Bernard Schwartz Fellows Program

The Bernard Schwartz Fellows Program seeks to contribute to a better understanding of policy challenges and opportunities related to the growing importance of Asia in the international political arena and global economy. The program selects highly qualified professionals to serve as resident fellows at Asia Society’s headquarters in New York City for up to one year. During the course of their residencies, Schwartz Fellows direct a major and original policy project, including writing a policy-relevant publication for the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Additionally, Asia Society relies on Schwartz Fellows to provide in-house expertise via the media. Opportunities to present their work and/or participate in panel discussions, conferences, and other events at the Society’s Centers in the United States and Asia are also arranged. In these ways, Schwartz Fellows play an important role in the Society's mission of promoting policy dialogue and public education on Asia.

 

Application guidelines and expectations

Bernard Schwartz Fellows are selected from among the world's most respected leaders/thinkers whose work focuses on Asia. The requirements for Bernard Schwartz Fellows include a solid record of distinction, a soundly conceived project proposal with clear policy relevance, and a commitment to engaging the policy community and the broader public in a better understanding of Asia. Candidates should be media-savvy and must be comfortable in speaking to print and television (including live) media. A minimum of 10 years of experience is required; this is a senior level position.

The application process is highly competitive. Candidates are drawn internationally from the fields of government, academia, journalism, business, and civil society. Nominations are by invitation or by application. The requirements for Bernard Schwartz Fellows include a solid record of distinction, a soundly conceived project proposal with clear policy relevance, and a commitment to engaging the policy community and the broader public. The Program does not fund pre- or postdoctoral research or work toward a degree.

Bernard Schwartz Fellows are expected to engage in the following activities:

  • Direct a major and original policy project, including writing a policy-relevant publication for the Asia Society Policy Institute, such as a report or other policy-related publication(s)
  • Speak regularly to print and television media in the U.S. and Asia on issues in areas of expertise as well as on topics broader than expertise area
  • Contribute stories and writings regularly for major Asian or U.S. publications in the form of op-eds and other articles, as well as contribute writings regularly to the Asia Society website
  • Participate in public events at Asia Society in New York and Washington, D.C., with additional potential speaking opportunities at other Asia Society Centers domestically and globally
  • Provide advice to the organization in the conceptualization and organizing of ongoing projects and public programs and/or briefings, including planning, directions, and potential speakers, as appropriate
  • Participate in activities related to Asia Society’s community of fellows and network of partner institutes

ASPI is not yet accepting applications and nominations for the 2015 Bernard Schwartz Fellows program. We will open a call for applications in the coming months. If you have questions about the Fellows Program, please address them to Anubhav Gupta at [email protected] with the subject line “Bernard Schwartz Fellows Program.”