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The Asia Foundation
Addressing the Critical Issues Facing Asia - 60 Years
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Congressional Fellows Program

The Asia Foundation has had a long-standing relationship with the Congressional Fellowship Program. Established in 1953 by the American Political Science Association (APSA), the program expands knowledge and awareness of Congress and the policy-making process through the Fellows' placement in offices of Congressional members over a six to nine-month period.

The Foundation's sponsorship of Fellows from Asia dates back to 1958, with a grant to the first Fellow from Japan. Since then, nearly 130 Foundation-funded Fellows from the region have gained an understanding of the ways of Congress through the Congressional Fellowship Program. Nominees are identified by the Foundation's Country Representatives in a network of field offices throughout Asia; unsolicited applications are not accepted. APSA makes the final decision on a class of 30 - 40 participants each year in a highly competitive and nonpartisan process.

At the outset of their program, Fellows attend an orientation seminar on U.S. Foreign Policy, specially designed for them by Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.. In addition, they are able to attend any number of presentations by policy specialists, including events organized by The Asia Foundation's Washington office. Research resources of the Washington community are also available to the Fellows.

Among the Foundation's previous Congressional Fellows are: Surin Pitsuwan, former Foreign Minister of Thailand and current Secretary-General of ASEAN; Yun Yojung Lim, former Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister of Korea; and Park Kwon Sang, retired President of the Korea Broadcasting System.

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