Applications open for AsiaGlobal Fellows Program

Deadline Date: March 31, 2024

Donor Name: Asia Global Institute (AGI)

Grant Size: Not Available

The Asia Global Institute is seeking applications for the AsiaGlobal Fellows program for mid-career professionals with a strong interest and track record in public policy.

It is an interdisciplinary global leadership development initiative aims to nurture future leaders and create influencers with a deeper understanding of global issues from Asian perspectives.

The Program is directed and administered by Asia Global Institute (AGI), a multidisciplinary institute which aims to bring Asian perspectives to global issues. AGI provides platforms for leaders to explore timely and critical issues in an informed and objective manner. Its research and programs are supported by international academics, practitioners and policymakers in Asia and beyond. Fellows will have opportunities to interact with these global thinkers and thought leaders via the AGI’s network.

Program Structure

  • The AsiaGlobal Fellows Program typically accepts up to 16 participants for each year. Based in Hong Kong, the interdisciplinary Program usually runs from August to November.
    • Lectures by Scholars and Seasoned Leaders
      • Lectures and discussion sessions by academic, policy, business and civil society leaders from Hong Kong and around the world.
    • Organization Visits and Networking Opportunities
      • Local visits to different organizations to interact with leaders.
    • Study Tours to Asian Capitals
      • Study trips to different cities in mainland China and/or other Asian cities to gain first-hand experience in Asian cultures and perspectives.
    • Leadership Skills Training
      • Training on a broad range of leadership skills by top professionals.
    • Knowledge Exchange with Hong Kong Community at Large
      • Ample opportunities to share knowledge and expertise through different platforms on and beyond the HKU campus.
    • Mentorship of HKU Undergraduates
      • Fellows will provide mentorship and career counselling to HKU undergraduates and host lectures and seminars for knowledge exchange.
    • Intra-Fellows Seminars
      • Sessions for mutual learning and exchange among fellows.
    • Policy Research
      • A policy research project on a topic of his/her choice is required of each fellow. Guidance will be provided.

Cost Covered

  • The program provides:
    • A stipend to help with living costs during the Program when Fellows are physically present in Hong Kong
    • Accommodations during the formal fellowship duration
    • Expenses for study tours
  • All admitted fellows need to cover their travel expenses to and from Hong Kong. A limited travel fund is available for fellows who can under no circumstances support their travel to Hong Kong or need to apply for a partial subsidy.

Recommendation Letters

  • Three independent recommendation letters must be submitted by your referees to support your application. They should be from individuals who are not relatives but who know you personally, and are familiar with your work and career trajectory to date. Emails will be sent to your referees as soon as your form is submitted. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to give your referees sufficient time to prepare and submit their recommendations. Your application will be considered incomplete if the recommendation letters are not submitted by the application deadline.
  • Letters of recommendation from referees are of great importance in assessing applications. Please ensure that you obtain the consent and accurate contact details of your three referees Before you begin the application process.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed. Please ensure that all the letters are written in English.

Eligibility Criteria

  • They welcome applicants from around the world, regardless of race, gender or profession. For your application to be considered, you must:
    • Be a promising, mid-career professional with 8 to 25 years of working experience;
    • Be actively engaged in politics, policy-making, policy research, civil society, or business;
    • Have a special interest in the Asian Pacific region and finding solutions to the challenges of the complex world;
    • Have demonstrated a strong capacity to make a positive impact on your organization, society, and the world.
    • There are no formal academic requirements, but Fellows will normally be university graduates.
    • They pride ourselves in having a diverse community of Fellows with different professional experiences, academic achievements and cultural backgrounds.

Language Requirements

  • All activities of the AsiaGlobal Fellows Program will be conducted in English. You will need to have a high-level of English language proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

For more information, visit Asia Global Institute (AGI).

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