Early Career Scholar Fellow (Two positions)

East-West Center
Honolulu, HI, United States
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.

The Center’s 21-acre Honolulu campus, adjacent to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, is located midway between Asia and the U.S. mainland and features research, residential, and international conference facilities. The Center’s Washington, D.C. office focuses on preparing the United States for an era of growing Asia Pacific prominence.

We are accepting applications for two positions in the Center’s Early Career Scholars program. The ECS program mentors outstanding individuals with the intellectual curiosity and multidisciplinary research skills needed to explore the rapid and transformative changes occurring in fields such as agriculture, urbanization, food security, water usage and conservation, labor and migration, economics, governance, and climate change across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The Fellow will work constructively with colleagues from across the region to advance methodologies for finding, communicating, and implementing new solutions to important policy issues using the language and methods of the biophysical and social sciences. The Center is most interested in candidates whose expertise and work are regional or sub-regional in scope rather than single-country specialists. The ECS program offers the Fellow an opportunity to join a community of collaborators to create imaginative, transdisciplinary projects in pursuit of insights into the complex systems that matter most for science and society in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The positions are for a two-year limited appointment and include the following responsibilities:

  • Engage deeply in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to develop a regional perspective
  • Design and conduct collaborative research with scholars across disciplines on issues of emerging importance in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, which contribute to the management and resolution of critical agriculture, urbanization, food security, water, labor and migration, and/or climate issues in the region
  • Use digital technology to  promote collaborative research across the region using modern information and communication technologies
  • Contribute to scholarly material for publication such as research papers, articles, reports, and monographs
  • Learn about a wide range of foundations and grant-giving institutions to enhance grant-writing skills
  • Apply relevant research findings through stakeholder engagement at various steps of the research cycle and through a variety of publication types and other communication modes (workshops, town halls, and social media)
  • Participate in the planning and organizing of seminars, workshops, and conferences for intercultural exchange of knowledge, experience, and research results
  • Develop proposals for external funding for project activitiesParticipate with colleagues and professionals from other institutions in the development of collaborative activities held at the Center and elsewhere. Carry out activities designed to increase substantive interaction of communicators, policymakers, and researchers concerned with solving challenging and complex problems in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region
  • Actively and effectively present their work orally and in writing to a variety of audiences, both on their own initiative and as requested by the Center


Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in a field such as Geography, Political Science, Economics, Urban and Regional Planning, Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Demography, Sociology, Information Technology, or a related field from an accredited college or university. Seeking individuals who are starting a career or changing career paths toward scholarly research with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a transdisciplinary team in cooperative, cross-cultural, transdisciplinary endeavors. Candidates must be receptive to mentoring in pursuing career objectives and should show a record of research achievement commensurate with their time in their field of study with capacity in analytical and policy-relevant research. Good communication skills in the English language demonstrating the ability to communicate results and recommendations in a clear and concise manner to academic as well as informed policy, public, and private-sector audiences. Candidates will have research and experience in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.


Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed research, research and experience in Asia, including Island Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Hawaii. Ability to bridge educational, research, professional training, and business expertise to resolve social, economic, and environmental issues, realizing that success normally requires multiple sectors to work constructively together.

SALARY: Salary range $62,841 to $67,031 per year (depending on qualifications), plus a cost-of-living allowance (COLA) currently at 10.99% (subject to change) and an attractive benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit an electronic application to www.eastwestcenter.org/employment. Application should include a resume and a cover letter with the position title and a statement addressing how the objectives of the Early Career Scholars Program correspond with the applicant’s career development. Also, include names and contact information of three professional references. Screening and assessment will be based on materials submitted. Applications received by May 15, 2019 will receive full consideration.

For more information about the Center, visit our website at www.EastWestCenter.org.