Opportunities

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Institute for National Security Studies at the National Defense University (NDU) are partnering to organize the National Asia Research Program (NARP), a major nationwide research and conference program designed to reinvigorate and advance the policy-relevant study of contemporary Asia.

A group of 20 rising Asia scholars will be selected through a competitive, nationwide process to contribute policy-relevant research on national security issues in 2019. We are looking for emerging/next generation Asia scholars interested in engaging in research and scholarship of direct relevance to policymakers.

The application is open until December 31. Apply here.

Key components of the NARP Fellowship include:

Training opportunities—NBR and NDU will hold training seminars for Fellows to develop skills necessary to conduct policy-relevant research and effectively deliver their research to the policy community, including honing skills in briefing, op-ed writing, and media engagement.

Connecting with policymakers, including executive and legislative branches—The NARP will connect specialists with policymakers through their participation in NBR and NDU programming, highlight the scholars whose commitment and expertise contribute to national interests, and raise policymakers’ appreciation for the importance of academic work on Asia to the policy process.

Presenting research on Asia policy issues—During their one-year term, Fellows will have the opportunity to present their research at the Asia Policy Assembly, a major public event where scholars and senior policymakers discuss contemporary Asia policy issues

Publishing research findings—Fellows will also publish their findings through NBR, NDU, and top policy-oriented publications.

A $10,000 stipend awarded to each Fellow—The stipend will support the Fellows’ work over their term, during which they will remain at their home institutions.

Qualified applicants for the NARP Fellowship should have:

  • Received a PhD from an accredited institution of higher education within the past ten years in an appropriate discipline such as international relations/studies, Asian studies, public policy, or security studies. In exceptional cases, PhD candidates who are preparing to defend their dissertations may also be considered.

  • Demonstrated experience conducting scholarly research and publishing on one or more of the issues outlined in the NARP research agenda
  • A desire to further develop and hone the skills necessary to convey research findings to a policy audience through policy journals, op-eds, and government briefings
  • U.S. citizenship.
 For any questions, please reach out to narp@nbr.orgApply here.

The Asian Journal of Public Affairs invites academics and PhD students to submit manuscripts of original research articles (6,000-7,000 words excluding abstract and bibliography), book reviews, commentary (1,500 words maximum) and policy analysis/field reports for ongoing research (5,000 words maximum).

Contributions to the journal are accepted on a rolling basis. Please email your manuscripts to: ajpa[at]nus[dot]edu[dot]sg. Citations must follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Contact the editorial board for further details.

AJPA Volume 11 Issue 2 is expected to be published in March 2019.

AJPA’s Aims and Scope

The Asian Journal of Public Affairs (AJPA) is the flagship journal of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP). It is a peer-reviewed publication featuring articles by scholars and practitioners on public affairs issues in the Greater Asia including the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Published on a bi-annual basis, AJPA seeks to influence public policy-making in Asia through interdisciplinary policy-relevant research. Print circulation is targeted not only to academic audiences but also to civil society and government organizations. The scope of Public Affairs includes, but is not limited to, Public Policy (including sectoral policies), Public Administration and Management, International Security, International Political Economy, Social and Political Sciences and Economics. Each issue features scholarly and practitioner-based research articles, field reports, commentaries, and book reviews. Articles may be quantitative and/or qualitative, national or cross-national. Preference is given to contributions which have accessible and clearly articulated policy implications.

Applications now open for the Asia Studies Visiting Fellowship at the East-West Center in Washington

This fellowship supports scholars and analysts who wish to undertake research and writing on topics of relevance to contemporary U.S.-Indo-Pacific policy; in particular, proposals regarding key challenges in U.S.-Indo-Pacific relations and possible responses and approaches to addressing those challenges.

The fellowship finances residencies for a period of three months in Washington, D.C. at the East-West Center in Washington. Residencies may begin as early as March 2019 and extend through September 2019.

The fellowship includes a monthly stipend, and round trip economy airfare to Washington, D.C. Fellows will complete an article and monograph and must give a public seminar on their research topic.

Application:

Apply by: January 2, 2019

For detailed information on how to apply, please visit their Visiting Fellowships web page.

For additional questions, please email: washington@eastwestcenter.org

Applications now open to become a Conference Assistant at the 2019 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty
The land tenure team in the World Bank’s Research Department leads Bank research on land tenure and governance (including large scale acquisition of land) as well as the impact evaluation of scalable land interventions. One of the main activities organized by the team is the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty which brings together representatives from governments, the development community, civil society, academia, and the private sector to discuss issues of concern to communities, land practitioners and policymakers worldwide.

The conference, which has become the premier global forum on land governance, aims to foster dialogue and sharing of good practices around the diversity of reforms, approaches and experiences that are being implemented in the land sector around the world.

