The Pacific Islands Development Program's quarterly publication Visions & Voices welcomes submissions of essays, articles, commentary, and concise pieces that pertain to the Pacific Islands region.

Relevance: Submissions should focus on Pacific Islands-related issues. The Pacific Islands means the places, peoples, and societies within what is understood today as the Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia sub-regions of Oceania. The subject matter should maintain its relevance for a minimum of six months after publication. To reference current priorities, issues, and concerns relevant to the Pacific Islands region, visit the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.

Quality: Submissions should be original, balanced, thoughtful, and concise.

Tone: Constructive criticism and analysis of issues that takes into account all relevant viewpoints is welcomed. However, strong political bias, sarcasm, personal attacks, cultural insensitivity, and any form of disparagement is not acceptable.

Accessibility: Submissions should be written for a general audience to understand, not just for specialists.

Length: Submissions must be between 800 to 1,200 words, excluding citations and references.

Style: Spelling should follow the 11th edition of the Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Style should follow the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style with two exceptions. The first exception is that languages other than English, especially Indigenous languages, do not need to be italicized. The second exception is that digital journalism and commentary submissions may instead follow the 56th edition of The Associated Press Stylebook.

Citations: Include citations where necessary. Citations should follow the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style unless there is a rational reason to use a different format, such as The Bluebook for legal writing or The Associated Press Stylebook for digital journalism and commentary pieces. Citation formatting should be consistent throughout the document.

AI Transparency: There is a growing consensus among scholarly organizations, including the Committee on Publication Ethics, that artificial intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT or large language models do not fulfill the necessary criteria for authorship, as they lack the capacity to assume ethical and legal responsibility for the content they produce. Thus, as a matter of policy, submissions generated by AI or machine learning tools are not accepted for publication.

Submission: Submit work online via Submittable. Contributors can expect an email notification regarding acceptance or rejection within approximately four to six weeks following the applicable submission deadline. Submissions received after a submission deadline will be considered for the next submission deadline.

  • Issue 1: Submissions received by the end of December are considered for publication in February.
  • Issue 2: Submissions received by the end of March are considered for publication in May.
  • Issue 3: Submissions received by the end of June are considered for publication in August.
  • Issue 4: Submissions received by the end of September are considered for publication in November.

Editorial Rights: The Pacific Islands Development Program decides what gets published, and we might edit for length and clarity. No submissions are compensated.

Reprints: We accept previously published pieces. Contributors are responsible for providing verification of the required permissions.

The biggest questions of our time call for community-centered and action-oriented leadership that is policy-aware and regionally and globally competent. Defining and resolving our common dilemmas requires inclusion and collaboration. The Indo-Pacific Leadership Lab, jointly launched by the East-West Center and the Japan Foundation, is for rising leaders from diverse sectors, including academia, civil society, non-profit, business, and government, who want to deepen their leadership practice and increase their impact. The Lab is for those who are ready to listen sincerely, question profoundly, and learn from real-world experience and practice.

Each year, leaders in the Lab will focus on a specific complex and interconnected social issue. Alongside fifteen other rising leaders from across the Indo-Pacific, leaders will join a year-long program that includes three one-week, in-person seminars held in Honolulu, Hawai‘i; Suva, Fiji; and Tokyo, Japan. Together, leaders will critically examine current responses to the issue and explore community approaches and their connections to local and regional policy. They will identify critical gaps and explore and test responses in their home communities, with guidance from community leaders, topic experts, and leadership mentors.

The 2025 Lab cohort will focus on leadership responses to the challenges and risks arising from the climate crisis. The program will begin virtually in October 2024, and will launch in-person in Honolulu, Hawai‘i in late 2024, reconvene in Suva, Fiji, and close in Tokyo, Japan. Throughout the year, leaders will critically examine climate adaptation plans and explore local communities' approaches to addressing vulnerabilities and meeting challenges.

Leaders who complete the 2025 Lab will be better equipped to support communities in articulating their adaptation goals and the vulnerability analyses they are rooted in, and in crafting transformative climate change action. Leaders will chronicle their experiences of testing community adaptation plans and build capacities and connections for inclusive, community-led climate change adaptation.


