Asia Pacific Leadership Fellowship Program 2015 at East-West Center, Honolulu

Asia Pacific Leadership Fellowship Program 2015 at East-West Center, Honolulu

Deadline: December 15, 2014

The East West Center invites applications for the 2015 Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP). This is an innovative, graduate-level certificate program that combines the development of regional expertise with the enhancement of individual leadership skills. The APLP is the center of excellence for leadership education in Asia Pacific and a signature program of the East-West Center.


The APLP is a nine-month program (early-August to early-May) with a minimum five-month residency requirement. During the first five months all participants are based at the East-West Center in Honolulu and live on campus.

The first five months (August through December) involves intensive coursework and living and working within a diverse community. First semester program content focuses on three areas: interpreting emerging issues facing the Asia Pacific; developing leadership capacity; and professional development.  Activities include workshops, discussion seminars, outdoor challenges, lectures, simulations, field experience, independent work and online activities.

After the core experience, participants engage in a range of flexible, customized activities for an additional four months (January to May). These activities include: coursework at the University of Hawaii; developing applied leadership projects; carrying out extended field studies; new professional positions; or returning to employment. In all cases there is a continuation of the program through online and/or face-to-face meetings. There is a May graduation/re-union and conference in Honolulu.

Fellowship Benefits

Upon entry, all participants are awarded an Asia Pacific Leadership Fellowship. The Fellowship is used to cover the majority of program fees, provision of learning materials, electronic and print resources, a field study, transportation to most off-site locations, other travel and excursions, specialized workshops, and health insurance for the first term. The estimated value of these items is approximately $13,000 (fellows responsible for paying applicable U.S. taxes).

Living and housing expenses on campus are approximately $1,000/month. Transportation to and from Hawai‘i is at the participant’s expense and each participant contributes $7,000 towards program fees and should budget $750 towards field study expenses.


The APLP is fortunate to have developed a wide range of supplemental scholarship opportunities for participants to help defray certain expenses not covered by the Fellowship. Please see the scholarships page for details.


  • Bachelor’s degree – applicants must have at least a 3-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited U.S. College or University or from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. Equivalency is determined by the University of Hawai’i.
  • The APLP Fellowship is intended for any individual with a deep interest in leadership training and promoting peace and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region – regardless of citizenship, age or ethnicity.  All citizenships are welcome to apply.

Anyone who meets the minimum criteria is eligible to apply.  There are no age restrictions in the APLP.  In fact, the APLP has had participants as old as 52 years of age.


  • Professional work experience and achievement
  • Leadership track record in professional, public, and/or personal realms
  • International experience and aptitude, including overseas residence, language skills, intercultural and diversity exposure
  • Volunteer and community service experience
  • Asia Pacific engagement: evidence of interest in and knowledge of the region, as well as commitment to its future prosperity. This might include employment in the region, classes taken at University, languages spoken, memberships and fellowships, specific projects, field studies, and areas of research interest
  • Experience of cohort learning, working collaboratively in small teams or in large groups.


  • Applicants requesting supplementary scholarships should submit a completed application by December 15, 2014.
  • All other applications are due by January 15, 2015.
  • Late applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1, 2015.

For more information, visit Asia Pacific Leadership Program. Also see the FAQs.