To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has joined with the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (SEA CAPE) to offer several "ASEAN@50" Fellowships in 2018. The Fellowship programme was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on 8 August 2017 at the ASEAN Regional Forum as part of ASEAN's fiftieth anniversary celebration.
The ASEAN@50 Fellowships will fund 3 to 6 leaders from ASEAN universities, research institutes, think tanks and businesses to undertake research and public engagement in New Zealand throughout 2018.
The purpose of the ASEAN@50 Fellowship Programme is to build mutual knowledge and understanding between New Zealand and ASEAN while also strengthening New Zealand's relations with the region. The initiative is consistent with the goals of the People Strategy of the ASEAN/NZ Strategic Partnership and the Plan of Action 2016-2020 to enhance a better understanding between ASEAN and New Zealand. It also aligns with key objectives of the SEA CAPE to broaden and deepen understanding of ASEAN and its constituent member nations in New Zealand.
Terms and Conditions
- The ASEAN@50 Fellowships will provide funding for living expenses, international and domestic travel costs, participation at workshops/seminars, research allowance, insurance and a possible stipend.
- The Fellowships will be offered to business leaders and academics from universities, research institutes and think tanks.
- The Fellows will be expected to build awareness of ASEAN and its constituent member states in New Zealand, with a particular focus on trade, business and the economic-security nexus in the region.
- ASEAN@50 Fellows will come to New Zealand for periods between 10 days and 3 months.
- Depending on their area of expertise and background, ASEAN@50 Fellows will participate in research and/or deliver seminars, briefings and lectures to diverse audiences, including, but not limited to, academics and students, government agencies, businesses and the public.
- ASEAN@50 Fellows will need to be available for outreach including, but not limited to, Track II and government engagement.
- ASEAN@50 Fellows will need to be available for media interviews and commentaries.
- While possibly based at one of the universities in the CAPE Consortium, the ASEAN@50 Fellows will be expected to travel to other parts of New Zealand during the tenure of their Fellowship.
- Upon completion of their Fellowship, ASEAN@50 Fellows will need to provide a short report on their experience.
- The 2018 ASEAN@50 Fellows will be selected and announced in February 2018.
What happens afterwards?
Successful applicants will be notified by email in February 2018. If you have any questions about the fellowship programme, the application process, or any other matters, please contact email@example.com.