Over the past few years, the event has grown from 200-300 participants to over 1000 registered participants. With approximate 1300 participants from over 130 countries, the 2018 conference was by far the largest to date – which demonstrates the increasing attention that governments, civil society, and the private sector are paying to issues related to land governance and responsible agricultural investment.

The 2019 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty is scheduled for March 25-29, 2019. The conference will take place across several conference rooms in the World Bank’s Main Complex (1818 H Street NW) in Washington, DC. The conference program brings a large number of sessions organized around thematic tracks with oral presentations on latest research, impact evaluations, experiences with new approaches for scaling land administration systems and business models; lightning talks on geospatial innovations, and a learning day. This year’s conference theme will be “Catalyzing Innovation.”

To ensure that this event maintains its status as the premier global gathering on land issues, the World Bank seeks to recruit several motivated individuals to serve as conference assistants during the conference.

Responsibilities:

Candidates should be prepared to serve either as a Room Monitor, Registration Assistant, Floater or Photographer. Candidates should be aware that their role may change throughout the conference depending upon overall staffing needs.

Successful candidates will be required to complete two half-day mandatory training sessions to be fully prepared to complete the tasks during the conference week. The first half day training session will take place in December 2018 (tentatively December 1st) and the second full day training session will take place the weekend before the conference (March 23, 2019). As part of this training, all individuals will be expected to assist in final preparations for the conference, including stuffing name badges, organizing table tents and chair packets, placing directional signs around the building, putting up conference posters, and doing a walk-through of each conference room to ensure that the appropriate technology and room set-up are in place. Final arrangements for the training session will be communicated to the successful candidates by the World Bank at a time closer to the conference.

Detailed below are the responsibilities of each type of Conference Assistant:

  • Room Monitors: Responsibilities include tasks that will be performed prior to and during the conference to ensure the successful development of the sessions in their rooms. Room monitors should be prepared to troubleshoot technology or catering issues by contacting the conference organizers in a timely fashion.
  • Registration Assistants: Responsibilities include tasks that will be performed prior to and during the conference such as greeting VIPs and attending to any of their special requests, recording the attendance of registered participants when they arrive, registering new participants, directing participants to their desired session room and other World Bank facilities and communicating in a timely manner with the conference organizers to address any unforeseen issues or questions.
  • Floaters: Responsibilities include tasks that will be performed prior to and during the conference that support all Room Monitors and Registration Assistants as needed.
  • Photographers: Responsibilities include capturing high resolution images of the conference activities, and the diverse group of participants, and will be performed during the conference.Application

Requirements

Suitable candidates must be fluent in English, communicate professionally with high-level World Bank and government representatives, and excel in a fast-paced and multicultural work environment. Demonstrated ability to problem-solve, and experience in customer service are desirable but not required, and knowledge of other languages is an added asset.

Preferably enrolled in an academic program related to the following fields: Urban Planning, Economics, Sustainability, International Development, Tourism Administration, Event and Meeting Management. The candidate should have a legal permit to work in the US.

This contract will begin on December 1, 2018 and expire on April 30, 2019, for a total of 5 days, but the main responsibilities of the Conference Assistants will be executed during the conference (March 25-29, 2019). All Conference Assistants will have the opportunity to take breaks in between sessions and at lunch.

Application

Express interest by: November 15, 2018

Contact Person : Michelle Brydges mgbrydges@gwmail.gwu.edu | Dulce Naime dnaime@worldbank.org

Applications now open for the Center for Advanced China Research (CACR)

The Center for Advanced China Research (CACR) is hiring volunteer research interns to conduct research
and assist with the center’s development. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Ideal candidates are
advanced undergraduate students, recent graduates, and graduate students with knowledge of China’s
political system and foreign policy, excellent Chinese-language research skills, and excellent writing skills.

Opportunities for professional development are as follows:

  • Honing Chinese language research abilities and knowledge of openly available Internet sources,
    conducting writing and analysis for articles, conference reports, and other such projects in accordance
    with the CACR needs.
  • Opportunity to regularly be featured as an author on Party Watch Initiative’s signature weekly report.
  • Opportunity to help shape the development of a new think tank.

Preferred Attributes

  • Currently enrolled in/recently graduated from university program with coursework in China/Asian Affairs.
  • Able to commit 10-20 hours a week to the internship.
  • Excellent Chinese language research skills. Ability to pass a timed language assessment.
  • Excellent analysis, writing, and communication skills.
  • Experience with social media

Application

Please submit the following items by email to jgbowie@ccpwatch.org:

  • 1-2 page resume, PDF
  • 1 paragraph cover letter in body of email explaining relevant experience and qualifications.
  • A short writing sample.
  • A list of 2 references (including reference’s name, title, affiliation, email address, and phone number).

