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East-West Center - 2014 Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) Application Announcement


We are pleased to announce that the Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan (PILP) is now accepting applications for the 2014 PILP Fellowship cohort. Now in its second year, the objective of the PILP Fellowship is 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. This program seeks to attract candidates possessing outstanding intellectual promise, high leadership potential, and commitment to serve the development needs of their countries. It is intended to strengthen participants’ knowledge and understanding of key economic, social, political, health, educational and environmental issues affecting the region, and enable them to cultivate the leadership skills, approaches and networks to make meaningful contributions to the region throughout their careers. Starting in August and ending in November 2014, participants will spend two months engaging in experiential learning exercises at the East-West Center’s campus in Hawai‘i, followed by 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. Regarding eligibility, 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 are eligible for these competitive, merit-based fellowship awards. Early- to mid-career professionals, spanning the ages of approximately 25-38, from all professional backgrounds (government, business, environment, NGOs, health, media, agriculture, education and others) are encouraged to apply. The fellowship provides funding for tuition and course materials, residence hall room costs, health insurance, a living stipend, round-trip airfare to Honolulu, roundtrip airfare from Honolulu to Taipei, and SEVIS fees for J-1 visas [if required]. Please visit our website at www.eastwestcenter.org/pilp for application forms, instructions and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs). Applications must be completed before February 1, 2014 in order to be considered.