Application deadline November 30, 2019!

The East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP), in cooperation with the  Professional Fellows Division in the Office of Citizen Exchanges at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, conducts the Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program. This program will bring two cohorts of tourism industry professionals from the Pacific Islands to Honolulu, Hawai‘i for intensive six-week programs that build significant new capacity and facilitate enduring professional bonds between industry leaders in the United States and the Pacific Islands. Participants receive leadership training, network with fellow professionals, visit exciting tourist sites, are placed in an organization/business/agency for a 4-week on the job learning experience, and travel to Washington DC for a capstone conference.

The Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program draws broadly and deeply upon Hawaii’s unique position as an American state with one of the world’s premier tourism industries. It is designed to build capacity across the Pacific region by creating strong and enduring connections between 32 mid-level Professional Fellows from 13 Pacific island countries and no fewer than 13 Hawaii-based Americans in private and public tourism-related organizations.

If you are selected as a Professional Fellow, your full participation will be funded by the East-West Center through a grant from the U.S. Department of State.

 For more details about the program go here.

Dates

 Spring Cohort  

  • April 20 – May 23, 2020  Activities/Placement in Honolulu, Hawai‘i
  • May 25 – 30, 2020  Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC 

  Eligibility

 Applicants must:
 

  • Be citizens/nationals of one of the eligible countries (dual U.S. citizens are NOT eligible)
  • Be between the ages of 25-40
  • Be currently employed in their home country (or one of the other eligible countries) and have a demonstrated history of at least 2 years of employment in the tourism industry
  • Be willing and able to obtain a J-1 visa and spend 6-weeks in the United States
  • Be committed to returning to their home country after the program
  • Have a track record of making an impact in their organziation, company, or community
  • Be capable of creating an action-orientated plan to address a specific business problem or policy challenge being faced by the tourism industry in their country
  • Have sufficient spoken and written English language proficiency to effectively function in an American workplace.

  Eligible Countries
 Applications will be accepted from the following Pacific Islands countries:
 

  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Timor Leste
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

  
Deadline

 Your application must be received by midnight November 30, 2019 (Hawaii Time).

The Professional Fellows Program strongly encourages people living with disabilities to apply for the program.

Contact

 If you would like more information or are having trouble filling out the online form contact us by email.


 Pacific Islands Development Program
 East-West Center
 Honolulu, HI 96848-1601 USA
 Phone: +1.808.944.7778 - Fax: +1.808.944.7670

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 ​This is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government, administered by the East-West Center.

Important Application Guidelines
 

  • Read the instructions for each item carefully before entering your information. Failing to follow the instructions correctly may result in your application being disqualified for the fellowship.
  • Submittable does not log you out automatically when you exit your browser. Therefore, it is important that you sign out from your Submittable account, especially when you are using a public computer.
  • Since you will not be able to edit it afterward, make sure to review your application before submitting it. If your application is not ready, you can save it as a draft and submit it at a later time. The saved drafts of your application can be found in your account under My Submissions (or Submissions).
  • If, after submission, you need to change something in your application, contact Award Services at scholarships@eastwestcenter.org.

 You must submit your Fellowship application by 11:30PM (Hawaii Standard Time) on December 1 and should have the following ready to complete your online application:
 

  • Proof of UH application submission (Application Acknowledgement receipt) for prospective students applying for admission ---  Important Update:  If you experience a delay in obtaining proof of your UH application submission, you may instead upload a brief note explaining that you have applied to the university and will email proof of application as soon as it is available. You will not be able to submit this fellowship application without uploading either the proof of UH application submission -or- the explanatory note.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Copy of passport biodata page if available (for international applicants)
  • Cost Sharing Form
  • Name and contact information for each of your three references
  • University of Hawai‘i statement of objectives, if available (refer to academic program for instructions); not applicable for current UH students who are continuing in their same degree and field

 The EWC GDF application handbook, downloadable from the East-West Center website, provides detailed application information and instructions for the EWC Graduate Degree Fellowship.

For inquiries, please contact the EWC Award Services Office at scholarships@eastwestcenter.org
Please include in your message your (1) full name, (2) country of citizenship, and (3) intended degree program.

Access to technical help with using Submittable is available here.
Please contact Award Services if you have special needs and are unable to use the online form.
All fields with an asterisk (*) are required.

Important Application Guidelines
 

  • Read the instructions for each item carefully before entering your information. Failing to follow the instructions correctly may result in your application being disqualified for the fellowship.
  • Submittable does not log you out automatically when you exit your browser. Therefore, it is important that you sign out from your Submittable account, especially when you are using a public computer.
  • Since you will not be able to edit it afterward, make sure to review your application before submitting it. If your application is not ready, you can save it as a draft and submit it at a later time. The saved drafts of your application can be found in your account under My Submissions (or Submissions).
  • If, after submission, you need to change something in your application, contact Award Services at scholarships@eastwestcenter.org.

