Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Job Opening: Program Manager, MIT Japan Program

MIT's primary international program, MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), sends hundreds of students abroad annually for internships and research in companies and labs. The MIT Japan Program is currently seeking a full-time program manager to advertise the internship program, recruit and interview MIT students, and match accepted students with internships in Japan.

The program manager will also oversee an annual intern program budget to assure funding; find, propose, and develop new sources of funding; and arrange events/activities to steward current program sponsors. They will develop curricula for, and train interns in, Japanese culture, history, and politics as preparation for placement in Japanese host institutions; and plan and facilitate an annual intern retreat. The program manager will maintain close contact with the host institutions, making two or three annual visits to Japan to ensure the quality of the arrangements and expand the pool of partners. They will organize on-campus events related to Japan (invited speakers, workshops, and conferences), and organize cultural events for the MIT community. The program manager will develop information materials about the program; handle communication with Japanese firms, educational institutions, and collaborators. Administrative tasks include: updating intern databases, managing and reviewing program accounts, and directing occasional student employees. The Japan program manager receives program goals from the faculty program director, and day-to-day supervision from the associate director of MISTI.

The start date of this position is July 1, 2014.

M.A. or M.S degree.
At least three years of professional experience with Japan is required.
Good cross-cultural communication skills are necessary. This includes excellent command of written and spoken Japanese and English. Good knowledge of Japan's corporate world, higher education, and research system is required. The ability to grasp and communicate broad picture of the program to students, potential sponsors, and Japanese partners is important. Should have strong interpersonal skills and enjoy working with college students and alumni. Ability to work as part of a larger team is essential, as well as the ability to prioritize tasks, schedule and account for complex intern travel arrangements, schedule meetings, and manage multiple tasks under pressure. Must be skilled using Microsoft Office applications, and open to learning database and web editing software. US citizenship or permanent residency is required for this position.

Contact Robert Murray with any questions: or 617-253-8064

You may apply online at using “10828” in the Job ID field.
Information about the MISTI Program can be found at

Friday, January 24, 2014

Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) Huayu Enrichment Scholarships (HES)

The Ministry of Education (MOE) in the Republic of China (Taiwan) provides the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) for foreign Mandarin/Chinese learners including beginners to study at any accredited Mandarin center in a university or college in Taiwan.

Award Value: A fixed monthly stipend of NT$25,000 (about US$862, rate: 29.) No other stipend.

Duration:2 months (June to July or July to August, 2014), or 3, 6, 9, 12 months from September 2014 to August, 2015.

Deadline March 31, 2014

 Learn more about this great funding opportunity here!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Opportunity for Students to Teach ESL to Asian Learners - Paid!

Tutoring with TheTalkList is a great way for college students to earn money and gain teaching experience from the comfort of their home computers – all while interacting with diversity of international students!  TheTalkList is a social e-learning website that creates a platform for virtual face to face English language tutoring sessions with a focus on conversational English for overseas students seeking to improve their speaking fluency in English by engaging in creative everyday discussion.

Below are some benefits of students who join TheTalkList team of tutors:
  • They choose their own rates and book their own appointments.
  • Everything from initial contact to payment is done on a single, easy-to-use website!
  • Since natural conversation is the focus, so there is no rigorous lesson planning involved.
  • TheTalkList staff is available to assist tutors in finding students, offering tips on tutoring and helping improve the online profiles of tutors.
For more information please see

Friday, January 17, 2014

Sigur Center Korean Language Tea Time

Welcome back to school everyone! We have finalized the schedule for our weekly Korean Language Tea Time. The Korean Tea Time will be held every Wednesday, (1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/22, 4/31, 5/7) from 4:00 - 5:00 PM in the Sigur Center's Chung-wen Shih conference room.

For a detailed schedule of all our Language Tea Times, please visit:

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sigur Center 2013 Summer Fellows Events

Interested in applying to a Sigur Center fellowship or grant for research and language study in Asia this summer? Come to the following events to hear about the experiences of 2013 summer fellows and to learn more about these funding opportunities. 
Sigur Center 2013 Summer Research Fellows Roundtable

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Elliott School of International Affairs

1957 E Street, NW, Room 505

 You may RSVP at:

Sigur Center 2013 Summer Language Fellows Roundtable 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2:30PM - 4:00PM

The Elliott School of International Affairs

Chung-wen Shih Conference Room, 1957 E Street, NW; Suite 503

Washington, DC 20052

Please RSVP at:

Sigur Center Grants and Fellowships include: 

Indiana University Summer Language Workshop

The Indiana University Summer Language Workshop (June 9 - August 1, 2014) is accepting applications for intensive Hungarian, Mongolian, Persian, Tatar, Turkish, and Uzbek language study on the Bloomington campus.

The program features 20 contact hours weekly, twice-weekly language table, films, food tastings, and other culturally rich extracurricular programming. 

* All participants pay in-state tuition

* Students earn 6-10 credits

* FLAS and ROTC Project GO funding available to qualified students in select languages — Priority deadline for funding is February 1, 2014. Funding requests received after this date will be reviewed contingent upon availability of remaining funds.

In 2014, the Workshop will also offer intensive language courses in Arabic (begins June 2), Hindi-Urdu, Polish, Romanian, Russian, and Swahili.

See for more information and to apply.
Please note that this year a separate FLAS application is required:

The Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit is now accepting applications!

Applications are due February 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM

The Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit is the south’s preeminent student conference on US-China relations. Each year, we welcome distinguished speakers from academia, business, and politics, as well as more than 100 delegates from around the world. Our 2014 theme is “The Chinese Dream: Local Realities and Global Implications.” This year’s conference will be held March 28-30, 2014 at Duke’s CIEMAS building and the FedEx Center at UNC Chapel Hill. Transportation is provided.

Speakers for this year’s conference include:

  • Rachel Wasser, co-founder of Teach for China
  • David Shambaugh, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, professor at the Elliott School, recent author of China Goes Global
  • Jenny Chan, China labor activist and senior advisor to Students Against Corporate Misbehavior

Damien Ma, political analyst, columnist, and recent author of In Line Behind A Billion People
We encourage anyone with any interest in international relations or East Asia studies to apply, though undergraduate and graduate students of all backgrounds are welcome! Spots for Duke students are limited and so applicants are chosen in the first round of applications must complete an additional interview with a CLS team member.

To apply, and for more information, visit our website Applications are due February 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM. All applicants will be notified of whether they have advanced to the second round by February 7. Please email and  with any questions.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

East-West Center Fellowships 2014

The East-West Center is now accepting applications from scholars and analysts who wish to undertake policy-relevant research and writing in Washington, D.C., in two programs.

Japan Studies Fellowship
Funded by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership

This fellowship supports scholars and analysts from both the United States and Japan to conduct research on key issues of relevance to the US-Japan partnership, including diplomatic, politico-security, economic, social and international fields. We especially welcome applicants specializing on Japan’s economy or US-Japan collaborative economic ties.

The fellowship finances a three-month OR six-month residence in Washington, D.C., and a one-week research trip to Japan during the fellowship period. Residency may begin as early as May 2014 and extend until January 2015. Fellows will complete articles or a monograph and must give a public seminar on their topic.

Asia Studies Fellowship

This fellowship supports scholars and analysts who wish to undertake policy-relevant research and writing in one of the following areas: 1) international relations in Asia; 2) political and economic change in Asia; 3) U.S.-Asia relations; and/or 4) economic integration and architecture in the Asia-Pacific.
The fellowship finances up to a three-month residence in Washington, D.C., and, optionally and at the Fellowship’s discretion, a small grant to cover field research in Asia prior to the start of the fellowship. Residency may begin as early as May 2014 and extend until January 2015. Fellows will complete articles or a monograph and must give a public seminar on their topic.
All application materials must be received by February 1, 2014. For more information and detailed application instructions, see: