Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship at The National Bureau of Asian Research




The Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) offers paid four-month summer fellowships to extend educational, professional, and mentorship opportunities to Black and brown students who are community college students, freshman, sophomore, and junior college students interested in international affairs or U.S. foreign policy.

This opportunity allows fellows to develop skills in research, event planning, publications, and general office and project management support through direct professional experience. You can learn more at the Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship website.

NBR is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research institution based in Seattle and Washington, D.C. The institution brings world-class scholarship to bear on the evolving strategic environment in Asia through original, policy-relevant research, and they invest in our future by training the next generation of Asia specialists.


  • Paid four-month summer fellowship
  • A monthly stipend
  • An amount to cover domestic roundtrip airfare to Washington D.C.
  • Attend professional development workshops on topics such as memo writing and budget management, as well as career exploration and networking, to support the development of their careers in the policy community

Eligibility criteria

Qualified applicants for the Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship will:

  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Be a community college student, freshman, sophomore, or junior in college with an interest in Asia and U.S. foreign policy

Application Process

To be considered for a fellowship, an applicant must submit the following materials through NBR's application website:

  • Three essay questions of no more than 300 words each:
    • What does this diversity fellowship personally mean to you? How would it help you succeed in school and in your career?
    • How did you get interested in Asia and foreign policy, and which topics interest you the most?
    • How has your involvement in community activities and educational, life, and/or work experience contributed to your personal growth?
  • Answers to supplemental questions:
    • Will you be able to be physically located in Washington, D.C. June - August 2022 (travel expenses and a stipend provided)?
    • Do you have any relevant work, volunteer, internship, or fellowship experiences? Please list any applicable organization, dates, and responsibilities. If you have none, write N/A.
  • An unofficial transcript from your university

In addition, please have the following items sent directly to Dylan Plung at dplung@nbr.org:

  • A letter of recommendation from a professor.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who can discuss your personal qualities.

Applications should be submitted by the posted deadline through the online application posting.


  • Leadership Development
  • Professional Development
  • Summer Opportunities


  • International Affairs
  • National Security
  • Public Policy

Eligible applicants

  • First-year Undergrads
  • Second-year Undergrads
  • Third-year Undergrads


  • Historically Excluded/Underrepresented

Citizenship status

  • US Citizen
  • US Permanent Resident
  • DACA/Dreamer

ASU Nomination required

  • No