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 pacificforum@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:
PacificForum@pacforum.org

For all program inquiries, please contact Ariel Stenek at ariel@pacforum.org +1(808) 521-6745.