Now accepting applications for Congressional Staff Program on Asia

April 11, 2017

The East-West Center in Washington, in cooperation with Sasakawa USA, is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for a new cohort of the EWC-Sasakawa USA Congressional Staff Program on Asia (CSPA).

CSPA is a bipartisan educational certificate program that provides Capitol Hill staff members with an opportunity to engage leading experts and officials on a range of contemporary, policy-relevant topics in U.S.-Asia relations, while expanding their network of congressional colleagues who are engaged in similar issues.

Applications are now being accepted for the certificate program, which will consist of a weekly series of luncheon talks on Capitol Hill in June and July, 2017. Speakers will be from universities, think tanks, government agencies, and other policy relevant institutions. Session topics will cover issues with implications for Congressional consideration and action, and include: U.S.-Asia Relations: Politics, Security, and Economics; The Rise of China; Nuclear Issues in Asia; Democratic Development in Asia, and others.

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Applicants must be current congressional staff, employed by either a member of congress or a congressional committee, and can come from either chamber or party. No previous Asia expertise is required, but a strong Asia interest is encouraged. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2017.

All completed applications received by the deadline will be considered for participation. A group of up to ten participants will be selected for this year’s class, with decision letters expected to be sent in mid-May. For queries related to the program or application, please contact Ms. Grace Ruch Clegg at or (202) 327-9762.



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