Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship on Contemporary Asia

Supporting the next generation of Asia scholars

Call for Applications

The 2022-23 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship in Contemporary Asia is now closed to applications. Please check back in early fall 2022 to apply for the 2023-2024 fellowship. Scroll down for details about the application process.

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, 2022, for 2022-23 fellowships starting in fall 2022).
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 of approximately $60,000 (annual rate of $72,000), or commensurate with Stanford policy, plus up to $2,000 for research expenses.
The institutional support I've received has provided me both a sense of community and much intellectual stimulation, as well as invaluable assistance in securing the success I've had on the job market.
Jeffrey Weng
Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia, 2020-21

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, 2022.
  • Certification of degree completion and conferral must be submitted no later than August 31, 2022.

Application Process

The application period for the 2022-23 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship is now closed. Please check back in early fall 2022 for the 2023-2024 fellowship application period.

I. Fill Out the Following Online Application Form:

II. 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.

III. Submit the Completed Application Form

IV. 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 Deadline

All applications must be received by noon Pacific Time on Monday, January 3, 2022.

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 20, 2021, to January 2, 2022, and response time to inquiries during this period 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


Diana Stanescu

Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, 2021-22

Diana Stanescu

Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, 2021-22

Mary-Collier Wilks

Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, 2021-22

Mary-Collier Wilks

Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, 2021-22

Fellow Spotlight

Congratulations to 2021-22 Postdoctoral Fellow Mary-Collier Wilks on her appointment as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington! We spoke with Mary-Collier about her research into the transforming development sector and how development narratives shape the dynamics of aid chains and international organizations’ delivery of services in Southeast Asia.

Meet our Alumni


Nhu Truong
Current Institution: Denison University
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Jeffrey Weng
Current Institution: National Taiwan University
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Hannah June Kim
Current Institution: University of Nebraska Omaha
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Sebastian Dettman
Current Institution: Singapore Management University
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Ketian Zhang
Current Institution: George Mason University


Ashton Seung Cho
Current Institution: Korea Association of Military Studies
Samantha Vortherms
Current Institution: University of California, Irvine


Aditya Dasgupta
Current Institution: University of California, Merced
Dong Zhang
Current Institution: Lingnan University


Booseung Chang
Current Institution: Kansai Gaidai University
Nico Ravanilla


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


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


Diana Fu
Daniel Smith
Current Institution: Columbia University 
Ajay Verghese
Current Institution: Middlebury College


Crystal Chang
Jeremy Menchik
Current Institution: Boston University 


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


James Hoesterey
Current Institution: Emory University