Funded Program for Early- to Mid-career Professionals in the East- West Center Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan 2021

Sign up for the 2021 Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) for a chance to be part of the leadership development program in the Pacific region. 

Selected applicants will be granted an all-expenses paid award to participate in a regional analysis of emerging issues in Oceania with experiential leadership learning and a commitment to practical action.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2021


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For successful applicants, the PILP Fellowship will provide: 

  • Tuition
  • Residence hall room costs
  • Health insurance
  • Course materials
  • Living stipend
  • Airfare to Honolulu
  • Airfare from Honolulu to Taipei
  • Airfare from Taipei to home country
  • Visa SEVIS fees (if necessary)

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 program is open to early to mid-career professionals:

  • Between the ages of 25-38.
  • Who are 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. 
  • With a fluent level of English.  
  • With at least a Bachelor’s degree.  

Exceptions may be considered on the basis of other relevant experience and qualifications. 


  • Applicants from all walks of life (government, business, environment, NGOs, health, media, agriculture, education and others) are encouraged to apply.
  • At least three years of professional work experience and achievement is required. 

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Application Instructions

Submit an English language test score (such as the IELTS), if one is available. 

To apply for the 2021 Pacific Islands Leadership

  • Click here for answers to FAQs. 
  • Submit an online application and the following:
    • Cover Letter (maximum 300 words) 
    • Up to date Curriculum Vitae (resume)
    • History of jobs and end dates with the most current position:
      • Start and end dates (please list day/month/year for each
      • The type of duties you perform
    • Education background with date the degree was received
    • If you are currently enrolled in an educational program, you can indicate the date you expect to complete the program (month/year)
    • Scholarships, fellowships, grants or awards you have received, including academic, professional or community service recognition;
    • Positions of leadership that you currently hold or have held;
    • Publications you have authored;
    • Countries in which you have traveled extensively or resided, especially in the Asia Pacific region;
    • Particular interests, experiences, skills and talents tht may be relevant to PILP;
    • Community service or civic engagement activities; and
    • Personal accomplishments which you feel are significant.
    • Essay Question (maximum 400 words)
      • Write about a leader you know personally (you must have met the person). It could be a family member, friend, colleague, boss, coach, teacher, community or spiritual leader – someone you know well.
      • What is it about this leader and his or her behavior that you admire and respect? What makes this person a leader?
      • Tell a story or give an example of a specific occasion, which you witnessed, when she or he exemplified excellence in leadership. This moment might seem small to others, but it was highly significant to you.
    • Information for two (2) Letters of Reference
      • Name of Referee
      • Title/position of Referee
      • Email address of Referee (work email preferred)
  • Click here for the 2021 PILP Letter of Reference.  

About the East- West Center Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan

Founded in 2013, the Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) is developing a new generation of leaders and a community of action.

Administered by the East-West Center, PILP is funded by a grant from the Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (IDIA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Republic of China (Taiwan).

PILP is a center of excellence for leadership development in the Pacific region. The program links regional analysis of emerging issues in Oceania with experiential leadership learning and a commitment to practical action.  

The goal of PILP is to build a network of collaborative leaders dedicated to shaping the future prosperity of the Pacific region by taking informed, effective action.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

All application materials must be received by the deadline 11:59 p.m., February, 1, 2021 (Hawaii Standard Time). 

The Leadership Retreat in Taiwan (TBD) will take place from November 26 to 30, 2021. 

Fellows will depart from Taiwan by December 2, 2021. 

The scholarship program is highly competitive and selections will be merit-based.

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