Expansion of QUAD Fellowship Underscores Commitment to Greater Educational Exchange in the Indo-Pacific Region

The Quad Fellowship is expanding eligibility to encompass students from the 10 ASEAN countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

WASHINGTON, February 7, 2024 – Allan Goodman, CEO of the Institute of International Education (IIE), announced at an event at the White House on January 30, 2024, that IIE will be serving as the new implementing partner of the Quad Fellowship program. In this role, IIE will leverage its expertise and global reach to enhance the impact and effectiveness of the fellowship.

The event welcomed government representatives for each of the Quad member countries – Australia, India, Japan and the United States – and celebrated the successes of the first cohort of Quad Fellows and marked the launch of the second application cycle.

The first-of-its-kind fellowship was launched in 2021 by the Quad governments. The Quad Fellowship sponsors exceptional master’s and doctoral students to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the United States. The fellowship’s goal is to develop a network of science and technology experts committed to the collective good by advancing innovation and collaboration in the private, public, and academic sectors, in their nations and among Quad countries. 

The inaugural cohort is a testament to diversity, expertise, and inclusivity. Comprising 100 fellows, 25 from each country, it was a mix of talents across STEM fields. The participants specialize in 49 distinct areas, spanning across 16 disciplines of study. The cohort is not only diverse in terms of expertise but also its academic roots, drawing from 69 different undergraduate institutions across the four Quad countries. Finally, this inaugural cohort established the fellowship’s commitment to gender diversity, as 55% of the fellows identified as women or non-binary.

The program builds foundational understanding among Quad Fellows of one another’s societies and cultures through programming and networking opportunities with each country’s top scientists, technologists, and politicians. Looking ahead to the second cohort, the fellowship is expanding eligibility to encompass students from the 10 ASEAN countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. This decision not only broadens the geographic scope but underscores the fellowship’s commitment to delivering concrete benefits for the Indo-Pacific region.

“IIE has empowered people to cross borders and disciplines to solve problems together for 105 years. We are honored to administer the Quad Fellowship and look forward to supporting its continued success—and positive global impacts.” said Allan Goodman, CEO of IIE.

As the initiative continues, the Quad Fellowship is well-positioned to broaden its mission of fostering excellence, collaboration, and innovation among future leaders in the Indo-Pacific region. This partnership reinforces the commitment to providing a world-class experience for participants and further solidifies the fellowship’s standing as a premier program for academic and professional development, elevating the brightest minds in STEM for collective good

About the Quad Fellowship
The Quad Fellowship is an initiative of the governments of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. Announced by the Quad partners on September 24, 2021, this first-of-its-kind scholarship program is designed to build ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists. The Quad Fellowship is operated in consultation with a non-governmental task force composed of academic, foreign policy, and private sector leaders from each Quad country. Beginning in 2024, the fellowship will be administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), a global not-for-profit organization that manages many of the world’s most prestigious scholarship and fellowship programs. Meet the full cohort here.

About the Institute of International Education
The Institute of International Education (IIE) is the leader in designing and implementing international education strategies and program services. We work with governments, policymakers, educators, and employers across the globe to prepare students and professionals for the global workforce and equip them to solve the increasingly complex challenges facing our interconnected world. With support from donors, we also create initiatives that assist students, scholars, and artists whose lives and work are threatened; expand teaching and learning across cultures; and provide opportunities to underserved populations. A not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 16 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,600 higher education partners. Visit iie.org.

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