 

You must submit your scholarship application by 11:30PM (Hawaii Standard Time) on December 1  and should have the following ready to complete your online application:
 

  • A copy of permanent domicile in Okinawa or a certificate of residence for Okinawa to show your eligibility to apply for the Obuchi Student Scholarship 
  • Proof of UH application submission (Application Acknowledgement receipt) for prospective students applying for admission ---  Important Update:  If you experience a delay in obtaining proof of your UH application submission, you may instead upload a brief note explaining that you have applied to the university and will email proof of application as soon as it is available. You will not be able to submit this fellowship application without uploading either the proof of UH application submission -or- the explanatory note. 
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Copy of passport biodata page if available
  • Cost Sharing Form
  • Name and contact information for each of your three references
  • University of Hawai‘i statement of objectives, if available (refer to academic program for instructions); 

 The EWC GDF application handbook, downloadable from the East-West Center website, provides detailed application information and instructions for the Obuchi Student Scholarship.

For inquiries, please contact the EWC Award Services Office at scholarships@eastwestcenter.org
Please include in your message your (1) full name, (2) country of citizenship, and (3) intended degree program.

Access to technical help with using Submittable is available here.
Please contact Award Services if you have special needs and are unable to use the online form.

All fields with an asterisk (*) are required.

This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the East-West Center.

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Important Application Guidelines

  • Read the instructions for each item carefully before entering your information.
  • Submittable does not log you out automatically when you exit your browser. Therefore, it is important that you sign out from your Submittable account, especially when you are using a public computer.
  • Since you will not be able to edit it afterward, make sure to review your application before submitting it. If your application is not ready, you can save it as a draft and submit it at a later time. The saved drafts of your application can be found in your account under My Submissions (or Submissions).
  • If after submission you need to change something in your application, contact the USSP scholarship program at USSP@EastWestCenter.org.

USSP application information, downloadable from the East-West Center website, provide detailed application instructions for the USSP program.


For inquiries, please contact the EWC Award Services Office at USSP@EastWestCenter.org

Please include in your message your (1) full name, (2) country of citizenship, and (3) intended degree program.

Access to technical help with using Submittable is available here.

All fields with an asterisk (*) are required. 

The Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) provides individuals from the Pacific Islands region with the opportunity to enhance their leadership capacities and build a network with other leaders from across the Pacific, Asia and the United States.  PILP attracts participants possessing high leadership potential and a commitment to serve their national and regional development goals.  The program strengthens participants' knowledge and understanding of key regional, economic, social, political, health, education and environmental issues, and cultivates adaptive and appropriate leadership capacities.

PILP Fellows will spend one month in experiential learning exercises at the East-West Center, in addition to a one month field study at the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (IDIA).  Curriculum includes future scenario planning, social entrepreneurship and risk analysis, climate change and environmental stewardship, international relations, and public health.

Citizens from the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia,  Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are eligible to apply for PILP.

For more information, please visit our website and FAQ section.
To contact us, please email PILP@EastWestCenter.org


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
 

  • Citizens from the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
  • Applicants from all walks of life (government, business, environment, NGOs, health, media, agriculture, education and others) are encouraged to apply.
  • Early to mid-career professionals, spanning the ages of approximately 25-38.
  • Bachelor's degree.  Exceptions may be considered on the basis of other relevant experience and qualifications.
  • Fluent level of English.  PILP will be conducted in English and participants will be expected to have English language fluency.

 

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
 

  • At least three 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.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE
 

  • 11:59 pm, February 1, 2020 (Hawaii Standard Time)

 LETTER OF REFERENCE DEADLINE
 

  • 11:59 pm, February 8, 2020 (Hawaii Standard Time) via the Submittable or to PILP@EastWestCenter.org
  • Please download the Letter of Reference form HERE and send it to your referee.  Two letters of reference are needed to complete your application.  It is recommended that you contact your Referee at least one month before you submit your application as a professional courtesy.

 IMPORTANT APPLICATION GUIDELINES
 

  • Read the instructions for each item carefully before entering your information.
  • The application software does not log you out automatically when you exit your browser.  Therefore, it is important that you sign out from your application account especially when you are using a public computer.
  • Since you will not be able to edit your application after submitting, make sure to review your application before submitting.  If your application is not ready, you can save it as a draft and submit it at a later time.  The saved drafts of your application can be found in your account under My Submissions (or Submissions).
  • If, after submission, you need to change something in your application, contact the PILP team at PILP@EastWestCenter.org

 

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