Asia-Pacific Fellows Program

Application Deadline: April 1, 2015

The RAND Corporation's Center for Asia-Pacific Policy (CAPP) is pleased to announce the Asia-Pacific (AP) Fellows Program. The selected AP Fellows will spend 12 months in residence at RAND during which time they will work on a pre-approved research project. In exceptional cases, longer periods will be considered. In support of the research project, fellows may also take up to two elective courses at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

The AP Fellows Program is intended to benefit mid-tier to senior-tier career professionals looking to improve their research competence. Preferred candidates will have a minimum of a master's degree and a proven ability to conduct independent and objective social scientific policy research. They must display relevant experience; examples include a strong background in academia, government, the military, non-profit work or the private sector. All applicants must be sponsored by their employing organization. Candidates are welcome from all countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Applicants may focus their research on any substantive policy area that RAND does work on, including civil justice, education, environmental affairs, health care, infrastructure, labor and population issues, national and homeland security, and science and technology.

While in residence, AP Fellows will be provided with office space to conduct their research and writing, computing and telephone access, and administrative support. AP fellows will be paired with a RAND analyst who will assist them for networking and outreach within RAND and in the broader policy communities of Santa Monica, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, or Boston; and provide feedback on the fellow's own research.

AP Fellows will be expected to make two presentations during their stay in residence: an interim progress report a few months after arriving to present their proposed study project to the RAND analytic community, and a second final project briefing no less than one month prior to the conclusion of their stay.


A complete application package will include:

  • One page candidate biography plus photo;
  • A curriculum vitae or resume highlighting the candidate's education, work experience, and other relevant particulars including research languages and areas of functional expertise (not to exceed three pages);
  • A two-page description of the proposed topic of inquiry and research plan, including sources of funds for funding research (such as travel costs and data collection costs), a description of the likely impact of the candidate's research, a plan for promoting it (including a discussion of prospective journals the candidate might publish in), an explanation of why the candidate sees RAND as a desirable venue to conduct the proposed study, and a choice of preferred office to work from (Santa Monica; Washington, D.C.; Pittsburgh; or Boston); and
  • A statement from the candidate's proposed sponsoring organization (employer) committing to fund the fellow while in residence at RAND.

The next cycle of the Asia-Pacific fellows program will commence October 1, 2015 with a week-long orientation program in RAND's Santa Monica headquarters office before candidates settle into their assigned office. Fees for the program are US$40,000 for 12 months.

Review of applications will commence on April 1, 2015, with decisions on application packages finalized by May 15, 2015. Questions and all materials should be sent as an email attachment for the attention of CAPP Deputy Director Scott W. Harold at: