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The Ellings-Korduba Research Fellowship

The Ellings-Korduba Research Fellowship Program offers an intensive, three-month fellowships during the summer to current graduate and advanced undergraduate students whose degrees focus on issues of strategic importance to the United States in Asia. The National Bureau of Asian Research will award fellowships, plus a stipend, to a small class of fellows each year from universities across the United States. Fellows will spend the summer conducting independent research under the guidance of experts and NBR editors, as well as developing a policy memo they will present to NBR staff and select guests from the policy, academic, and business communities. You can find out more at the Ellings-Korduba Research Fellowship website.

Fellows will receive a monthly stipend and an amount to cover domestic roundtrip airfare.

Fellows spend a summer as junior fellows in residence at NBR’s Seattle office and participate in a summer seminar series featuring high-level speakers from NBR’s network of experts, mentor interactions, and regional site visits to relevant military bases, organizations, and consulates.

Fellowship Components

Research, Growth, and Mentorship

Following orientation in June, the fellows will begin conducting independent research and developing a policy memo under guidance from select experts and NBR editors. The fellows will receive periodic feedback on their research, take part in relevant NBR events and professional development workshops at NBR, in addition to brief, regular check-in meetings with experts and NBR editors, as well as access to NBR’s network-of-experts to answer any questions that arise during the fellowship period.

Summer Seminar

The Ellings-Korduba fellows will participate in an intensive, eight-week summer seminar featuring lectures by experts in the policy and international relations field. Fellows will participate in seminars, conduct site visits, and attend external meetings to learn more about the multiple dimensions of U.S. foreign policy in Asia. During the summer program, the fellows will present their research findings and/or policy memos to NBR staff and select guests from the policy, academic, and business communities.

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified applicants for the Ellings-Korduba Fellowship will:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be a graduate student or advanced undergraduate student with a focus on Asia and policy.
  • Desire to advance public policy toward Asia through improved expertise and understanding, or to contribute to policy-relevant scholarly research.

Application Requirements

To be considered for a fellowship, an applicant must submit the following materials through NBR’s application website:

  • A two-page (max) summary resume (full academic CVs will not be reviewed).
  • A two-page (max) cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the fellowship and how this fellowship program will contribute to your studies and future career plans.
  • A two-page independent research proposal outlining a topic for research, why the topic is critical to U.S. policy, and methodology as well as sources.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions.
  • A recommendation letter from an academic supervisor or professor submitted directly to Dylan Plung at

Application Deadline and Announcement

The application for the 2022 Ellings-Korduba Research Fellowship is due by February 28, 2022. Award announcements will be made in early April.

About NBR

NBR is an independent, nonpartisan research institution based in Seattle and Washington, D.C. We bring world-class scholarship to bear on the evolving strategic environment in Asia through original, policy-relevant research, and we invest in our future by training the next generation of Asia specialists.

With power, risk, and opportunity concentrating in Asia, the National Bureau of Asian Research tackles those critical issues that America’s leaders need to understand – because the decisions they make matter and the stakes are high. As the nation’s Asia policy think tank, we envision a future that is free, open, secure, and prosperous for all.