Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan 2015 – East-West Center, Honolulu

Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan 2015 – East-West Center, Honolulu

Deadline: February 1, 2015

The East-West Center is pleased to invite applications for the Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan (PILP). Now in its third year, the PILP is an initiative designed to provide opportunities to enhance the leadership capacities of individuals in the Pacific Islands region and build a network of young leaders who will contribute to lasting people-to-people relationships across the Pacific, Asia, and United States. The fellowship seeks to empower up to 125 young leaders from across the Pacific Islands region to exercise leadership and promote cooperation in a variety of cultural, geographical and institutional environments.

The PILP is a three-month program which takes place at the East-West Center in Honolulu and the Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs in Taipei, Taiwan.  The tentative schedule for the 2015 PILP Fellowship is late July through mid November 2015.  All PILP Fellows maintain a full time residency requirement in Hawai‘i and Taiwan continuously during this period.

Type of Study

  • Participants will spend approximately two months engaging in experiential learning exercises at the East-West Center’s campus in Hawai‘i, in addition to a month of field study in Taipei at the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs.
  • The program curriculum includes such topics as applied leadership skills, future scenario planning, social entrepreneurship and risk analysis, climate change and environmental stewardship, international relations, and public health.

PILP Fellowship Provisions

All PILP participants are granted a fellowship.  The PILP fellowship offers the following provisions:

  • Roundtrip airfare between home country and Honolulu
  • Roundtrip airfare between Honolulu and Taipei
  • Tuition and course materials
  • Residence room costs
  • Health insurance
  • Living stipend during the three-month program
  • Visa SEVIS fees

The monthly stipend during PILP is approximately US $1,000 per month to assist with meals and incidental expenses.


  • Citizens from the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu will be eligible for these competitive, merit-based scholarship awards.
  • The program is seeking individuals with a minimum of two (2) years of significant work experience, and who are committed to a career in the Pacific Islands region.
  • Applicants from all walks of life (government, business, environment, NGOs, health, media, agriculture, education and others) are encouraged to apply.
  • The program is aimed at early- to mid-career professionals, spanning the ages of approximately 25-38.
  • Applicants will be expected to have a fluent level of English.  Applicants are encouraged to provide an English language test score (such as the IELTS), if one is available.
  • Applicants will normally have a Bachelor’s degree.  Exceptions may be considered on the basis of other relevant experience and qualifications.

Desirable qualifications include:

  • 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
  • Pacific Island region 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 leadership track record in professional, public and/or personal realms; volunteer and community service experience

For more information, visit Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan. Read the FAQs.