Implemented by the ASEAN Foundation with the support of ASEAN and the U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the ASEAN S&T Fellowship enables early and mid-career scientists who are citizens and residents of 10 ASEAN Member States (AMS) to contribute their knowledge and analytical skills to empower their national governments. Selected scientists, or fellows, will be embedded in national-level ministries in respective country to encourage policymakers to use more science-based approaches in their policy- and decision-making.
For the 2019/20 ASEAN S&T Fellowship, up to 16 fellows will be chosen from ASEAN region to take part in the programme by focusing on these three priority areas:
- Digital Economy
- Innovative Startups
- Science, Technology, and Innovation for UN SDGs
- Selected fellow will receive a variety of privileges such as monthly stipend (USD 1,200), mentorship from the government, professional development opportunity in a form of leadership and communication training, support to attend conferences and access to a growing network of opportunity to view regional policy processes and a chance to network and consult with ASEAN Senior Officials from AMS.
The criteria for the eligible applicant are as follows:
- Minimum master’s degree related to Science and Technology or one of the priority areas listed above
- Citizen of an ASEAN Member State
- Professional-level fluency in English
- Maximum 45 years of age
Requirement and Conditions
- The Fellowship is a full-time position, and fellows are expected to work 40 hours per week in their host offices.
- Fellows will be placed in a national ministry in their own country.
- The work for each Fellow will be developed in collaboration with their national Ministry supervisor and will reflect both the needs and interests of the host office as well as the skills and interests of the fellow.
- Fellows cannot continue to work for another organization while serving as a Fellow unless approved in
writing by the host institution during the course of the Fellowship.
- Outside commitments such as ongoing research should be postponed until after the completion of the Fellowship or conducted during non-working hours. Previously, the fellows usually take a hibernation leave from the current work.
- Any leave or absence is subject to agreement with the host institution.