ASEAN-U.S. Science & Technology Fellows Pilot Program

At the May 25 ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST)-U.S. Consultation, the United States and ASEAN Member State partners agreed to move forward in concrete ways to expand our overall science engagement.  To this end, COST endorsed the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology (S&T) Fellows Pilot Program, enabling ASEAN scientists to work directly with policymakers to promote the use of the best science available in the national-level and multilateral policy-making processes.

The ASEAN Science and Technology (S&T) Fellows Pilot Program aims to strengthen scientific and technical input into ASEAN Member States strategic priorities by enabling ASEAN scientists to work directly with policymakers in ASEAN Member States while also increasing science capacity in the region.  The U.S. Mission to ASEAN (USASEAN) and the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA) will support S&T Fellows from ASEAN to work for one year in their government ministries and institutions in their home countries to:

  • promote the use of the best available science to inform the national-level and ASEAN regional policymaking process;
  • advance multilateral cooperation in southeast Asia on science and technology;
  • build institutional capacity within ASEAN and between ASEAN and the United States to study transboundary issues; and,
  • deepen people-to-people interaction between ASEAN and American scientists.

This Pilot Program will be coordinated with the  American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program, which has brought science expertise into the United States government for more than forty years with more than 2600 Fellows.

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The ASEAN-U.S. S&T Fellows Pilot Program will provide the opportunity for Ph.D. scientists who are citizens and residents of any of the ASEAN Member States to learn about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to their national governments in support of ASEAN S&T priorities. ASEAN and AMS will gain increased science capacity and use the best science to inform national and regional science-based policymaking. The Fellows will be based in their home countries (or other ASEAN countries, where relevant) government agencies with an interest in science and technology.  Applicants must have a Ph.D., at least three years of post-degree professional experience, and should be less than 45 years of age as of January 6, 2014.  The Pilot Program is aimed at early-career scientists who can apply this experience to the benefit of his/her overall career goals.

Fellows can apply to work on one of the following issues for the Fellowship year:

  • health
  • climate change
  • food security
  • early warning systems for disaster risk reduction
  • water management
  • biodiversity

    Gunung Leuser National Park (Photo: Wikimedia)

These areas are the common S&T priority areas for ASEAN and the United States. Work will focus on bridging the gap between scientific knowledge and the policymaking process and will consist of synthesizing scientific information for use by policymakers, liaising between government officials and the scientific community, and other activities that advance the use of science in addressing ASEAN Member States and ASEAN priorities. Mentoring support will be provided to help the Fellows work effectively at the science-policy interface.

The ASEAN-U.S. S&T Fellows Pilot Program Information Package is available upon request – please contact Dr. Montira Pongsiri at PongsiriMJ@state.gov.  It includes the program description, application, eligibility information, list of participating ministries and institutions, selection criteria, and timeline.  The Fellows announcement will be open until January 6, 2014.  The start date will be March 31, 2014.  Application packages should be sent electronically to the U.S. Mission to ASEAN at USASEAN@state.gov .  Questions from potential applicants or other interested parties should be directed to Dr. Montira Pongsiri, Science Advisor at the U.S. Mission to ASEAN at PongsiriMJ@state.gov and USASEAN@state.gov .