East-West Center Research Innovation & Collaboration and Exchange (RICE) Fellowship Program 2024

The East-West Center (EWC) is offering RICE Fellowships to individuals such as scholars, policy experts, NGO/CSO members, researchers, or journalists from the Indo-Pacific Region, including the United States.

RICE Fellowships Program

These fellowships aim to support research or other projects focusing on various subjects like domestic and international governance, environmental concerns, political economy matters related to trade, technology, integration, and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific.

Program Detail

The RICEE Fellows program offers the opportunity for individuals to engage in research or other projects at the East-West Center (EWC) offices in Honolulu or Washington, DC. The duration of the fellowship will vary based on the project and will include a stipend, support, and travel funding. Under certain circumstances, fellows may be allowed to work at a different location if there is a valid justification related to the project.

During the fellowship, participants will have access to the resources and facilities of the EWC offices and will collaborate with EWC researchers to enhance their projects. The selection process will prioritize proposals that foster collaborations, partnerships, and shared outcomes. All project outcomes will be co-branded between the EWC and the fellow’s home institution, with preference given to sustainable outcomes. Monthly stipends and travel expenses may be provided depending on the proposed project.

Eligibility Requirement

  • Individuals applying for the fellowship must be citizens of a country from the Indo-Pacific region or the United States and must be eligible to receive a stipend.
  • Applicants should have at least a Master’s degree, with research applicants preferably holding a PhD. Policy experts, NGO/CSO leaders, journalists, and others should demonstrate relevant professional experience. Priority will be given to candidates who have not previously had opportunities to conduct research, projects, and networks in Honolulu or Washington, DC.
  • Non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents must obtain J-1 visa sponsorship from the East-West Center as dictated by the funding regulations. If they accept the fellowship, they will be required to fulfill the two-year home country residency requirement imposed by Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Only after completing this requirement can they apply for a change of status in the United States, seek permanent residency, or apply for an H, L, or K visa.

Application Process

To be considered for this opportunity, you will be required to have the following:

  • A completed online application form
  • A full Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of reference
  • A 2-page statement outlining the proposed work, including:
  • A summary of the project to be pursued
  • Schedule and identify milestones for the project
  • Clearly describe how the partnership with the East-West Center will enhance the proposed project.
  • Emphasize proposals that aim to foster collaboration among individuals and organizations from the United States, Asia, and the Pacific. The focus should be on exchanging perspectives, addressing shared challenges and opportunities, and achieving collaborative outcomes.
  • Budget for the work, including requested stipend, travel, housing, and other costs.

Visit the official website of East-West Center Research Innovation & Collaboration and Exchange (RICE) Fellowship Program for additional information.

Application Deadline

May 15, 2024.

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