 

Spring 2019 Internship
November 5, 2018
Call for Spring 2019 Internship Applications!
The Project 2049 Institute is accepting applications for Spring 2019 internship positions for current students and recent graduates.
RESEARCH INTERN
Position Responsibilities:
  • Assist with the Institute’s research projects and ongoing programs
  • Assist with administrative tasks, event planning, and other logistics
  • Help maintain and update the Institute’s social media outlets
  • Independent research with opportunities to publish on the Institute’s blog, AsiaEye
  • Attend local events based on research and project interests
  • Complete projects both in teams and individually
Minimum Requirements:
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Interest in Asia and Asian affairs
  • Prior research or work experience related to the Asia-Pacific region
  • Proficiency in Chinese (Mandarin, simplified or traditional) is desirable
  • Current undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently
Benefits of Internship:
  • Gain research experience on Asia security issues
  • Learn about the non-profit and think tank industry from all levels of the Institute’s management
  • Opportunities to network with government and private sector professionals working on Asia-Pacific security and policy
  • Opportunities to contribute to the Institute’s blog, AsiaEye
  • Monthly stipend
To apply for this position, please electronically submit a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample to project2049@project2049.net.
The deadline for application submission is 11:59 pm on Friday, November 30, 2018.
For more information on the Project 2049 Institute, visit our website, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @Project2049.

For Immediate Release: Applications now open for the Taiwan Democracy and Civil Society Visiting Fellowship 

With generous support from the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, GTI is pleased to announce the Taiwan Democracy and Civil Society Visiting Fellowship. The fellowship will enable a scholar from Taiwan to pursue research in Washington, DC. GTI will provide round-trip airfare from Taiwan and a monthly stipend to cover basic living expenses for a period up to 3 months. The visiting fellow will be provided a workstation in GTI’s office, attend GTI and other events in the area, and have the opportunity to engage with US experts and officials. The fellow will also gain exposure to a US audience by publishing in the Global Taiwan Brief and speaking on a panel at one of GTI’s public seminars.

Eligibility

Taiwanese researchers and postgraduates with a demonstrated interest in scholarly research related but not limited to Taiwan’s democracy and civil society are welcome to apply. Researchers with a focus on social movements, demographics, economics, technology, and gender are especially encouraged. Preference will be given to researchers who have clear research goals for their time in Washington, DC.  The fellow will be given a modest stipend of USD $2,500 per month to cover the cost of living.  

Eligibility Requirements  

  • Citizen of Taiwan
  • Holds a Master’s degree and/or higher
  • Has a valid passport (fellows will be responsible for their own travel documents)
  • English language fluency

Fellowship outline

  • Fellows will be based at GTI for up to 3 months.
  • Fellows will contribute articles to the Global Taiwan Brief (GTB).
  • Fellows will serve as panelist at a GTI public seminar.
  • Fellows will be provided with office space in downtown DC, at GTI headquarters.
  • Fellows will have access to research institutions and proximity to US government officials, academics and think tanks, by being located in the US.

Application

Please submit the following items by email to contact@globaltaiwan.org:

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of interest in becoming a visiting fellow at the Global Taiwan Institute
  • Research proposal clearly outlining the fellow’s research focus and reasons why s/he would like to conduct research in DC and with the Global Taiwan Institute
  • A writing sample of academic work  not to exceed 5 pages
  • 1 Recommendation letter

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) proposal’s clarity, appropriateness of methodology, investigator’s degree of familiarity with the research issues, and the potential for professional development; (2) proposal’s contribution to the understanding of contemporary Taiwan affairs and US-Taiwan relations; (3) proposal’s alignment with GTI’s mission and goals, and its status as a non-profit organization.

Deadline

Fellowship applications must be received by 5 pm on December 15, 2018. A decision will be announced by mid-January 2019. Please send inquiries and applications to contact@globaltaiwan.org.

Research Intern- Southeast Asia Program (Spring 2019)

Tracking Code
429-233
Job Description
 

 

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) provides strategic insights and policy solutions for decision-makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. A bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, CSIS conducts research and analysis and develops policy initiatives that look into the future and anticipate change.

 

The Southeast Asia Program at CSIS provides substantive research and dialogue on Southeast Asia policy and regional issues. Since the program began in 2009, the need for a serious and sustained policy focus on Southeast Asia continues to grow. As strategic interest in Asia rises, CSIS remains committed to its position as a premier outlet for research, analysis, and dynamic policy dialogue with Southeast Asia.

 

CSIS offers full-time internships for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience in public policy. The position is paid.