For more information, please visit our website for more information. Questions can be directed to

Program Information
Program runs October 2024-September 2025

  • Honolulu, Hawai‘i (December 2024) 
  • Suva, Fiji (April 2025)
  • Tokyo, Japan (September 2025)

Financial Information/Provisions
The Indo-Pacific Leadership Lab provides Fellows with round-trip airfare to/from the program locations, program fee and materials, accommodation, travel insurance, meals, and some applicable visa-related costs (if required).
**This program is subject to postponement/cancellation due to prevailing and unforeseen circumstances.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 5-10 years of deep work or research experience in an area with clear connections to climate change mitigation, adaption planning, natural resources or environmental governance, or related area
  • A citizen and resident of one of the following countries: Japan, United States of America, Pacific Islands: American Samoa, Australia, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea, Independent State of Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu; South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan; Southeast Asia: Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Verbal fluency in English, with strong written English skills
  • Demonstrable writing experience, including grants, Op-eds, articles in newspapers or magazines, blogs, and/or academic writing, etc.
  • A current passport with validity through March 2026
  • Able to commit to one week of travel in December 2024, April and September 2025, plus monthly virtual connections in between travel (estimated at about 4 hours/month).

Desirable Qualifications

  • Deep and ongoing involvement in a specific organization, business, educational institution, or community impact initiative with clear connections to climate change mitigation, adaption planning, natural resources or environmental governance, or related area
  • Professional, public, and/or community leadership track record
  • Willing to engage fully in a place-based, policy-focused, creatively- and strategically-demanding program
  • Interest in collectively generating community-focused policy and impact initiatives connected to climate change adaptation
  • Interested in working and learning alongside people from a diversity of places, backgrounds, sectors, and communities
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively in small teams or in large groups

Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2024 (at 11:59 PM Hawai‘i Standard Time). Completed applications include a Letter of Reference. Letters of Reference will be accepted until June 9, 2024 (at 11:59 PM Hawai‘i Standard Time).

Letter(s) of Reference
One letter of reference is required to complete your application but two are suggested. References submitted by the applicant will not be accepted. Instructions with a link to the Letter of Reference form will be sent to your referee(s) via email upon the submission of your application. Inform your referee(s) ahead of submitting your application that a request will be coming from Submittable. Should your referee(s) require assistance, please have them contact our team at The program will not accept a Letter of Reference directly from applicants.

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Applications are now OPEN for the Young Professionals Program for fall (September-December) 2024. Please apply by 11:59 pm (Hawai‘i Standard Time) on Sunday June 16, 2024.

The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW) offers a chance each semester for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, to gain first-hand training experience at a US-Indo-Pacific research and education organization in Washington, DC.

We strive to provide participants with a broad range of education and training opportunities during their time with EWCW. These may include acquiring and analyzing large datasets for our Asia Matter for America publications, writing articles for, attending webinars or seminars, and delivering briefs.

Applicants typically have a strong interest in US-Indo-Pacific relations and may be studying international relations, Asia studies, international economics, international political economy, public policy, international business, journalism or other similar areas of study. However, all students and recent graduates who are interested in learning more about US-Indo-Pacific relations are encouraged to apply.

    The following proven skillsets are beneficial (though not required):

  • Research experience with open-source data and working with data in Excel.
  • Experience analyzing quantitative data and concisely communicating data outputs.
  • Experience living in, studying, or researching the Indo-Pacific
  • Experience tracking multiple media sources for news or developments about a particular topic
  • Interest in researching and communicating complex international relations topics (i.e., international trade) into a local perspective (i.e., Maine exports of lobster to China).
  • Developing graphs/charts/infographics for use online and in print form in support of various research, policy dialogue, publication, and outreach projects
  • Basic understanding of economic data analysis (FDI and Greenfield investment)
  • Asian language reading fluency
  • Experience writing policy analyses, briefs, press releases, or other professional communications
  • Public relations/brand management experience

We do not sponsor visas for this program, so non-US-citizen applicants should already be authorized for such a position through US citizenship/permanent residency or existing visas sponsored by a university or other valid third party.

