Research Innovation & Collaboration and Exchange (RICE) 2024

This informs the public about the Research Innovation & Collaboration and Exchange (RICE) Fellowship Program 2024. Details about the Program are given below.

 Research Innovation & Collaboration and Exchange (RICE) Fellowship Program 2024

The East-West Center (EWC) will provide RICE Fellowships for scholars, policy experts, non-government organization / civil society organization (NGO/CSO) members, researchers, or journalists from the Indo-Pacific Region, including the United States, to undertake research or other projects on topics related to the domestic/international governance, environmental issues, political economy issues around trade, technology and integration, and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific.

Program Details

RICE Fellows will undertake research or other projects at the EWC in the Honolulu or Washington, DC offices. The length of the RICE Fellowship will be based on the project as will the associated stipend, support, and travel funding. In some cases, a recipient may be permitted to work at another location, provided sufficient project-relevant justification is presented.

During the Fellowship terms, participants will pursue their project interests while taking advantage of the resources and access to the East-West Center’s Honolulu and Washington, DC offices. Moreover, participants will have opportunities to collaborate with EWC researchers to enhance and advance their projects. Emphasis for selection will be on proposed collaborations and exchanges which create or strengthen networks, partnerships, and shared outcomes.

Application Requirements

  • A completed online application form
  • A full CV
  • Two letters of reference
  • A 2-page statement outlining the proposed work. The proposal must include a summary of the project to be pursued (e.g, a research publication or other product as outlined above), a schedule and identified milestones to complete the project, an explanation of how the collaboration with EWC will further the proposed work (e.g., access to research experts, dialogues with key partners, convening for critical dialogue, etc.).  Proposals should focus on bringing individuals and organizations from the United States, Asia, and the Pacific together to share perspectives, consider common challenges and opportunities, and create collaborative outcomes.
  • Budget for the work, including requested stipend, travel, housing, other costs,


  • Applicants must be nationals of a country from the Indo-Pacific or the United States and eligible to receive a fellowship stipend.
  • Applicants must possess a minimum of a completed Master’s degree. Research applicants should have completed a PhD, while policy experts, NGO/CSO leaders, and journalists, among others, should have demonstrated experience in their professions.  Preference will be given to candidates who have not yet had the opportunity to conduct research, projects, and network in Honolulu or Washington, DC.
  • Due to EWC funding regulations, non-US citizens or permanent residents who are selected as RICE Fellows will require East-West Center J-1 visa sponsorship during their residency. Acceptance of the fellowship will subject fellows to Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act or the two-year home country residency requirement before the fellow may apply for a change of status in the United States, permanent residency, or an H, L, or K visa.

RICE Fellowship participants must adhere to the East-West Center’s public health and COVID-19 safety regulations.

How to Apply

For those interested in the Research Innovation & Collaboration and Exchange (RICE) Fellowship Program 2024. Open this link to start the application process.

Application Deadline

  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 March 2024.

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