 

JOB SUMMARY:

The Southeast Asia Program is recruiting interns who are highly motivated, professional, and have a strong foundation in Southeast Asia studies and international relations/political economy. We operate a fast-paced, dynamic program, and require interns who are detail-oriented and can work independently or as part of a team. Strong preference will be given to candidates who:

• Demonstrate excellent writing and research skills
• Possess a deep grasp of Southeast Asia’s current political climate and history
• Have a positive attitude and outstanding communication/interpersonal skills

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Interns will contribute to long-term research projects, assist with events hosted by the program, compile the “Southeast Asia Monthly” newsletter, contribute to the program’s social media presence, and provide general support.

 

KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE:

 

• Must be at least a college senior in good standing, a recent graduate, or a graduate student.
• Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution.
• Must be able to work in the United States.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK CONDITIONS:

 

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

 

Performances of duties require the use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND DEADLINES:

 

Please note that application instructions must be followed, otherwise your application may be rejected. Application materials must be submitted by COB on November 26, 2018. Interested applicants please submit the following:

 

• Please include your name on all application materials.
• A resume, preferably in lieu of or addition to the online application resume.
• A one-page cover letter
• A short writing sample of 500-1,500 words. This may be taken from a larger work, but please do not include submissions above 1,500 words. Writing samples relating to Southeast Asia are strongly recommended.
• Unofficial Transcripts
• PDFs are preferred for all documents

 

You can find out more about the Southeast Asia Program on our website, Facebook, Twitter, and blog. Videos of recent events and the latest publications are also available on the website.

 

Questions about the internship can be directed to the Southeast Asia Program, at southeastasiaprogram@csis.org.

 

Job Location
2019 Indonesia Summer Studies Program is an intensive ten-week language and cultural studies fellowship held in Yogyakarta and Jakarta, Indonesia.
Explore the language and culture of Indonesia, the most dynamic emerging economy in Southeast Asia, largest Muslim-majority nation, third largestdemocratic country, fourth most populous nation, and one of the most diversecountries in the world.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 8, 2019
For complete information about the program, click here.
  • U.S. citizens, aged 18-30 years old;
  • University juniors or seniors, currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program; or
  • Recent graduates (within 6 months) of any accredited U.S. college or university.
The application form is available here. In addition, students are required to submit:
  • Personal statement;
  • Resume;
  • Transcript(s); and
  • One letter of recommendation.
For further instructions on how to complete your application, please refer to our Program Information here.
Each student only pays a fee of $2,000 toward this program, and the USINDO provides the substantial remainder. The program fee covers: return international and domestic air ticket, tuition, series of the program activities, accomodation, meals, visa, and travel insurance. All other incidentals are the responsibility of the student.
This year, one $1,500 scholarship is available for those seeking financial aid on a competitive basis.
For more detailed information and application instruction, please visit our official Summer Studies Program webpage to access our Program Information andProgram Application. Kindly share this information to anyone who will be interested.
Inquiries can be directed to usindojkt@usindo.org or call +12022321400 (DC)
or +622139830061 (Jakarta).
Take classes in reading, writing, and speaking Indonesian language for 20 hours every week! To make sure the learning is personalized, students will have one-on-one tutorial sessions and an opportunity mid-program to adjust class levels based on progress.
Create lifelong friends in Indonesia during our Summer Studies program by living with local Indonesian host families for 10 weeks in Yogyakarta.
Have the option to volunteer with local organizations and businesses in Yogyakarta,
or pursue an optional independent study.
During volunteering, Megan, one of 2018 USINDO Summer Studies participants, contributed to the rebranding of a product package for a well-known local confectionary in Yogyakarta, Coklat nDalem.
During Independent Study, Carly, one of our Summer Studies participants from last year, interviewed experts and academics for her research regarding the comparison between western and eastern approaches to medicine (study case: Jamu).
Experience firsthand Indonesian cultural events and workshops! The 2018 Summer Studies participants played the traditional Javanese instrument gamelan, made batik through traditional textile dyeing techniques, learned traditional Indonesian dances, and cooked Indonesian cuisine.
Go on field trips to increase your knowledge of Indonesia! Last year, participants spent three days discovering Yogyakarta’ renowned and historical places, including: Merapi Lava Tour, Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, Indmira organic farming, and Kotagede.
Special Lectures engage participants in discussions with various experts coming from various backgrounds including: the private sector, government officials, scholars, the non-government sector, and the media. They touch upon topics with an emphasis on current issues, keeping in mind students’ interests to craft a customized and enriching experience.
In the picture above, our 2016 Summer Studies participants had a discussion and meeting with Sultan of the historic Yogyakarta Sultanate in Indonesia, and current Governor of Yogyakarta Special Region, Hamengkubuwana X.
Spend three days in Jakarta after the Yogyakarta portion of the program for high level meetings and networking, while discussing contemporary issues facing Indonesia. In the past, participants had the opportunity to meet and network with senior government officials, business and NGO leaders, including with former ministers, deputy speakers, and deputy chief of staff at the Executive Office of the President.
In the picture above, our 2018 Summer Studies participants had an interesting discussion and meeting session with U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, Ambassador Joseph R. Donovan.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship

Deadline: 4 January 2019 (NOON EST)


Purpose

To support students with financial need who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.

