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2015 Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan

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Application Deadline: February 1st 2015

Program Dates  Taipei, Taiwan (view of Taipei 101, a landmark skyscraper in the city’s government and financial district). Photo by Andy Enero.

The 2015 program is tentatively scheduled to take place from late July through mid November 2015. Exact dates will be announced shortly.

The East-West Center is pleased to invite applications for the Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan (PILP), 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.

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

Tuition, residence hall room costs, health insurance, course materials, living stipend, round-trip airfare to Honolulu, roundtrip airfare from Honolulu to Taipei, as well as visa SEVIS fees (if required

  • Visa Information
    • The East-West Center will provide J-1 visa sponsorship for those who require a visa to travel to the United States.
    • Applications for the Taiwan visa may be completed either at the mission in your home country or at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu.


  • 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.
  • 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.


At least two years of 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
  • Pacific Islands 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


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2015 Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan 

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