2022 Emerging Leaders

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Fellowship Announcement
15th Annual Emerging Leaders Training and Research Program in Regional Cooperation and Development

The Northeast Asia Economic Forum (NEAEF), with support from the Freeman Foundation, and in conjunction with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Emerging Leaders Training and Research Program in Regional Cooperation and Development Fellowship for 2022, with the theme Designing Post-Pandemic Economic Collaborations.

This year’s program will take place from July 17 to 31, 2022, (dates do not include travel time) in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

NEAEF would like to encourage the participation of researchers, emerging business leaders, educators, civil society, and government practitioners from your institution in this year’s Emerging Leaders Training and Research Program (ELP).  Collaborative learning, presentations, and work this year will be done on joint challenges we all face, including international trade and regional economic cooperation (political tensions and supply chain difficulties), energy and the environment (decarbonization), technology and artificial intelligence, the youth employment and the post-pandemic future of the workplace, and managing sustainable tourism in a post-pandemic world.  We especially welcome applicants with expertise and interest in these areas.

Information on eligibility and application instructions can be found below.  All application materials must be received by May 15.

2022 Fellowship

The ELP (formerly Young Leaders Program) consists of in-depth seminars led by leading academics and policy-makers and collaborative group work focused on regional cooperation, including participation in the two-day annual Northeast Asia Economic Forum conference (July 17-19, 2022). This is an opportunity to expand your institution’s network through collaboration with researchers and practitioners from countries across Northeast Asia and the United States to make progress on issues of importance to the region.


ELP Fellowships are competitive grants and cover program-related expenses, accommodation, meals, study tours, training, and materials costs.  Partial travel reimbursement stipends are also available upon request.

Cost-sharing is highly encouraged where possible to increase the number of participants, thereby increasing networking and partnership opportunities.  Limited reimbursements for other ELP-related expenses may be provided on a case-by-case basis.  ELP Fellows are responsible for arranging their own travel, obtaining the appropriate visas and travel permissions as required, and for providing to NEAEF evidence of medical and liability insurance.

Participation for the entire duration of the program is required.  No exceptions will be made.