Award

The amount of each Fellowship will cover actual tuition (does not include fees) plus an $18,000 annual stipend to be allocated towards room, board and ordinary living expenses. The award is for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 (summer is not applicable).

Eligibility Requirements

Fellowships are available to currently enrolled GW graduate students who are in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering). Applicants must have an outstanding undergraduate record (i.e. 3.5 or above). The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors. Students in Law, Medicine or in PhD programs are encouraged to apply. Candidates must demonstrate a need for financial assistance and must be a citizen of the United States of America.

Application

Please click here to review required documents and to download an application. Interested applicants must carefully review the items that are required for consideration for this opportunity, as well as the submission process.

Please email gradfell@gwu.edu with questions about this fellowship.

GTI Spring 2019 Internship Application now open!

 

GLOBAL TAIWAN INSTITUTE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 

GTI will be hiring interns this coming Spring. Please find below the job description of the internship program that we offer.

The Global Taiwan Institute (GTI) is a private, non-profit policy incubator located in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Our vision is to raise awareness, deepen affinity, and create opportunities for strengthening the relationship between Taiwan and the international community, and especially Taiwan’s relationship with the United States. We do this through policy research and programs that promote better public understanding about Taiwan and its people.

GTI accepts interns several times a year, normally for periods of an academic term, though these terms may be shortened or extended at the discretion of the organization. Our internship program is a generalized one, which will expose interns to the breadth of think tank operations, from research assistance to event planning, and administrative tasks. Internship duties will vary by term and by individual, as interns bring their unique skills, interests, and expertise to the organization.

Spring Internship 2019: January – May

 

Job Summary

The Global Taiwan Institute is seeking Spring interns to assist with: current research projects and reports, production of the bi-weekly Global Taiwan Brief, organization of our monthly public seminars, and with other relevant administrative tasks. Interns may have the opportunity to publish in the Global Taiwan Brief. As a small, start-up organization, we are looking for energetic, flexible, highly-motivated interns who are excited about our mission and work well as a part of a small team. Familiarity with regional issues, editorial and/or writing experience, social media proficiency, interpersonal skills, and a strong work ethic are essential. This internship is unpaid.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in event planning and staffing
  • Assisting with ongoing research and other projects
  • Assisting with data-entry and other administrative tasks
  • Assisting with social media and website posting/maintenance
  • Assisting with production of the Global Taiwan Brief
  • Writing short (2-3 page) articles on relevant topics for potential publication in the Global Taiwan Brief
  • Attending relevant events in Washington, D.C. and reporting back to GTI staff
  • Tracking news and developments in Taiwan, US-Taiwan relations, and the Asia-Pacific region
  • Additional publishing opportunities may be available

Knowledge, Education, and Experience:

  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution (internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students)
  • Strong written, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft suite and social media platforms (eg: Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite)
  • Preference will be given to candidates with proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and other Asian languages
  • Experience with policy research or editing a publication highly desired
  • Interest in Asia policy issues: demonstrated interest in Taiwan, US-Taiwan, and/or cross-Strait issues preferred

Application Materials and Review Process:

  • Resume
  • Name and contact information (email and phone) of two references
  • Cover letter (indicating why you want to intern at GTI)
  • Short Answer Essay (250 words each):
    • What do you see as the three most significant issues facing Taiwan today, and why?
    • What skill-set do you already possess, and what skills or expertise do you wish to gain through this internship?

Please send these materials as email attachments (Word documents) to GTI Program Associate Marzia Borsoi-Kelly at mborsoikelly@globaltaiwan.org with subject: “GTI Spring Internship 2019” by Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Applications that do not include all requested application materials will not be considered.

Mansfield Fellowship Opportunity in Japan for Federal Employees

 

This program provides up to ten federal employees with one year of professional development and networking opportunities in Japan. It was established by the U.S. Congress in 1994 to build a corps of U.S. federal government employees with proficiency in the Japanese language and practical, firsthand knowledge about Japan and its government.

The Mansfield Fellowship Program includes seven weeks of language training in Ishikawa Prefecture and ten months of professional assignments in the Government of Japan. During the one-year program, Fellows will develop an in-depth understanding of Japan’s government and its policymaking process and create networks of contacts with their counterparts in the Japanese government, business, professional, and academic communities.

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to U.S. federal government employees with a professional interest in Japan. Successful candidates will join a diverse pool of Mansfield Fellows who currently serve in senior positions with the U.S. government.

 

The application deadline for the 24th class of Mansfield Fellows is by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 31, and the link to the Mansfield Fellowship Program webpage and online application is here: https://mansfieldfellows.org/

Call for Nominations: Inaugural Young China Watcher of the Year Award

We need your help finding the brightest talent in the young China watching community!

Young China Watchers (YCW) is excited to announce the first annual Young China Watcher of the Year Award. The award seeks to recognize a young professional who has made an extraordinary contribution to the global understanding of China, be that in the realm of politics, business, academia, or civil society. The initiative aims to elevate the work of up-and-coming talent within the global community of China observers, thinkers, and doers.

Check out details on eligibility and nomination criteria here!

This year’s winner will be recognized at a celebration held on November 6, 2018 at Avenues: The World School in New York City. Evan Osnos, New Yorker staff writer and award-winning author of Age of Ambition, will present the award.

This years judges include:

  • Li Xin, managing director of Caixin global
  • Duncan Clark, chairman of BDA China and author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built 
  • Syaru Shirley Lin, University of Virginia professor of political science and former partner at Goldman Sachs
  • Kaiser Kuo, host and co-founder of Sinica Podcast and editor-at-large of SupChina
    This is an excellent opportunity to highlight the work of an exceptional young China watcher. Nominate a rising star!

NOMINATE HERE!

Our Sponsors

Avenues: The World School

Duncan Clark, chairman of BDA China and author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built

Ken Wilcox, chairman emeritus of Silicon Valley Bank

For individuals, foundations, or corporations interested in supporting this initiative please email award@youngchinawatchers.com.

HIRING Curator, Japanese – New York, NY 10011 – 3+ months contract

 

TalentBurst, Inc is currently looking to fill a contract assignment for Curator, Japanese in New York, NY.

Please see below for the relevant information regarding this job and send updated resume in a word format to anjali.seth@talentburst.com

Job Title: Curator, Japanese
Job Location: New York, NY 10011
Job Duration: 3+ months contract

Job Description:
We are looking for a skilled Japanese language curator of digital media, who is capable of quickly and accurately identifying the best Japanese Twitter content in Tweets, photos, and videos.
The ideal candidate has extensive experience in using Twitter on a daily basis, and has a strong journalism/media background with some breaking news experience in a fast paced newsroom environment. This individual has knowledge in a variety of mainstream content verticals (News, Politics, Sports, Entertainment, etc,) in Japan and abroad, and will collect tweets in Japanese to narrate and explain a story in variety of topics. As a member of Twitter Moment’s global curation team, this individual will work closely with colleagues from around the world, and needs to be a strong communicator and a team player, excited to collaborate with the team, and learn from international peers who have different points of view and areas of expertise.
Candidates will need to be available to work early mornings, nights and weekends and should be very familiar with Japanese-speaking Twitter communities and users.

Success in this role is measured by:

  • Identifying Japanese and international events, conversations and emerging trends on Twitter that will drive unique content experiences
  • Curating live streams of Twitter content across various topics in Japanese
  • Weaving stories from Tweets to create compelling, narratively-driven Japanese Moments
  • Working quickly and under time pressure without sacrificing accuracy
  • Communicating early, clearly, and often when collaborating on short and long-term assignments with local as well as global colleagues
  • Providing incisive feedback on use of internal tools

Qualifications:

  • Work experience: 2+ years of experience working in journalism, social media, and/or publishing
  • Deep knowledge of one or more content areas (News, Politics, Sports, Entertainment, etc.)
  • Experience curating Tweets in real-time or for publishing in Japanese
  • Extensive experience using Twitter — preferably as a reporting tool for a media outlet(s)
  • Experience with newsgathering tools such as Tweetdeck, Dataminr, etc. is preferred
  • Education: BA/BS degree required
  • Language skills: Native level Japanese and conversational English skills required

 

International Affairs Fellowship in Japan

The Program

Founded in 1997, the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and Japan. The program provides a select group of mid-career professionals the opportunity to carry out research while affiliated with appropriate institutions in Japan, and to establish long-term professional and personal ties through their activities. Fellows are drawn from academia, business, government, media, NGOs, and think tanks. In cooperation with CFR, the program’s sponsor, Hitachi, Ltd., assists fellows in finding suitable host organizations in Japan. A nonexclusive list of cooperating institutions in Japan can be found below. CFR cannot guarantee placement at any specific agency or organization.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens
  • Applicants must be mid-career professionals
  • Applicants must have a strong record of professional achievement
  • Applicants must have an interest in U.S.-Japan relations
  • Applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree
  • While the program is intended primarily for those without substantial prior experience in Japan, exceptions have been made when an applicant has demonstrated that the fellowship would add a significant new dimension to his or her career
  • Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a requirement

Fellowship Award

The duration of the fellowship is between three and twelve months. The program awards a stipend in yen, which covers travel and living expenses in Japan. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR, and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.

