2013 New Generation Summit for Young Leaders: Apply now!

Deadline: July 19, 2013

Applications are now being accepted from young leaders for the 2013 New Generation Summit, a two-week intensive educational, dialogue and study tour travel program taking place at Honolulu, Hawaii; Beijing, China, Seoul, Korea from September 30-October 13, 2013. The New Generation Seminar program provides an avenue for dialogue and interaction among the participants through formal meetings as well as informal after-hour activities.

Theme: “Social and Economic Transformation in Asia Pacific”

Each year the East-West Center invites rising young leaders from the United States and Asia Pacific to participate in The New Generation Seminar (NGS), a two-week intensive educational, dialogue and study tour travel program. The program is developed around a thematic focus and provides participants with an opportunity to strengthen their understanding of Asia Pacific-U.S. developments and challenges, build a regional network and to become leaders with a more international perspective.


  • The New Generation Seminar involves 10-12 participants aged mid-20’s to late 30’s, approximately 6-8 from Asia Pacific* and 3-4 from the United States.
  • The program seeks to engage “communicators” and “leaders,” those individuals who are in a position to shape and influence policy and decision-making in their countries, regions or local communities.
  • The program targets elected officials because of their direct influence on policy, but also includes others involved in politics, governance or community leadership.
  • The program is geared toward professionals working outside of academia.

The strongest candidates for the program will be:

  • Working professionals in their mid-20s to late 30s;
  • Elected officials and other political, business and community leaders or communicators with broad-based policy knowledge and influence;
  • Individuals with limited opportunity for international travel;
  • Fluent in English.
  • Candidates need not be specialists in the program theme; indeed, as stated above, we prefer candidates with broad based policy profiles who could benefit from deepening their understanding of regional issues as well as the proposed theme.


Through a grant from the Freeman Foundation, the East-West Center covers air and ground travel as well as modest meals, lodging and program-related expenses for the participants during the two-week program. Participants will be responsible for their own visa fees and visa related expenses.

Please note that funding applies only to Asia Pacific countries on this list. Other applicants are welcome, but they would need to provide their own funding to participate. If you are interested in this option, please contact the organizers and we can provide details about costs.

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