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 fellowships are due on April 30 (fall/winter fellowships) and October 31 (spring/summer fellowships).

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.
 

  • WSD-Handa Resident Fellowship application (Download Here)
  • 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 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.

Application Procedure:

The application packet must include:
 

  • WSD-Handa Nonresident Fellowship application (Download Here)
  • 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 should be sent via postal mail or e-mail to:

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

Current Resident Fellows:

Ms. Ariel STENEK holds an MA in International Relations from Queen Mary, University of London. She received her BA in International Studies with a minor in European Studies from the University of San Francisco. She was a Regional Security Studies Intern at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and worked at UNESCO in the division of Social and Human Sciences on The Silk Roads Online Platform. Her dissertation, “Four Cases Examining the Role of Maritime Militias in China’s Maritime Strategy,” won the J. Ann Tickner Prize for Best Masters Dissertation, and was presented at the 2018 International Graduate Student Conference at the East-West Center in Honolulu.


Mr. Chen-Sheng Hong is a Research Associate of Taiwan-ASEAN Studies Center in Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research. His research focuses on Southeast Asia, especially the Mekong region and its relations with the US, China, and Japan. Formerly, 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.