Application Deadline

October 31, 2018

For more information: https://www.cfr.org/fellowships/international-affairs-fellowship-japan#chapter-title-0-4

Okinawa Essay Contest

The Okinawa Prefectural Government and the George Washington University Okinawa Collection (URL) are sponsoring an essay contest to foster research on Okinawan culture, economics, history, politics, and society, including the study of U.S. military base issues in Okinawa.
The Okinawa Prefectural Government hopes that this contest will facilitate further discussions on Okinawa’s future and support new efforts to address different challenges.
This contest is also supported by the Center for Okinawan Studies (URL) and the Okinawa Collection (URL) at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Eligibility

The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates (graduated no earlier than May 2017) attending universities and colleges in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, or Hawaii.

Essay Topic

The applicant must write an essay that focuses on Okinawa in some manner. Possible examples of topic areas might include:
Military bases in Okinawa and the Japan-U.S. alliance
Okinawa’s politics and role in international relations
Political economy of Okinawa’s development
Legacy of history and culture in Okinawan society

Deadline

The deadline for submissions will be noon (EST) on February 1, 2019 (Friday).

Essay Contest Awards

Three essays will be selected for awards by a selection panel of U.S. scholars. Each of the three awardees will receive the following prizes respectively and will have the opportunity to attend an award ceremony held in downtown Washington D.C. in March 2019.
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $400
3rd Place: $300

The 1st and 2nd place winners will have the opportunity to visit Okinawa to deepen their understanding about Okinawa and gain some inspiration for further research.

Awardees will receive travel funding for the award ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Winning essays will be published on the official website of the Okinawa Prefectural Government. Copies of the essays may be shared with libraries in Okinawa and the U.S.

Essay Submission

Please visit the Okinawa Essay Contest website for submission guidelines and to submit your entry.

To website

Contact
If you have any questions, please contact us at info@okinawa-conference.com

PROGRAM ASSISTANT, ASIAN STUDIES PROGRAM

Job Description Summary: The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA) is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world. The school’s unique location—just steps from the White House, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, U.S. Department of State, and dozens of other U.S. and international organizations—enriches its teaching and research, providing students and scholars with unmatched opportunities to engage with the U.S. and international policy communities.

The Program Assistant plays an integral role in event programming and processing expenditures related to the Asian Studies Program (ASP). The incumbent oversees the ASP’s student social events, course scheduling, student fellowships and awards administration, communicates with the Program Director, and website management. The Program Assistant will also assist the Sigur Center in supervising and assigning duties to student assistants, and with other tasks as needed. Specific duties include:

Plans and oversees events and assists the director in organizing various conferences.

Processes various expenditures related to Asian Studies Program.

Administers Fellowships and Awards for Asian Studies Program

Administers website for Asian Studies Program.

Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications: Qualified candidates will hold a high school diploma/GED plus 1.5 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Some background in Asian Studies or knowledge of the Elliott School’s programs.
Ability to manage a website.

Full-Time/Part-Time: Part-Time
Hours Per Week: 20
Work Schedule: 8:30 – 5:30 M-F

Documents needed to Apply

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

For more information regarding the position, including pay, please click here.

RESEARCH INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Call for applicants interested in conducting research on China’s policy and industrial base. The potential positions are paid full-time or part-time internships to begin in late Summer or early Fall. Relevant skillsets include: Mandarin Chinese language (primarily reading) as well as experience researching Chinese politics / government, business / economy, and military. Main work tasks are corporate and policy research, data analysis, and deliverable generation.

Requirements: Mandarin Chinese Language Proficiency, US Security Clearance Eligible

If interested, please email a resume to: emsolem@gwu.edu

This job posting may be found on Handshake at this link

Prof. Deepa Ollapally is seeking a student at the senior undergraduate or graduate level for up to 20 hours a week in the post of Research Assistant for projects on China-South Asia relations including topics of military security, trade and regional cooperation and conflict. Working level knowledge of Chinese is a strong advantage, as is interest/knowledge of the Asian region and international affairs. Student would collect and analyze data, conduct literature reviews, prepare and update material for website and assist with other research related tasks if required. Student should possess strong analytical and writing skills.

Projects are housed in the Rising Powers Initiative of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Student would also assist with general office work and website/social media maintenance for the Sigur Center.

Salary: $15 per hour
Hours per week: 15-20
Required documents: CV/resume and cover letter.

About The George Washington University – Student Employment Positions

Student Employment offers GW students opportunities to gain valuable part-time work experience and start building their professional networks. These include many regular on-campus jobs, as well as all on-campus and off-campus FWS jobs. Student jobs are both an important part of a student’s career development and a vital part of University operations. GW departments and our off-campus FWS partners offer positions that help students earn extra money, build transferable skills needed for future internships and jobs, and strengthen their sense of connection to GW.

FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

          Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC)

LIU XIAOBO FELLOWSHIPS:

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) is offering paid Fellowships to graduates of accredited Bachelor’s, Master’s, and J.D. Programs, or current graduate-level students. CECC Fellowship positions are filled twice a year. The Spring term (Part-Time, 15-20 hours per week) begins approximately in early February and ends in mid-May. The Summer term (Full-Time, 32-40 hours per week) begins approximately in mid-May and ends in August/September. The Commission may recruit additional fellows during the year based on internal needs. The precise start and end dates are determined based on the Commission’s schedule, and the end dates can be negotiated based on Fellows’ needs.

The CECC’s Liu Xiaobo Fellowship was created in honor of renowned Chinese Nobel Prize laureate and prominent political prisoner Liu Xiaobo, who died in state custody in July 2017, just weeks after officials reported that he was battling late-stage liver cancer. A writer, former literature professor, and human rights advocate, Liu Xiaobo was among the chief authors of Charter 08, an open statement calling for political reform and greater protection of human rights in China. Charter 08 was released on December 10, 2008, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Human Rights Day. Liu was detained on December 8, 2008 and later arrested on the charge of “inciting subversion of state power” in connection with his work on Charter 08 and several political essays he wrote. At the time of his death, he had served nearly 8 years of an 11-year prison sentence.

The Liu Xiaobo Fellowship provides significant professional experience for individuals possessing a background in Chinese politics, law, and society, in addition to strong Chinese language skills. Fellows work closely with the Commission and its staff on the full array of issues concerning human rights, the rule of law, and governance in China (including criminal justice, institutions of democratic governance, environmental issues, religious freedom, freedom of expression, ethnic minority rights, women’s rights, etc.).

Fellows perform important research support tasks (often in Chinese), attend China-related events, meet human rights advocates and other professionals whose work is focused on China, and assist staff in the drafting of Commission analyses, in addition to other tasks. Click here for CECC analysis of recent developments in the rule of law and human rights in China. Fellows may also perform research for the Commission’s Political Prisoner Database, which has been accessible to the public since its launch in November 2004 (click here to begin a search).

CECC Fellows will be paid $12/hour. Fellows are not eligible for any additional federal benefits. Further details are available on the Commission’s website at http://www.cecc.gov/about/employment-opportunities.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Fellows must be U.S. citizens.
  • Fellows must be a graduate of an accredited Bachelor’s, Master’s, or J.D. program, or a current graduate-level student.
  • Fellows should have completed at least some China-related coursework. It is also desirable that they have some background in one or more of the specific human rights and rule of law issues in the CECC legislative mandate.
  • Chinese language skills: fellows should be able to read Chinese well enough to assist with research in newspapers, journals, and government documents. More advanced Chinese language capability would be a plus. A successful candidate for a fellowship will often have lived or studied in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume/CV, writing sample, and the names and contact information of two references (assemble application materials in one PDF file, if possible) to the CECC via e-mail to Judy Wright, Director of Administration, at judy.wright@mail.house.gov.NO phone calls, please.

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring Term: Applications must be received by our office no later than 11:59 P.M. (EST) on November 5.
  • Summer Term: Applications must be received by our office no later than 11:59 P.M. (EST) on February 15.

Cover Letter:

  • Please discuss in your cover letter how your professional goals, interests, and background relate to the Commission’s legislative mandate regarding human rights and the rule of law in China.
  • Please include a brief statement addressing how your research skills, knowledge, and experience make you a suitable candidate for the CECC Liu Xiaobo Fellowship.
  • Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are able to read Mandarin Chinese for research purposes. Please indicate your level of fluency, i.e. beginner, intermediate, advanced, or native fluency. If you have taken a Chinese language proficiency exam, such as the HSK or ILR, please indicate the highest score you have obtained.
  • Please indicate how you learned about this fellowship position.

Resume:

  • Please include relevant work history, coursework, educational achievements, honors/awards received, translation experience, and anything else that you feel will help us in our evaluation of your application.

Writing sample:

  • Please provide a writing sample (in English) of no more than two pages and no more than 500 words (double spaced). Your submission must be your own work, and can be an excerpt of a longer piece.

References:

  • Please include their names, titles, phone numbers, and email addresses. Recommendation letters are not required.

ABOUT THE COMMISSION:

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China was created by Congress in October 2000 with the legislative mandate to monitor human rights and the development of the rule of law in China, and to submit an annual report to the President and the Congress. The Commission consists of nine Senators, nine Members of the House of Representatives, and five senior Administration officials appointed by the President.

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