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NBR Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship Program 2023

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, or juniors in college. Qualified applicants will be interested in learning more about Asia and in pursuing careers in international affairs or U.S. foreign policy.

NBR acknowledges the historical exclusion and underrepresentation of minorities and Black and brown professionals within U.S. foreign policy at all levels and is committed to opening the door to minority voices and perspectives in policy. Through the Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship Program, NBR hopes to begin closing the accessibility gap in the field of international affairs and to continue to shape the next generation of bright, diverse leaders.

This opportunity allows fellows to expand their networks and 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.
Fellowship Components
Starting in May, fellows will work remotely 5-10 hours a week prior to their 10-12-week summer internship in NBR's D.C. office. Fellows will become acquainted with NBR, get to know their supervisors and other colleagues, set goals, and attend NBR events. This training period will allow for supervisors to provide a well-rounded mentoring experience for their fellows before and after their internship. Fellows will learn about NBR and the think tank industry, be introduced to the different teams at NBR, and become familiar with NBR projects.
From June, Undergraduate Diversity fellows will work primarily with one of the existing program teams at NBR. Team assignments will be based on NBR team needs, although candidate preference will be taken into consideration.

Throughout the fellowship, fellows will gain experience in project management, research, writing, and editing in order to build skills for future careers in policy. Fellows will assist with project activities, publications support, database administration, event planning, and general office support. NBR supervisors and mentors will facilitate external event attendance and networking opportunities in the D.C. policy community where possible.

NBR program teams include:
Throughout the fellowship period, fellows will 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.
Fellowship Eligibility
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
Completed applications are due on March 12, 2023.

A selection committee will review applications, with awards for the third class of fellows announced by mid-April, 2023. Fellows will begin their internship remotely in May and join NBR's D.C. office for the in-person portion of their fellowship from June through August (depending on academic calendars).
Required Materials
To be considered for a fellowship, an applicant must submit the following materials through NBR's application website:
  • An unofficial transcript from your current academic institution.
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor or academic supervisor sent directly to NBR Project Manager Dylan Plung at
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who can discuss your personal qualities and potential sent directly to NBR Project Manager Dylan Plung at
  1. Three required essay questions of no more than 250 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?
  1. Answers to supplemental questions:
  • Will you be able to be physically located in Washington, D.C., June through August 2023?
  • Do you have any relevant work, volunteer, internship, or fellowship experiences? Please list any applicable organization, dates, and responsibilities.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
If you have any questions about this opportunity or the application, please contact

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

Additional Information
This is a special assignment (4-month) position with excellent benefits. NBR provides paid holidays, plus paid sick leave and paid professional development leave. NBR covers 80% of employees' public transit expenses.

NBR is committed to a workplace where inclusion is not only valued but prioritized. We're an equal opportunity employer and strive to create a welcoming and diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy or parental status, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry, or national origin, disability, or other status or characteristic protected by applicable law.

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