Early Career Fellow - Lower Mekong and China (2121)

Hawaii, United States
$73,514.00 - $80,686.00
Mar 06, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

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 also maintains an office in Washington, D.C.


Applications are being accepted for an Early Career Fellow (ECF) who specializes on agrarian issues in the Lower Mekong region. The ECF program mentors outstanding individuals with the intellectual curiosity and multidisciplinary research skills needed to explore the rapid and transformative changes occurring in agriculture, food security, water, labor and migration, and climate across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Fellows will be proficient in the digital world promoting collaborative research across the region using modern information and communication technologies. Fellows will work constructively with colleagues from across the region to advance methodologies for finding, marketing, and implementing new solutions in the language and methods of biophysical and social sciences and to communicate findings to policy and public audiences. The ECF program offers the Fellow an opportunity to join a community of collaborators to create imaginative, transdisciplinary projects that enhance international cooperation, socioeconomic well-being, and justice.


The position is for a two-year limited appointment and will include the following responsibilities:


  • Conduct individual research and writing on issues relating to Lower Mekong region, agrarian change, and the role of China in affecting transformation.
  • Contribute scholarly papers, including articles, papers, and reports on these issues and also new opinion pieces to external media, including social media, as well as East-West Center publications intended for policy and public audiences.
  • Be willing to engage in conferences, townhall meetings, East-West Center student activities, and to be interviewed on issues of the ECF’s expertise.
  • Work with East-West Center colleagues and grant writers to fashion projects and proposals of interest to funders in foundations, governments, and international organizations.
  • 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 political, economic, agriculture, urbanization, food security, water, labor and migration, and/or climate issues in the region
  • Learn about a wide range of foundations and grant-giving institutions to enhance grant writing skills


Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in a social science field such as Geography, Anthropology, Political Science, Economics, Environmental Management 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 Lower Mekong region.



Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed research, and experience in the Lower Mekong region. Ability to speak a regional language and/or Mandarin. Demonstrated capacity to bridge disciplinary, sectoral, and culture boundaries underlying that problem-solving requires drawing upon diverse kinds of expertise and perspectives.  Previous experience in proposal writing.


COMPENSATION: Salary range $73,514 to $80,686 per year (depending on qualifications), which includes a cost-of-living allowance (COLA) currently at 10.28% (subject to change) and an attractive benefits package.


OTHER INFORMATION: This position is based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Work will be conducted primarily remotely while COVID restrictions are in place, but successful candidates are required to reside in Hawaii throughout their appointment. Employees are expected to be onsite at our Honolulu offices once it is deemed safe to do so.


HOW TO APPLY: Submit an application at 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 Fellow 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, 2021 will receive full consideration.


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


An Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled.

As required under Title IX, the East-West Center does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities it operates, including in admissions and employment.

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