Oceania Research Fellow

Honolulu, Hawaii
$73-514 - $96,865 per year + benefits
Thursday, 6 May 2021
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 5 June 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.  

The Center’s 21-acre Honolulu campus, adjacent to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, is located midway between Asia and the U.S. mainland and features research, residential, and international conference facilities. The Center’s Washington, D.C., office focuses on preparing the United States for an era of growing Asia Pacific prominence. 

Applications are being accepted for two Fellows with expertise on issues related to the Oceania region. The Fellows will join a community of collaborators to conduct interdisciplinary research and partnerships with local, national, and regional stakeholders. The Fellows will create imaginative projects in pursuit of insights into the complex systems that matter most for science and society in the Oceania region. They will be proficient in the digital world and will promote collaborative research across the region using modern information and communication technologies. The positions are two-year limited appointments and will include the following responsibilities: 

  • Engage deeply in the Oceania region to develop a regional perspective, including the role of China 
  • Design and conduct collaborative research with scholars across disciplines on issues of emerging importance in the region, which contribute to the management and resolution of critical political, economic, urbanization, food and water security, labor, migration, and/or climate issues in the region 
  • Contribute to scholarly material for publication such as research papers, articles, reports, and monographs  
  • Learn about a wide range of foundations and grant-giving institutions to enhance grant writing skills 
  • Apply relevant research policy through stakeholder engagement at various steps of the research cycle and through a variety of publication types and other communication modes (workshops, town halls, and social media) 
  • Participate in the planning and organizing of seminars, workshops, and conferences for intercultural exchange of knowledge, experience and research results 
  • Develop proposals for external funding for project activities 
  • Participate with colleagues and professionals from other institutions in the development of collaborative activities held at the Center and elsewhere.  Carryout activities designed to increase substantive interaction of communicators, policymakers, and researchers concerned with solving challenging and complex problems in the Pacific Oceania region 




Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in a field such as Political Science, Economics, Geography or a related field from an accredited college or university.  We will consider both Early and Mid-Career candidates. Early-Career Fellows are individuals who are starting a career or changing career paths toward scholarly research with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a transdisciplinary team in cooperative, cross-cultural, transdisciplinary endeavors. Mid-Career Fellows are individuals who have 4 to 8 years’ experience in the field. Early-Career Fellows candidates must be receptive to mentoring in pursuing career objectives. All candidates should show a record of research achievement commensurate with their time in their field of study with capacity in analytical and policy-relevant research.  Good communication skills in the English language demonstrating the ability to communicate results and recommendations in a clear and concise manner to academic as well as informed policy, public, and private-sector audiences. Candidates will have research and experience in the Oceania region. 



Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed research, and experience in Oceania. Ability to speak one or more indigenous languages of the region, capacity to bridge educational, research, professional training, and business expertise to resolve political, economic, and environmental issues, realizing that success normally requires multiple sectors to work constructively together. 


COMPENSATION:  The salary range for the Early Career position is $73,514 to $80,686 per year (depending on qualifications), which includes a cost-of-living allowance (COLA) currently at 10.28% (subject to change) and an attractive benefits package. The salary range for the Mid-Career position is $88,114 to $96,865 per year including the COLA and benefits package


OTHER INFORMATION: This position is based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Work will be conducted primarily remotely while COVID restrictions are in place, but successful candidates are required to reside in Hawaii throughout their appointment. Employees are expected to be onsite at our Honolulu offices once it is deemed safe to do so.

HOW TO APPLY:  Submit an application at www.eastwestcenter.org/employment. Applications should include a resume and a cover letter with the position title and a statement addressing how the objectives of the position corresponds with the applicant’s career development. Also include names and contact information of three professional references.  Screening and assessment will be based on materials submitted. Applications received by May 15, 2021 will receive full consideration. 

For more information about the Center, visit our website at www.EastWestCenter.org


An Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled.

As required under Title IX, the East-West Center does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities it operates, including in admissions and employment.