2016 Fellowship applications of the Asia Foundation

Asia Foundation Development Fellows can now apply for the 2016 Fellowship year. Deadline, including letters of reference is December 1, 2015 (11:59pm PST):


  • Have a demonstrable record of high achievement, and must show evidence of outstanding potential for professional advancement and significant impact in their chosen field;
  • Have a demonstrable record of experience and accomplishment related to The Asia Foundation’s fields of expertise – governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation;
  • Have outstanding personal character and integrity;
  • Be thoughtful, committed, respected and inspirational leaders within their professional fields and within their larger community;
  • Be under 40 years of age by the time of selection: January 1 of the Fellowship year (year following application deadline);
  • Be conversant in English (TOEFL exam results are not required);
  • Be available and able to participate in all program components on the program dates specified; and
  • Be resident nationals or citizens of the following countries where The Asia Foundation has programs: Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia; Japan, Korea; Laos; Malaysia; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Timor-Leste; and Vietnam.

For further information on eligibility, be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions. You may also direct your inquiries to the Asia Foundation Development Fellows staff at development.fellows@asiafoundation.org.

Application Process

Review and follow the Application Guidelines and Instructions containing detailed information on how to complete each component of the application.

Download: 2016 Application Guidelines and Instructions (PDF)

Online Application form

  • Personal information
  • Written submission
  • Supplementary materials: CV and transcript
  • Short video submission
  • Letters of recommendation (handled online)

Click below to start the online application. Deadline, including letters of reference, isThursday December 1, 2015 at 11:59pm (PST).