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Ellings-Korduba Fellow

The National Bureau of Asian Research Seattle, WA
  • Expired: November 24, 2020. Applications are no longer accepted.

The Ellings-Korduba Fellowship Program offers twelve-month* fellowships to current master's level students and advanced undergraduate students whose degrees focus on issues of strategic importance to the U.S. in Asia. The National Bureau of Asian Research will award fellowships, a stipend, and living and travel expenses for an onsite summer program in Seattle, to a small class of fellows each year from universities across the U.S.

The Ellings-Korduba Research Fellowship seeks to cultivate a generation of future policymakers and scholars with a deep understanding of critical strategic issues in Asia (and Russia in Asia) and the challenges to international leadership today, including the salient lessons of history. The fellowship aims to advance the policy-relevant study of contemporary Asia in the U.S., and to build stronger bridges between academia and the policy community.

*Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, NBR will offer an eight-month fellowship for the 2021 class of fellows, January - August 2021.

Fellowship Components

Orientation and Planning Meeting

The 2021 class of fellows will begin an eight-month fellowship in January 2021 with an online virtual orientation and planning meeting.

Research and Mentorship (Nonresident):

Following the research planning meeting, the fellows remain at their home university during the rest of the academic year, conducting independent research (above and beyond the requirements of their regular course schedule) on their chosen research topic, under guidance from their assigned mentors and NBR editors. Throughout this research time, the fellows will receive a modest research stipend as well as periodic feedback on their papers from their mentors. (The 2021 class of fellows will conduct research January-May 2021).

Summer Seminar (Resident):

In the summer of 2021, the Ellings-Korduba Fellows will become junior fellows in residence at NBR's Seattle office, and will participate in an intensive summer seminar led by Dr. Richard Ellings and guest speakers. Fellows will participate in seminars, draft policy memos, conduct site visits, and attend external meetings to learn more about the multiple dimensions of U.S. foreign policy in Asia. At the end of their summer program, the fellows will hold a roundtable to present their research findings to NBR staff and select guests from the policy, academic, and business community.

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.
  • Demonstrate a 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 at

  • A two-page summary resume (full academic CVs will not be reviewed).
  • A two-page 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, including methodology as well as sources.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions.
  • A letter of recommendation letter from an academic supervisor**

**Given the application deadline of December 13, if you are unable to submit a letter of recommendation from a supervisor please include the contact information from a supervisor who can provide a verbal reference. If you are able to submit a letter of recommendation from a supervisor,please have the letter sent directly to Benjamin Lee at

Application Deadline and Selection Process

Applications are due by December 13, 2020 by 11:59 pm (PT). Acceptances into the program will be announced the week of December 21, 2020.

The National Bureau of Asian Research


Seattle, WA
98127 USA