Jefferson Fellowships for Journalists in USA and Asia Pacific Region, 2015

Jefferson Fellowships for Journalists in USA and Asia Pacific Region, and applications are submitted till January 27, 2015. Applications are invited for Jefferson fellowships available to working print, broadcast and online journalists from the United States, Asia and the Pacific Islands. The funds provide for 10-13 full or partial fellowships, including approximately 4-5 for qualified American journalists and 7-8 for Asia Pacific journalists. Fellowships are awarded for an intensive one-week education and dialogue seminar at the East-West Center in Honolulu followed by two weeks of study tour travel in the Asia Pacific-U.S. region. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): | Honolulu, Hawaii; Beijing and Hainan Island, China; Manila and Masinloc, Philippines; and Singapore

Level:Fellowship is available for working journalists at the East-West Center in Honolulu followed by two weeks of study tour travel in the Asia Pacific-U.S. region.

Field(s): Fellowship theme is South China Sea: Trade, Resources and Conflict.

Deadline: January 27, 2015.

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

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Jefferson Fellowships are targeted for Countries/Citizens Eligible for funded Jefferson Fellowships are: Southeast Asia: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam; East Asia: China (Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland, Taiwan), Japan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea, 

Mongolia, Russia; South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka; Pacific Region: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French, Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna Islands and USA.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: These funds provide for 10-13 full or partial fellowships, including approximately 4-5 for qualified American journalists and 7-8 for Asia Pacific journalists.

Scholarship Duration: The fellowship period is from May 2 to 23, 2015.

Scholarship covers: Full or partial fellowships will be awarded.


‣ The 2015 Jefferson Fellowships will provide journalists with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of these complex issues including the role that oceans play in the prosperity and security of Asia Pacific countries, the legal frameworks that govern the use of the seas, the roles of various countries and organizations in enforcing these rules, the disputes over ownership of maritime territory in the South China Sea and the prospects for the way forward. 

‣ In Honolulu journalists will learn about these issues and the role of the United States from regional experts, US military officials, and presentations by one another. 

‣ Travel to China and the Philippines will provide first hand perspectives from two of the key claimants in South China Sea disputes who are at the center of the first case brought for international arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas. 

Visits to the capital cities as well as local communities bordering the South China Sea will explore the importance of the seas to both countries—one a continental rising global power and the other a developing island nation. 

‣ In Singapore, participants will explore the business of trade by sea in a city-state highly dependent on maritime transshipment for its prosperity and one of the gateways to the Malacca Strait, through which almost 50,000 ships carrying half the world’s trade and one-third of global oil pass each year. 

‣ Singapore also offers an opportunity to explore strategies and scenarios for regional cooperation in managing territorial disputes as well as efforts to mitigate piracy and manage congestion in these vital shipping lanes.


‣ The Jefferson Fellowships are open to working print, broadcast, and online journalists in the United States, the Pacific Islands, and Asia.

A minimum five years of professional experience is preferred. Applicants must have the ability to communicate in English in a professional, multi-cultural environment. Preference will be given to journalists who clearly articulate the relevance of the theme to their areas of coverage and how they intend to use the knowledge gained to enhance the perspectives of viewers, readers, and listeners. Ideally every journalist or editor or producer will generate media content from the program.

Scholarship Application Method

‣ Complete applications must be submitted via email or fax. NOTE: Please indicate “Jefferson Fellowships Application” in the subject heading of your e-mail or fax.

‣ In addition to the application form, applicants must also provide all of the following:

  • A letter outlining the following (maximum three pages, double-spaced, please): what you expect to accomplish if an award is granted and what issues you want to explore/write about during the program. Please share specific story ideas or details of how this will enhance your work as reporter/editor/producer, etc.; 
  • a brief description of your news organization and your role; 
  • topics you propose to address in your paper and presentation at the East-West Center (please see the full program announcement for more information about this requirement of the program). This should be a perspective from your own country on an issue or issues related to the theme of the program. The strongest applicants will make a case for why this theme is relevant to their beat and/or their country, how their reporting will stand to benefit from this opportunity, and will offer specific, relevant story ideas (in their role as an editor, producer, reporter, columnist, etc).

‣ A letter of recommendation on official letterhead from your supervisor describing your suitability for the Fellowship and the benefit the organization hopes to derive from your participation in the program. 

‣ Freelance journalists are welcome to apply; please send a letter on official letterhead from a media organization that regularly accepts and publishes or airs your work. 

‣ If your media organization is not paying your program fee or providing financial support, supervisors should indicate why not.

‣ The “Employer’s Statement of Support” form completed by your employer (third page of application form). Freelancers must also submit the Employer Statement of Support form. Please write “Freelancer” for employer name.

‣ Names, addresses, phone/fax numbers and e-mail of three people who may be contacted by the Center as references. Two of these references should be people outside your news 


‣ Scholarship Applications are due on January 27, 2015.

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

For more Information about Jefferson Fellowships


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