Full-time (40 Hours/week) participation in the Young Professionals Program comes with a $2,000 per month stipend for the fall of 2024, subject to applicable taxes and withholding. Stipends are prorated for part-time participation and may count as university credits if your school permits.

Applicants located both inside and outside of the Washington DC area are welcome, though residing in the DC metro area is preferred. Participants located in the DC area for the summer term have the option to join either remotely, in person, or hybrid. Participants must be able to attend at least one weekly zoom meeting, dedicate 20-40 hours per week to the program, and be able to be online for the majority of Eastern Time working hours (9 am-5 pm).

The POSCO Visiting Fellowship Program, endowed by POSCO, is intended to promote research activities on Korean topics at the East-West Center.  The program invites outstanding scholars and policymakers to engage in policy-relevant, contemporary research on political, security, and economic issues in Northeast Asia, as they relate to Korea.

POSCO Visiting Fellows carry out policy-relevant research on contemporary issues in Korean studies. In particular, the POSCO Fellowship Program is intended to generate constructive and informative research in four important areas: (1) The two Koreas and Northeast Asia; (2) Security issues for Korea and Northeast Asia; (3) Economic and social issues in South Korea; and (4) Political challenges in Korea.

The East-West Center is pleased to announce the 2024 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange, scheduled for September 19–28, 2024.

At present, US-ROK relations are exceptionally strong. Despite South Korean President Yoon representing a conservative party and his US counterpart President Biden representing a progressive party, the two governments have compatible approaches toward North Korea. President Yoon is also relatively tough on China and willing to prioritize strategic cooperation with Japan, which pleases Washington. Although President Yoon’s ability to implement his domestic agenda may be at risk due to his coalition falling short of achieving a majority in the April 10, 2024 National Assembly elections, his government still controls foreign policy-making, and from the beginning of his term, he has seemed determined to pursue his vision for ROK foreign relations even without a strong domestic mandate. The US Presidential election in November, however, could dramatically reset Korea-US relations. Candidate and former US president, Donald J. Trump, has a well-known history of being dissatisfied with the US-ROK alliance, and a second term for candidate Trump could present a challenge for Seoul and relations between the US and South Korea.

The 2024 Exchange marks the continued importance of the Korea-US relationship. With a focus on “Balancing US-Korea Relations in an Election Year,” this 16th exchange will look at the current issues related to US-Korea relations, including the strategic Korea-US military alliance, the state of US-Japan-ROK relations and strategic cooperation, US and Korea foreign policy, and the continued threat from North Korea. Coordinated meetings and visits will also provide journalists with an extensive knowledge and understanding of the US and South Korea presidential and parliamentary election process, policy issues, and voter attitudes, thereby enhancing their coverage of each election’s potential impact to US-Korea relations. Six Korean journalists will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC and six US journalists will travel to Seoul, Busan, and the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea to meet with government and business leaders, academics, non-governmental organizations, media, and other members of the community. Following these study tours, all of the journalists will meet for a final dialogue at the East-West Center in Washington to report on their travel experiences and perspectives, and exchange opinions on how media coverage of US-Korea issues can be improved.

Theme: Balancing US-Korea Relations in an Election Year
Dates: September 19 - 28, 2024
Korean Destinations: Seoul, Busan and the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea
US Destinations: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC
All participants will meet at the East-West Center in Washington for a one-day concluding dialogue
Who Can Apply: Working US and Korean print, broadcast and online journalists with a minimum of five years of experience. Korean journalists should contact the Korea Press Foundation to apply.
Application Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2024

Funding: The 2024 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange is funded by The East-West Center and the Korea Press Foundation. Sponsors will cover the following programmatic costs:

  • All international and domestic airfare
  • Ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Lodging in each of the study-tour destinations
  • Program-related meals
  • Cultural activities and networking opportunities
  • Interpretation services during the study tour

Application Guidelines

  • Complete all required fields below marked with a red asterisk (*)
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages)
  • Cover letter outlining a brief description of your news organization, job duties and experience; what you expect to accomplish and what issues you want to explore during the program, including specific story ideas; and how participation in this Fellowship will benefit your work as journalist.
  • Names and contact information for three references

US participants are responsible for paying a program fee of $650.00 each and covering their health insurance and airline baggage charges.

