu and a modest cost-of-living stipend of $3,000 per month, but otherwise Fellows must be able to cover their own transportation costs and living expenses. Fellows will spend approximately 50-60 percent of the time on a self-directed research project (with guidance from Pacific Forum senior staff), which should culminate as a research paper that will be published in the Pacific Forum Issues & Insights working paper series or other publication outlet. The remainder of the time will be spent on research supporting Pacific Forum programs, activities, and senior staff research.

Duties and responsibilities of the Vasey Fellow

  • Conduct independent research aimed at producing a publishable research paper.
  • Assist and participate in Pacific Forum conferences and Hawaii-based workshops and seminars.
  • Conduct research for Comparative Connections.
  • Conduct research for senior staff on various economic, political, and security issues as may arise.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Open to non-US citizens
  • 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 fellowships are due on April 30 (fall/winter fellowships) and October 31 (spring/summer fellowships).

Application Procedure:

To apply, please complete the online form or email your application package with the materials below to programs@pacforum.org.

  • Vasey Fellowship application
  • A cover letter detailing interests and why the Vasey 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 Vasey Fellow (not to exceed 1,500 words)

Applications via postal mail should be sent to:
Attn: Vasey Fellowship Program
Pacific Forum
1003 Bishop Street, Suite 1150
Honolulu, HI 96813

Current Vasey Fellow:

Feng Jin is a PhD candidate in the Institute of American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. His research focuses on crisis management, strategic rivalry and Sino-U.S. strategic stability. His academic interests include Sino-U.S. relations, the Indo-Pacific geopolitical and security environment, and arms control. He completed a research internship at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, contributing to a research project relevant to the North Korea nuclear crisis and research on Chinese perspectives on nuclear winter. Previously he studied at China Foreign Affairs University where he concentrated on public diplomacy studies and earned his MA in international relations in 2016.