Call for Applications Open for the 5th Annual ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship Program

Call for Applications Open for the 5th Annual ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship Programme

INDONESIA, 11 January 2019 – The ASEAN Foundation and the ASEAN Secretariat with the support from the U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the call for applications for the 2019/20 ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship programme, targeted at early- and mid-career scientists from 10 ASEAN countries.

The programme aims to empower ASEAN scientists to lead the efforts of fostering and institutionalizing science-based policy-making throughout the region by placing them in relevant government line ministries in their home countries for a duration of one year. Under the mentorship of a fellowship supervisor from the ministry, the scientists will harness their knowledge and skills to support the policy makers in making informed policy decisions for the benefits of the citizens.

“The ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship programme is very much aligned with ASEAN’s motto, which is One Vision, One Identity, One Community. It provides an avenue for ASEAN scientists to contribute their evidence-based research skills in policy-making for the betterment of the society,” said Cheong Lee Sing, the Head of Science and Technology Division of the ASEAN Secretariat.

Since its introduction in 2014, the programme has been addressing a selection of themes that represents the most pressing development challenges in the field of science, technology and innovation. The ASEAN Foundation, and the Science and Technology Division of the ASEAN Secretariat have selected three themes for the 2019 programme: Digital economy; innovative startups; and science, technology and innovation for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These themes are selected for their importance towards ASEAN’s effort in reaching global markets, promoting innovation and integration and narrowing development gaps across the region, as stated in the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI) 2016 – 2025.

The immediate benefit of the fellowship is also evident. Prof. Michael A. B Promentilla, a 2018/19 fellow from the Philippines testified that being part of the ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship is a great opportunity and an enlightening experience for him. “I was involved in developing a research roadmap and the strengthening of a research network toward climate-smart and disaster-resilient health systems – a critical need for a disaster-prone region, like ours,” Promentilla said.

The fellows will receive various privileges throughout the 1-year programme, such as monthly stipend, opportunity to networking and involvement in workshops and ASEAN high-level meetings. To be eligible, applicants are required to submit several documents, including 3 letters of recommendation and essays. The call for applications period will be closed on February 24th, 2019.

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Notes to Editor:
For more information about the ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship 2019, please visit https://aseanstfellowship.aseanfoundation.org/
For further questions, please address it to ASEANScienceFellows@aseanfoundation.org
Also, click here to check out the list of the recipients of ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship and their achievements since 2014.

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Three decades after ASEAN was established, ASEAN leaders recognised that: there remained inadequate shared prosperity, ASEAN awareness and contact among the people of ASEAN. It was of this concern that ASEAN leaders established ASEAN Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia, at ASEAN’s 30th Anniversary Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 15 December 1997. The ASEAN Foundation is an organisation from and for the people of ASEAN. The Foundation exists because of one vision: to build a cohesive and prosperous ASEAN Community. As an ASEAN body, the Foundation is tasked to support ASEAN mainly in promoting awareness, identity, interaction and development of the people of ASEAN.
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