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The Jefferson Fellowships program was launched in 1967 to enhance public understanding through the news media of cultures, issues and trends in the Asia Pacific region, broadly defined as Asia, the Pacific Islands and the United States. The Fellowships provide U.S. and Asia Pacific journalists with an opportunity to broaden their understanding of Asia Pacific issues and build a professional network through one week of dialogue with professional colleagues and experts at the East-West Center, followed by a two-week study tour to cities in Asia or the U.S.

Fall 2010 Jefferson FellowshipsTheme: The Road to Energy Security: Paved with Efficiencies, Renewable Technologies and Investment

Energy security is one of the most pressing challenges of our time, especially in light of its inextricable link to economic well-being and the environment. However, the uneven distribution of energy supplies among countries has led to significant vulnerabilities. Threats to energy security include the political instability of several energy producing countries, the manipulation of energy supplies, the competition over energy sources, attacks on supply infrastructure, as well as accidents and natural disasters. For these reasons, governments in nearly all the large consuming nations are now considering various domestic and foreign policy measures to increase energy efficiencies develop renewable technologies to scale and create a positive investment climate for industry.

Against this backdrop, the Fall 2010 Jefferson Fellowships program will look specifically at two of the largest users of energy, the U.S. and China, and their efforts in addressing energy security. The program will take special care to look at the challenges and opportunities involved in improving energy efficiency and in developing renewable technologies. In addition, the Fall 2010 program will examine the two countries’ efforts to facilitate joint research and development. Finally, the program will examine how each country seeks to promote public and private investment in the supplies of today’s fossil fuel sources as well as the clean technologies that will transform the energy system for the future.

Program Dates: October 23 – November 13, 2010
Study Tour Destinations: Palo Alto, California; Sacramento, California; Beijing, China; Shenyang, China

Who Can Apply: Working print, broadcast, and online journalists in the United States, the Pacific Islands, and Asia with a minimum of five years of professional experience. Applicants must have the ability to communicate in English in a professional, multi-cultural environment.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Funding: The Jefferson Fellowships are supported from a grant from The Freeman Foundation. The grant funds economy class, roundtrip airfare to and from Honolulu, Hawaii as well as program-related air and ground transportation, lodging, and meals for participating journalists. A modest per diem is also provided. Participants are responsible for all applicable visa fees and any additional visa-related expenses.
News organizations are also asked to support their employees’ participation by cost-sharing whenever possible. An “Employers Statement of Support” is a required part of the application. While financial assistance from the employer is not required, employers are encouraged to provide support to their Jefferson Fellows as a demonstration of their commitment to the program.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must submit the Jefferson Fellowships application form and
A maximum three-page letter outlining your issues of interest, a brief description of your news organization, what you expect to accomplish if an award is granted and topics you propose to address in your paper and presentation at the East-West Center. It should be a topic that represents a perspective from your country/community related to the program theme.

A letter of recommendation on official letterhead from your supervisor describing your suitability for the Fellowship and the benefit the organization hopes to derive from your participation in the program.Names, addresses, phone/fax numbers and e-mail of three people who may be contacted by the Center as references. Two of these references should be people outside your news organization. The “Employer’s Statement of Support” form completed by your employer (form is included in the 3-page application).

NOTE: Samples of your work are not required. If you wish to include samples, please do so via web links to articles.

Program and Application Downloads:
Application Instructions (1 page)
Fillable Adobe PDF version of application form (3 pages)
Fillable MS Word version of application form (3 pages)
Application deadline is Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Incomplete or late applicants will not be considered.

Applications may be sent by e-mail, fax or post as follows:
Email: jefferson@eastwestcenter.org
Fax: 1-808-944-7600 (ATTN: Jefferson Fellowships)
Post: Jefferson Fellowships ProgramEast-West SeminarsEast-West Center1601 East-West RoadHonolulu, Hawai‘i 96848-1601, U.S.A.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact us at: jefferson@eastwestcenter.org or 1-808-944-7682

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Ann HartmanSeminar Specialist, SeminarsEast-West Center 1601 East-West Road Honolulu, HI 96848-1601Phone: (808) 944-7619Fax: (808) 944-7600 Email: jefferson@eastwestcenter.org

Source: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/seminars-and-journalism-fellowships/journalism-fellowships/jefferson-fellowships/

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