POSCO Visiting Fellowship Program, USA

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POSCO Visiting Fellowship

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.

Nature of the Fellowship

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. The Fellow may also be asked to participate in local outreach and public diplomacy activities. Proposals for cost-shared fellowships are welcomed.

Areas of Research

During the year 1 March 2011 through 28 February 2012 the East-West Center proposes to invite four to six visiting fellows.

These fellows will spend one or two months each carrying out policy-related research on issues regarding Northeast Asia that are of common concern – such as globalization, economic regionalism, economic restructuring, political change, and the changing East Asian security environment, including the Korean Peninsula. In particular, the POSCO Fellowship Program is intended to generate constructive and informative research on four important issues :

  1. issues concerning the two Koreas and Northeast Asia;
  2. security issues for Korea and Northeast Asia;
  3. economic and social aspects of Korea-related issues;
  4. political aspects of Korea-related issues.

Expected Outputs and Publication Opportunities

Under the Korea Foundation grant agreement, POSCO Visiting Fellows will be required to prepare a quality paper addressing the issues as outlined above or developed in his or her proposal to be published in academic journals 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 with 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 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, 2010 :

(Applications are no longer being accepted for 2010/2011.)

Applications should include :

  • Application form
  • A cover letter indicating the research theme or project for which the applicant is applying
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names of three referees, including full name, title, address, telephone and fax number, and email address.
  • Research proposal (3 to 5 pages) including:

The research proposal should include the following :

1. Setting out the issue or issues they propose to investigate.
2. Their research method.
3. The relationship of the proposed study to ongoing work in the area.
4. How the proposed study can advance regional development and cooperation.
5. The duration of fellowship required, expected time that the applicant can be in residence at the East-West Center.
6. The anticipated publication product.

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

Applications should be sent to :

Denny Roy,
Coordinator of POSCO Visiting Fellowships,
East-West Center,
1601 East-West Road,
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96848-1601 USA,
Fax: (808) 944-7399,
Email: royd@EastWestCenter.org.