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The U.S.-Philippines Alliance Fellowship

by Adeshola Dahunsi

Application Deadline: March 26, 2021

The East-West Center (EWC), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, created this fellowship specifically for Filipino scholars and analysts who wish to conduct an analysis along the following themes: national security, international relations, and international trade and investment in the Indo-Pacific. Applicants must be nationals of the Philippines and eligible to receive a fellowship stipend. Fluency in English is required. Applicants should be pursuing a Master’s degree, PhD, or already have a graduate degree. While applications from candidates of all backgrounds and career levels will be considered, emphasis will be given to:

  • Early career applicants who would benefit in their academic or professional careers from such an opportunity;
  • Those who have not yet had the opportunity to operate in Washington DC and engage with the DC-based academic and policy making communities, and;
  • Projects which would greatly benefit from the resources afforded by a residency in Washington DC.

To facilitate this research and allow participants to engage with the resources and experts of the US policy community in Washington, DC, the fellowship will finance residencies for 3 fellows for a period of 2-3 months at the East-West Center in Washington (EWCW).

The fellowship includes a monthly stipend of US$3,000 while in residence in Washington; office space and computer and relevant office resources; and round trip economy airfare to Washington, DC from the Philippines. Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing and medical insurance coverage during their term of residency (EWCW will provide suggestions for accommodation options). 

Application Requirements

Applications must include the following in order to be considered:

  • A completed online application form;
  • A full CV;
  • Two letters of reference, and;
  • A 3- to 5-page (double spaced) policy-relevant research proposal. The proposal must:
    • Discuss the policy problem or issue to be examined and a tentative hypothesis and arguments;
    • Make the case that the proposed project can be completed in two-three months, and;
    • Explain how a fellowship in Washington, DC would further this research (For example: by interviewing government officials/policy experts, access to archives at local institutions etc.).

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Selection Process and Criteria

All completed applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by a selection committee, external to the EWC. Applications missing any part of the required package will not be considered. The final number of fellows selected will be subject to fiscal resources available. The strength of the proposal is the most significant factor for selection, particularly the relevancy of the topic to issues of contemporary US-Indo-Pacific relations or Indo-Pacific policy, and demonstrated ability to undertake independent research.

Official Website: The U.S -Philippines Alliance Fellowship

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