Collage of three images: postdoc scholar Ketian Zhang holding a microphone; colonade at Encina Hall's entranceway; postdoc scholar Jeremy Menchik in Indonesia.

Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship on Contemporary Asia

Supporting the next generation of Asia scholars

Fellowship Applications

The application period for the 2019-20 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship is now closed. Please check back in fall quarter 2019 for information about applications for the 2020-21 academic year.

About the Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship 

Each year the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) offers two postdoctoral fellowship positions to junior scholars for research and writing on contemporary Asia. The primary research areas focus on political, economic, or social change in the Asia-Pacific region (including Northeast, Southeast, and South Asia), or on international relations and international political economy in the region. The fellowships are made possible through the generosity of APARC’s benefactor, Walter H. Shorenstein.
Appointments begin in the fall quarter of the academic year. The fellowships are limited to recent PhDs: applicants cannot be more than three years past the awarding of their doctoral degree when the fellowship starts. They must have degree conferral and official approval/certification no later than June 30 prior to the fellowship start date (that is, no later than June 30, 2019 for 2019-20 fellowships starting in fall 2019).
Postdoctoral fellows are required to be in residence for the duration of the appointment and to take part in Center activities throughout the academic year. Fellows are also required to present their research findings in Center seminars and to participate in the Center’s publication program. The postdoctoral fellowship is a 10-month appointment with a salary rate of $52,000, or commensurate with Stanford policy, plus $2,000 for research expenses.
At APARC I gained routine exposure to senior government officials, business leaders, and fellow academics. The proximity to the Political Science Department and other FSI research centers made APARC an ideal place for me to pursue my research agenda.
Ashton Seung Cho
Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia, 2017-18

Applicant Requirements

  • Applicants must be recent Ph.D.s and cannot be more than 3 years past the awarding of their doctoral degree when the fellowship begins.
  • Must have dissertation submission and approval for conferral by June 30, 2019.
  • Certification of degree completion and conferral must be submitted no later than August 31, 2019.

Application Process

The application period for the 2019-20 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship is now closed. Please check back in fall quarter 2019 for information about applications for the 2020-21 academic year.

Fill Out the Following Online Application Form:

Upload the Following Materials to the Online Form, in PDF Format:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A short research statement (not to exceed five typed pages, double-spaced), which describes the research and writing to be undertaken during the fellowship period, as well as the proposed publishable product.

Submit the Completed Application Form

Submit Letters of Recommendation

Email THREE (3) letters of recommendation (in PDF format) to We will accept official letters of recommendation from the applicant, a dossier service, or directly from references.

Application Confirmation

Once we have received all components of your application, including three recommendations, we will send you an email confirming the completion of your application. If you have not received this email, you may send an email checking your application status.
Note: Please be advised that Stanford University will close for winter break from December 24, 2018 to January 7, 2019, and response time to inquiries may be delayed.
Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its scholarly community. We welcome applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching missions.


For questions about the Shorenstein postdoctoral fellowship and the fellowship application process, please contact Fellowship Coordinator Kristen Lee at or
For information about being a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford, such as housing, cost of living, and other resources, please visit the website of Stanford's Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.
For questions and information related to international scholars, please visit the website of Stanford’s Bechtel International Center.


Meet Our Postdoctoral Fellows


Sebastian Dettman

Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-19

Sebastian Dettman

Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-19

Ketian Vivian Zhang

Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-19

Ketian Vivian Zhang

Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-19

Fellow Spotlight

Congratulations to our Shorenstein postdoc fellows on their new assistant professor appointments starting the 2019-20 academic year: Sebastian Dettman at the Singapore Management University and Ketian Zhang at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government!

Video Interview: Ketian Zhang

We caught up with Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia Ketian Zhang to learn about her research into China’s use of coercion in foreign policy and South China Sea disputes, her fellowship experience, and what’s next for her career.

    Meet Our Alumni
  • Meet Our Alumni
  • 2017-18 Fellows
  • 2016-17 Fellows
  • 2015-16 Fellows
  • 2014-15 Fellows
  • 2013-14 Fellows
  • 2012-13 Fellows
  • 2011-12 Fellows
  • 2010-11 Fellows
  • 2009-10 Fellow

Meet Our Alumni

Find out what our former postdoctoral scholars are up to now. Many of them hold positions in leading institutions. 

2017-18 Fellows

Ashton Seung Cho
Samantha Vortherms
Current Institution: University of California, Irvine

2016-17 Fellows

Aditya Dasgupta
Dong Zhang
Current Institution: Lingnan University

2015-16 Fellows

Booseung Chang
Current Institution: Kansai Gaidai University
Nico Ravanilla


2014-15 Fellows

Paul Schuler
Current Institution: University of Arizona
Jianzhi (Jason) Zhao
Current Institution: Fudan University


2013-14 Fellows

Ling Chen
Current Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Michael Furchtgott
Current Institution: Microsoft
Sungmin Rho

2012-13 Fellows

Diana Fu
Daniel Smith
Current Institution: Harvard University 
Ajay Verghese


2011-12 Fellows

Crystal Chang
Jeremy Menchik
Current Institution: Boston University 

2010-11 Fellows

Kenji Kushida
Current Institution: Stanford University
Peter Zeitz
Current Institution:

2009-10 Fellow

James Hoesterey
Current Institution: Emory University