James A. Kelly Korea Fellowship

Part of the: 
Pacific Forum CSIS
Kelly Fellows

The James A. Kelly Korean Studies/Fellowship Program will promote academic study, research, and professional career paths focused on Korean Peninsula studies by young Kelly Fellows.

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The James A. Kelly Korean Studies/Fellowship Program promotes academic study, research, and professional career paths focused on Korean Peninsula studies by young Kelly Fellows.

This fellowship aims to consolidate, enhance, institutionalize, and build upon the Pacific Forum’s existing Korea-oriented programs. Kelly Fellows will focus on Korean Peninsula studies through participation in the Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders program, through in-residence research at the Pacific Forum, and through the continuing series of U.S.-ROK and broader tri-/multilateral forums. It recognizes the exemplary efforts of Jim Kelly to improve U.S.-ROK relations and encourage the DPRK to denuclearize and join the international community of nations.

The overall objectives are to promote stronger U.S.-ROK, South-North, and U.S.-DPRK relations through a variety of Pacific Forum programs. The program will make a deliberate effort to encourage the study of Korean economic and security issues with particular focus on raising the awareness among the next generation of scholars and officials in the U.S., ROK, and worldwide about the vital role the Korean Peninsula plays in regional and international affairs.

This program has been made possible by a generous start-up grant by an anonymous donor who has pledged an additional one million dollar in support of the “James A. Kelly Korean Studies/Fellowship Program” with the proviso that the Pacific Forum raise an additional million dollars in matching funds. We welcome inquires about this program and both one-time and continuing financial pledges as we work to build an endowment fund to perpetuate this program. Contributions are fully tax deductible and can be sent to the Pacific Forum CSIS.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Open citizenship with a focus on Korea.
  • A bachelor’s degree by the start of the Fellowship.
  • Proficient in English (verbal and written skills).
  • For non-U.S. citizens, applicant must possess or be eligible for an extended stay visa


Application Procedure:

Application process for the Kelly Fellowship is closed and will reopen in Spring 2016.

The application packet must include:

  • Kelly Fellow application (Download HERE)
  • A cover letter detailing interests and why the Pacific Forum Kelly Fellowship will contribute to the applicant’s professional development
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A description of a research project to undertake as a Kelly Fellow (not to exceed 1,800 words)

Applications can be submitted via postal mail or e-mail at:

Attn: Kelly Fellow Program
Pacific Forum CSIS
1003 Bishop Street, Suite 1150
Honolulu, HI 96813
Fax: 1-808-599-8690
Email: PacificForum@pacforum.org

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