POSCO Visiting Fellowship Program, 2018 – Hawaii

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The POSCO Visiting Fellowship Program, endowed by POSCO, is intended to promote research activities on Korean topics at the East-West Center.  The program invites outstanding scholars and policy makers to engage in policy-relevant, contemporary research on political, security, and economic issues in Northeast Asia, as they relate to Korea.

Each year, from the beginning of March to the end of February of the following year, the East-West Center hosts four to six POSCO Visiting Fellows. The POSCO Visiting Fellows are in residence at the East-West Center for one to two months and undertake research and writing on an agreed topic. Fellows are provided with a stipend and round-trip economy airfare between their home base and Honolulu. They are required to give one seminar, prepare a high-quality paper to be submitted for publication, and join in East-West Center activities. Fellows may also be asked to participate in local outreach and public-diplomacy activities.  Proposals for cost-shared fellowships are welcomed.

Expected Outputs and Publication Opportunities

Under the Korea Foundation grant agreement, POSCO Visiting Fellows are required to prepare a quality paper addressing an issue in one of the four priority areas or as developed in the fellowship proposal for publication in an academic journal or in book format.  An abbreviated version of the paper may be a candidate for publication in the Center’s Asia Pacific Issues series—a policy-relevant, peer-reviewed series of papers ranging in length from 3,200 to 4,200 words (10-12 double-spaced pages). The Center’s Editorial Committee will consider submissions. POSCO Visiting Fellows customarily provide a presentation on their research activities and findings at a center-wide seminar at the conclusion of the fellowship.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit the following by December 31, 2017 to be considered for the fellowship period from March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019:

  •  Application form
  • A cover letter indicating the research theme or project for which the applicant is applying
  • Curriculum vitae (For security purposes, please do not include any personal information—e.g., birthdate, social security numbers, and/or passport number;  your CV may be circulated among EWC staff)
  • Names of three referees, including full name, title, address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address
  • Research proposal (3 to 5 pages), which should do the following:
  1. Set out the issue or issues of the proposed investigation
  2. Describe the research method
  3. State the relationship of the proposed study to ongoing work in the area
  4. Explain how the proposed study can advance regional development and cooperation
  5. Propose the duration of fellowship required, the expected time that the applicant can be in residence at the East-West Center
  6. Describe the anticipated publication product

Applicants who can provide some of the cost of the fellowship should indicate what costs they are able to cover.


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