Call for 3rd batch applications: fellowship opportunities under Mekong Thought Leadership and Think Tanks Program

Launch of the call: 15 March 2024

Application deadline: 14 April 2024, 23:59 (Bangkok/Indochina time)

Submissions of applications will only be accepted through online submission platform:


The Mekong Thought Leadership and Think Tanks Network Program (MTT), supported by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), aims to work with national and regional knowledge-based policy influence organizations (KBPIOs) in the Mekong Region to enhance their capacities to effectively engage stakeholders involved in policy processes. 

Knowledge-based policy influence organizations (KBPIOs) are “organizations that produce and disseminate policy-relevant knowledge, such as think tanks, research institutes, advocacy groups, and academic centers.” They differ from other types of policy actors in their degree of independence, specialization, and legitimacy.

The program views that investing in diverse entry- or mid-level professionals of all genders working in research and policy engagement is essential to enhance their capacity to produce and promote practical and sustainable solutions. The program will spearhead capacity building for entry- or mid-level professionals through fellowships and trainings.

This call seeks to award 12 entry- or mid-level professionals.

Fellow qualifications


  1. Entry- or mid-level professionals of all ages and genders.
  2. Citizen of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, or Vietnam.
  3. Education qualification as appropriate for the role, but preference for:
    1. Master’s degree with at least 2 years experience; or
    2. Bachelor’s degree with at least five years’ experience.
  4. Available to commit to a 1-year full-time or 1-year part-time fellowship.


  1. Experience in working in at least one of the thematic areas:
    1. Water security
    2. Energy security
    3. Climate change mitigation or adaptation
    4. Gender equality, disability, and social inclusion (GEDSI)
    5. Water, energy, and climate nexus
  2. Consider being physically based with a host institution for at least half of the fellowship period, whereby stays/visits should add up to half of the fellowship period. For prospective fellows who are not able to physically relocate to the host institution, other arrangements can be negotiated upon request and subject to approval by the Program Secretariat (Stockholm Environment Institute, Asia Center).
  3. The fellow must be hosted by someone other than their existing employer.

 For more details of the call, please download the attached pdf.

Kindly submit your application online, email applications will not be accepted.

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