Asia Fellows Program

About the Asia Fellows Program

Please Note: We do not accept open applications at this time

The Asia Fellows Program allows visiting scholars and practitioners to engage in independent research projects pertaining to various Asian public policy issues and challenges. Asia Fellows have access to a wide range of academic resources at Harvard, including libraries, e-resources, course auditing (subject to instructor approval), research centers, and scholars. Fellows will receive a certificate upon satisfactory completion of their program requirements at a farewell luncheon at the end of the academic year, but no degrees will be conferred. Fellows have access to working stations equipped with shared computers and printers that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Fellows appointment begins in August and ends in June.

Visiting Scholars/Practitioners participate in monthly research seminars that feature guest speakers from both within and outside the Harvard Kennedy School working on various public policy issues pertained to Asia. Pre-Doctoral Fellows participate in weekly workshops which allow them to present their academic works in progress, network with other Ph.D. students in the Boston area, and present their final presentations in public panels at the end of the academic year. We also organize center-wide fellows study group series that allows Asia Fellows to interact with other program fellows and students.

In addition to academic pursuits, Asia Fellows are encouraged to explore the various cultural and historical activities available in the Boston area. The Ash Center hosts several events throughout the year for fellows including (but not limited to): apple picking, Thanksgiving Lunch and a Lunar New Year PartyMany of our fellows are also encouraged to interact with HKS degree-seeking students with overlapping research interests and professional backgrounds through the Research Pairs initiative.

Program Requirements

Fellows must:

  • Be fluent in both written and spoken English
  • Be capable of independent research
  • Attend the new fellows orientation at the beginning of the semester
  • Participate in monthly research seminars (visiting scholars/practitioners) or weekly workshops (pre-doctoral fellows)
  • Submit a final paper in order to qualify for the program completion certificate
The Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia does not offer any financial support or stipend for individuals’ expenses, such as living costs, health insurance, travel expenses, and mandatory fellows program fees. In the past, fellows have funded their affiliation with grants from such sources as the Fulbright/IIE, China Scholarship Council, Ford Foundation and/or personal funds.


Applications to the Asia Fellows Program are by invitation only in research areas that are of relevance to the Ash Center. We do not accept open applications. If you have any questions regarding the Asia Fellows Program please email