We encourage greater understanding between Asians and Americans with the ultimate aim of contributing towards strengthened U.S.-Asia relations. Over more than six decades, Foundation grants have provided thousands of participants with opportunities to exchange views and gain direct experience with regions other than their own.
- Asia Foundation Development Fellows
- Congressional Fellows
- William P. Fuller Fellowship in Conflict Resolution
- L.Z. Yuan Fellowship in Media and International Affairs
- Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Fellowship Program
- Margaret F. Williams Memorial Fellowship in Asian Art
- Brayton Wilbur Jr. Memorial Fellowship in Asian Art
- Nieman Fellowship in Journalism
- Young Diplomats U.S. Study Program
- Luce Scholars
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Asia Foundation Development Fellows
The Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program provides highly-qualified young professionals from Asia with an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain in-depth knowledge of Asia’s critical development challenges. The year-long professional advancement program draws on The Asia Foundation’s extensive 18-country network and deep expertise working with innovative leaders and communities across the region. The program is designed to be a multifaceted experience, involving intensive learning modules—short courses, conferences, and study tours in Asia and the U.S.—to enhance leadership skills, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure.
Since 1958, The Asia Foundation has supported hundreds of Asian participants representing government, civil society, media and, academia in the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program. These individuals have gone on to be leaders in their respective countries with a better understanding of the United States, the role of government and its relationship to citizens, and in particular, the roles and responsibilities of elected representatives in a democratic system. For nine months, select political scientists, journalists, doctors, federal executives and international scholars gain understanding of the legislative process by serving on congressional staffs. Through this unique opportunity, the Association enhances public understanding of policy-making and improves the quality of scholarship, teaching and reporting on American national politics.
William P. Fuller Fellowship in Conflict Resolution
In 2004, The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees established the William P. Fuller Fellowship in Conflict Resolution to honor Dr. Fuller at the conclusion of his 15-year tenure as president of the Foundation. This tribute reflects the organization’s long-standing interest in the field and Dr. Fuller’s personal concern for furthering the professional development of a cadre of young Asians with leadership potential and a commitment to advancing knowledge and experience regarding the management of subnational conflicts. The fellowship award supports a six-month professional affiliation with a relevant institution in the U.S. arranged by The Asia Foundation. The program may also include visits to select cities in the US and, in some cases, Asia for additional meetings with specialists.
L.Z. Yuan Fellowship in Media and International Affairs
The L.Z. Yuan Fellowship in Media and International Affairs is named after the late Lun-Zun Yuan, who initiated the Foundation’s program with China and served with the Foundation for over four decades. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1954, Mr. Yuan was a journalist; the L.Z. Yuan Fellowship reflects his conviction that the media plays an important role in international affairs. The fellowship offers young Chinese journalists an opportunity to gain a better understanding of key issues and concerns in international affairs, particularly those relevant to U.S.-China relations. The award supports participation in a course on U.S. foreign policy and international affairs, followed by a specially-tailored month-long affiliation with an international affairs organization and/or a series of meetings with members of the policy and media sectors.
Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Fellowship Program
The Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Fellowship Program honors the talents and achievements of the late Dr. Chang-Lin Tien, former chair of The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees and former chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley. The program fosters greater dialogue and understanding between Asians and Americans noted for their contributions in government, business, academia, media, and the arts. The fellowship is in keeping with the Foundation’s interest in facilitating a collegial network of professionals with leadership potential and with established leaders throughout Asia.
Margaret F. Williams Memorial Fellowship in Asian Art
In 2007, Asia Foundation President Emeritus Dr. Haydn Williams established the Margaret F. Williams Memorial Fellowship in Asian Art Program to honor his late wife, whose interest in art was stimulated by their travels together. Mrs. Williams was also a docent at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. The fellowship contributes to the professional enhancement of specialists in the Asian art curatorial field. Participating institutions include the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, an implementing partner with The Asia Foundation, other U.S. institutions, and the following Asian institutions: The Tokyo National Museum, Japan; the National Palace Museum, Taiwan; the National Museum of Korea, Seoul, Korea; and the Shanghai Museum, China.
The fellowship is awarded annually to a curatorial specialist from the Asian Art Museum or another art institution in the US to spend a month at a museum in Northeast Asia for professional development. A staff member from a participating museum in Asia comes to the Asian Art Museum for a similar period.
Brayton Wilbur Jr. Memorial Fellowship in Asian Art
Asia Foundation Trustee Judith Wilbur has generously established the Brayton Wilbur Jr. Memorial Fellowship in Asian Art in honor of her late husband and former Trustee, Brayton Wilbur, Jr. The fellowship stems from the Wilburs’ deep interest in Asian art, nurtured through their residence and travel in the region, and their commitment to the work of The Asia Foundation and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (AAM). The two institutions are collaborating in the program’s execution, with AAM identifying qualified fellowship recipients, and The Asia Foundation’s Asian American Exchange unit responsible for overall administration. The program’s purpose is to contribute to the professional enhancement of specialists in Asian curatorial art within AAM and other selected art institutions in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.
LankaCorps is a unique opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. The program aims to foster the involvement and understanding of young members of the expatriate Sri Lankan community who have limited in-depth experience with the country of their heritage. Each year, The Asia Foundation selects an outstanding group of LankaCorps Fellows to live and work for six months in Sri Lanka, granting them the unique chance to “explore their roots while giving back.”
Nieman Fellowship in Journalism
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism has hosted more than 1,500 accomplished journalists from 94 countries since 1938. The fellowship has expanded in recent years to include new collaborative and experimental programs. In addition to taking classes during their time at Harvard, fellows attend Nieman seminars, workshops and master classes and work on their research with Harvard scholars and other leading thinkers in the Cambridge area. Korean journalists in the Nieman Fellowship are sponsored by The Asia Foundation with support from the Sungkok Journalism Foundation and YBM, Inc.
Young Diplomats U.S. Study Program
The Asia Foundation sponsors and organizes study programs in the United States for mid-career diplomats from India, Laos, and Myanmar. The programs typically consists of two components: intensive coursework on U.S. foreign policy at George Washington’s Elliot School of International Affairs, and a study tour designed to deepen understanding of the United States through meetings with a cross-section of Americans in diverse regions of the country. The program encourages intercultural exposure and stronger international relations.
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