Workshop: Anticipating the Impact of the 2024 Elections in the Indo-Pacific and the US

Deadline: March 4, 2024

The East-West Center (EWC) is partnering with the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) to build a “Network of Networks” bridging the U.S. and the Indo-Pacific. As part of the EWC’s Research Innovation & Collaboration Exchange (RICE) initiative, this collaboration is designed to support experts and public intellectuals from Asia and the U.S. through writing workshops, conferences, and joint publications. 

The AAS is pleased to invite applications from early career scholars and practitioners from Asia and the U.S. to participate in a workshop on “The Year of Choosing Dangerously: Anticipating the impact of the 2024 Elections in the Indo-Pacific and the United States,” supported by the East-West Center. This workshop is convened by the Association for Asian Studies and will be hosted by the East-West Center in Washington, DC in early May. The two-day workshop is designed to foster conversations between and across various geographical, political, and economic vantage points and publications in EWC’s Asia Pacific Bulletin and/or Occasional Paper Series.

The project aims at generating critical analysis on issues that broadly relate to the 2024 elections. With almost two billion voters heading to the polls in Asia and in the United States, the results of this electoral year will affect most of the world’s population in terms of trade and investment, foreign policy, economic migration, climate change commitments and the future of global democracy and human rights, amongst other issues. The combined effect of these individual elections will likely have significant and lasting repercussions. 

If selected for the workshop, you will be asked to submit a 1,000-word Asia Pacific Bulletin analysis that exemplifies and situates your contribution to debate the political, social, economic, or cultural impact of the 2024 Elections in the Indo-Pacific and the United States by April 11, 2024. This workshop also aims to provide participants with the needed tools to disseminate their overall work more broadly and engage in the US-Indo-Pacific policy space. As such, another final written piece will be required following the workshop in Washington, DC to be submitted to an external publication of the participant’s choice by August 31, 2024. 


  • Applicants must be nationals of a country in Asia or the United States of America to receive a fellowship stipend.
  • Applicants must possess a minimum of a completed Master’s degree. Research applicants should have completed a PhD, while policy experts, NGO/CSO leaders, and journalists, among others, should have demonstrated experience in their professions. Preference will be given to candidates who have not yet had the opportunity to conduct research, projects, and network in Washington, DC, USA.

Fellowship Funding Covers:

Airfare and visa costs from Asia/or the US to Washington, D.C. USA (basic economy), shared accommodations in Washington, D.C., local transportation, group meals, and per diem to enable May workshop participation.

Event Participation and Writing Requirements

Fellowship awardees must participate in the in-person workshop in Washington, D.C., USA on May 8-9, 2024, and two virtual meetings, on April 11, 2024 and June 6, 2024, respectively. Writing requirements include 1,000 words before the first virtual workshop on April 11, 2024, and a second piece to be completed and submitted to an external policy publication of the applicant’s choice in coordination with EWC and AAS by August 31, 2024.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a 250-word analysis abstract on a topic of your choice in connection with a 2024 election and a CV by March 4, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST using the AAS portal. Find more information about the workshop on the AAS website.

Between 10 and 12 applicants will be selected and results will be announced during the week of March 25, 2024.

For any questions about the workshop or the application process, please email Dr. Krisna Uk at and Dr. Nicholas Hamisevicz at