Korean journalists, please contact the Korea Press Foundation (

The Hawai‘i Pacific Foundation (HPF) Doctoral Research Award at the East-West Center is an award of up to $20,000 to promote educational access for Native Hawaiians or support outstanding doctoral students to conduct high quality research that advance commitment or contribution to the study of issues important to the Native Hawaiian community.  

Award funds may be used for tuition and/or institution fees, books, living expenses, equipment, travel supplies, software, and other expenses that are directly related to conducting their research.  The award period is up to six months and residency at the East-West Center is highly encouraged.  EWC will facilitate connections between the Awardee and its rich network of scholars who can provide support as they write their research findings.  Students may be studying at universities other than the University of Hawai‘i, as the Award is intended to support research by doctoral students, especially those who may need to be in Hawai‘i or need residency at the EWC in Honolulu.  At the conclusion of their research, the Awardee is encouraged to share their research findings with the EWC and the community for broader impact. 

Important Application Guidelines:
You must submit your scholarship application by 11:59PM (Hawaii Standard Time) on May 31 and should have the following documents on hand to upload to your online application:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Thesis or Dissertation Research Prospectus
  • A scanned copy of your official transcript for each higher education institution attended [UH students may submit an unofficial transcript generated via]
  • Two Letters of Recommendation,  one of which from your graduate advisor at your home institution confirming advancement to candidacy or thesis 
  • Detailed budget

For more information, please visit the East-West Center website, or email

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The East-West Center is pleased to announce the 2024 Jefferson Fellowships.

Theme: Partnerships, Postures and Perils: Assessing East Asia Security and Economic Environments

Dates: December 1-18, 2024

Destinations: Honolulu, Manila, Taipei

This year’s Jefferson Fellowships program will explore growing concern about political and economic stability in the Indo-Pacific region in light of China’s aggressive behavior towards other claimants in the South China Sea and heightened tensions in the Taiwan Straits. More details can be found here.

The broad purpose of the Jefferson Fellowships is to enhance public understanding through the news media of issues in the United States and the Asia Pacific through a three-week dialogue, study, and travel program that focuses on a particular theme. 

Applications must be submitted by June 13, 2024.

For additional program information, including participant obligations and programmatic details, please visit the East-West Center website. If you encounter any difficulties with this application, please contact


Applicants must:

  • Be a working print, broadcast, or online journalist from the United States or an eligible Asia Pacific country or territory.
  • Possess at least 5 years of professional journalism experience.
  • Have the ability to communicate in English in a professional setting.

Preference will be given to journalists who clearly articulate the relevance of the theme to their areas of coverage and how they intend to use the knowledge gained to enhance the perspectives of viewers, readers, and listeners. Journalists are strongly encourage to generate content during and after the program in the form of formal print and broadcast stories, blogs, and social media communications.

Eligible Countries & Territories

  • Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States, Vanuatu, or Vietnam.


Applicants must submit each of the following documents to be considered:

  • The online 2024 Jefferson Fellowships application form.
  • A letter of interest (maximum 3 pages, double-spaced). Letter should include: (1) a brief description of your news organization or freelance work, job duties and experience; (2) what you expect to accomplish and what issues you want to explore during the program, including specific story ideas; (3) the relevance of the theme to your audiences and areas of coverage; (4) how participation will benefit your work as journalist. Please also include a proposed topic for the paper and presentation you will share as part of the Fellowship (see Participant Obligations below).
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages).
  • An employer's statement of support completed by the applicant's supervisor/employer indicating that the applicant has the support of their media organization to attend the Fellowship. (Does not apply to freelance journalists.)
  • Two (2) professional references with letters of recommendation.
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