East-West Center 2017 Jefferson Fellowships for journalists from the United States, Asia & the Pacific Islands.

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Theme: Trade, Security and Strategic Relationships in Asia Pacific and the Future of the US Role

Destination: Honolulu, Hawaii; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing & Shenzhen, China; Manila, Philippines

Dates: May 6-May 28, 2017

Application Deadline: Thursday, January 26, 2017

The 2017 Jefferson Fellowships will explore the stakes in the Asia Pacific region in terms of trade, security, and partnerships in the face of new U.S. policies, approaches and actions. In sessions at the East-West Center in Honolulu, journalists will have an opportunity to hear from U.S.-based analysts about the new administration’s domestic agenda and foreign-policy priorities. Journalists will share with each other through topic papers and presentations how their countries are viewing the Trump Administration and what its policies may mean for their economies, regional partnerships, internal politics and security.

Who Can Apply:

Working print, broadcast, and on-line journalists in the United States, Asia* and the Pacific Islands. Five years of experience preferred. English fluency required. *Please note that scholarship funding applies only to Asian countries in this list.


The Jefferson Fellowships are supported by a grant from The Freeman Foundation and by the East-West Center.

These funds provide for 10-12 full or partial scholarships, including approximately 4-5 for qualified American journalists and 7-8 for Asia Pacific journalists.

All participants, regardless of amount of scholarship, must pay an $800 program fee to cover costs not provided by the scholarship funds. Participants are also responsible for all applicable visa fees, any additional visa-related expenses, health insurance, and baggage fees.

A full scholarship for the Jefferson Fellowships is valued at approximately* $9000 and includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare to and from participant’s home country and throughout the study tour
  • Lodging in each of the cities
  • Provided program meals and a modest per diem to cover meals not provided
  • Ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Cultural activities and networking opportunities
  • Interpretation as needed
  • Pro-rated program costs such as speaker honorariums, cooperating organization costs and meeting rooms
  • Participant Resource Binder and pre-arrival background readings
  • Thumb drive of fellowship documents, speaker PowerPoint presentations and photos
  • Experienced escorts and professionally organized program of meetings and visits, often with unique access to speakers and communities.

Given that there are very few full scholarships available, we strongly encourage media organizations to cost share program expenses and/or airfare. Cost sharing is seen as an indication of the commitment of media organizations to the value of the program and their willingness to invest in the participating journalist. It is an important consideration of the Selection Committee. The “Employer’s Statement of Support” indicating cost sharing is required for all applicants.

Journalists also are welcome to offer cost sharing on their own or identify other sponsors to cost share participation, such as local foundations. Please complete a second copy of the Employer Statement of Support form and indicate who is providing the cost sharing.

*airfares may be higher or lower from different countries


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the East-West Center 2017 Jefferson Fellowships

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