• Taiwan Visiting Fellow (Job ID: 2018-1746)

    Posted Date 3 months ago(5/4/2018 12:00 PM)
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    About the Center for East Asia Policy Studies


    Established in 1998 as the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, CEAP is part of the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy program and is a center for research, analysis, and exchange on the compelling policy challenges facing East Asia and U.S.-Asia relations. CEAP implements program activities in two program tracks: an active series of events on political, economic, and security issues and scholarly research and publication. Drawing on the Brookings Institution’s long-standing ties to the region, CEAP is a leading venue for transpacific policy dialogue, research, and publication devoted to East Asia. The Center is co-directed by Dr. Richard Bush, a senior fellow in Brookings’s Foreign Policy program, and the Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies, and Mireya Solís, senior fellow and the Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies. More information on CEAP is available at http://www.brookings.edu/about/centers/east-asia-policy-studies.    


    The Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAP) at the Brookings Institution is accepting applications for a Visiting Fellow from Taiwan.


    During the 2018 program year, CEAP will give preference to applications that include research proposals focused on the issue of Taiwan’s sovereignty in cross-Strait relations (what are the elements of sovereignty, which are critical, which are not, etc.). Applications for the 2018 program year must be submitted to the Brookings website by July 6, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the results in July 2018.


    The Visiting Fellow will be drawn from the mid- to senior-level ranks of Taiwan’s academic community, and should expect to repatriate and contribute to that community after the fellowship. The Fellow will be selected on a highly competitive basis, following a careful review of all applications. The applicant selected for the fellowship is eligible for a stipend, to support living expenses, of up to $5,000 USD per month for a period of four to six months to begin in September 2018. Brookings will follow U.S. tax guidelines regarding tax withholding and reporting on stipend payments. Brookings will provide a workspace, networked desktop computer, an individual network account, and access to Brookings research resources. Assistance with the visa application process will be provided; however, Brookings cannot guarantee the issuance of a visa. As part of the visa process, the Visiting Fellow will be required to take an online English proficiency assessment. The Visiting Fellow and any accompanying family members will be required to maintain adequate medical insurance for the duration of the program. A Visiting Fellow with an appointment of six months will be eligible to participate in the Institution's medical insurance plan during the period of appointment; other arrangements will be explored for appointments of less than six months. The Visiting Fellow may bear some financial cost for medical insurance. Immediate family members accompanying the Visiting Fellow may also be included at an additional charge.


    During the fellowship, the Visiting Fellow will conduct self-directed individual research and collaborative activities, interact with other scholars and professionals around the community, and take part in the wide array of policy seminars and discussions available at Brookings and other organizations. The Brookings Institution’s location and convening power give the Visiting Fellow the opportunity to hear views from and interact with scholars and experts, opinion leaders, journalists, and others.


     Applicant Requirements

    • A Ph.D. in economics, political science, international relations, history, or a related discipline is required.
    • Applicants should hold a tenure track position at a university in Taiwan.
    • Applicants should have at least 6-8 years of professional experience in universities or policy research organizations with practical or scholarly exposure to current political, security, or economic trends in the region.
    • In addition to Chinese-language fluency, applicants must have a demonstrated ability to conduct professional, in-depth research and deliver spoken presentations in English.


    Program Requirements

    • The Visiting Fellow must be available for a full-time affiliation with The Brookings Institution for the entire four to six-month program, beginning September 2018 and ending no later than February 1, 2019.
    • The Visiting Fellow is required to research and write a working paper (minimum 6,000 words, maximum 8,000 words) on policy topic agreed to with the CEAP director. A final draft of the paper is due by the end of the fellowship; CEAP staff will work with the Visiting Fellow after the Fellowship term to edit and proof-read the paper before publication on the Brookings website.
    • The Visiting Fellow may present his or her paper at a Brookings seminar during the course of the Fellowship.
    • The Visiting Fellow must be familiar with and uphold the Brookings Institution’s commitment to independent, nonpartisan research and publication, and to maintaining the highest level of integrity in pursuit of this mission.
    • The Visiting Fellow is expected to be an active participant in Brookings and CEAP activities, including but not limited to regularly organized discussions and attending CEAP discussions, seminars, presentations, press briefings, and other CEAP and Brookings events.


    Application Information


    Applications for the 2018 program must be submitted to the Brookings website by July 6, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the results in July 2018.


    Applications should consist of five elements:

    1. The applicant’s resume or curriculum vitae, listing professional and educational experience, and publications (noting publications in English);
    2. A detailed 2000-word research proposal for a “working paper” to be researched and written at Brookings during the Visiting Fellowship. This paper is considered to be the main product of the Visiting Fellowship, and the proposal is an important part of the application.

    In 2018, CEAP will give preference to research proposals focused on Taiwan’s sovereignty in cross-Strait relations (what are the elements of sovereignty, which are critical, which are not, etc.).


    Candidates should submit a detailed working paper proposal as part of the application. The proposal should be at least 2000 words (roughly four pages) and should include the following:

    • A preliminary title and statement of the topic.
    • An explanation of the problem or policy issue to be examined and the anticipated conclusion.
    • A description of the paper’s organization and substantive components.
    • A brief discussion of the analytical framework and research methods to be utilized.
    • A statement of objectives to be met in researching this topic and completing this paper.
    • An assessment of how the paper would contribute to the policy community’s understanding of the issue.
    • An explanation of the impact that living in Washington would have on research of this topic.

         3. Detailed written responses to the following questions:

    • How would this Visiting Fellowship, and more broadly your tenure at Brookings, advance your career?
    • How would you use experiences you gain during your tenure at Brookings when you return to Taiwan? How would they contribute to your home institution and your work?
    • Which organizations and experts would you most like to have contact with during your CEAP fellowship?

         4. One writing sample in English, on topics related to domestic or foreign policy, or the topic listed above. The writing                sample should be at least 2500 words (roughly five single-spaced pages) and should not have been edited by a third              party.


         5. Letters of reference from three supervisors or professional colleagues. Letters can be sent directly to Brookings by the            authors or can be included in the application package.


    Questions should be forwarded via email to achang@brookings.edu.  


    Additional Information:


    Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.


    Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


    Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.







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