2020 East-West Center U.S.-Philippines Alliance Fellowship for Philippines Nationals

Deadline: March 20, 2020.

The East-West Center (EWC), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, is accepting applications from 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.


1. Applicants must be nationals of the Philippines and eligible to receive a fellowship stipend. Fluency in English is required.

2. Applicants should be pursuing a Master’s degree, PhD, or already have a graduate degree. 

3. 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 D.C. and engage with the D.C.-based academic and policy making communities, and
  • Projects which would greatly benefit from the resources afforded by a residency in Washington D.C.


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

2. 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, D.C. from the Philippines. Fellow(s) should begin residency in approximately May 2020 with details to be determined between EWCW and selected Fellow(s).

3. Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing and medical insurance coverage during their term of residency (EWCW will provide suggestions for accommodation options). 


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, D.C. would further this research (For example: by interviewing government officials/policy experts, access to archives at local institutions etc.)

Optional elements:

  • Brief description of any plans for field research or conference attendance in the United States outside of D.C., and how it would enhance the project
  • A brief bibliography of the relevant literature



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