Exchanges and Fellowships

The State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) helps to orchestrate a vast array of impressive educational and cultural exchange programs in the U.S. and around the world which aim to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries.

ECA and other U.S. government programs available to Pacific Islanders from Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Tuvalu and Nauru include the prestigious Fulbright Foreign Students Program, the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for teachers and the Community Solutions Program, tailored to the best community leaders in the country. The U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP), a competitive, merit-based scholarship program provides opportunity for Bachelor and Master’s degree study at the University of Hawai’i.

Conferences such as the Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Conference brings together young, emerging, indigenous Pacific leaders with a collective capacity to address common issues facing the region such as education and resource management.

Such exchanges promote public dialogue and discussion of the bilateral links between our countries. Participants include opinion leaders across our countries’ political, commercial, educational, media and cultural sectors. Increasingly, program participants are coming from youth and non-majority communities.

The exchange experience ensures that key Pacific decision makers receive a more complete view of U.S. life, culture, and policies, allowing them to bring back context to debates which otherwise might be carried out at an uninformed level or through sensationalist media coverage.

The EducationUSA Academy is a pre-college academic enrichment Program for international high school students offering specialized college preparatory content, college-level writing workshops, campus visits, and cultural activities. Students gain an insider’s perspective on higher education in the U.S. while having the chance to experience campus life.

Program Dates

Application timelines and program schedules vary by host institution (please refer to the institution of your choice for its specific deadline).

To apply, visit: http://www.edusaacademy.org/find-an-academy/

Select preferred academy to begin specific application processes.

The United States Embassy in Suva invites applications for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for academic year 2022-2023 from resident nationals of Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu. The Humphrey Fellowship provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States.

These prestigious Fellowships are offered to mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent graduate-level learning at a leading U.S. university for up to twelve months.

For successful applicants, the program begins with an intensive orientation in Washington, D.C., and includes participation in a professional development internship for at least six weeks with local, state, national or international organizations located in the United States after the academic segment of the program.

The Fellowship provides for international travel, travel within the U.S. as required, tuition and fees, books, a monthly maintenance stipend, and limited funds for professional development activities such as attendance at conferences, field trips and professional affiliations.

In support of U.S. foreign policy goals, Mission goals, and ECA’s Functional Bureau strategy, the program cultivates a network of current and future political, civil society, and educational leaders to address global challenges in fields such as democratic institution building, economic development, public health, education, and journalism and media literacy. A recent evaluation found that 61 percent of Humphrey alumni return home and work in government in some capacity. Others are leaders in their fields driving policy, introducing new best practices, and implementing innovative management methods into their organizations.

Eligible Fields of Study: 

Human and Institutional Capacity:

  • Economic Development
  • Finance & Banking
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Human Resource Management

Rights and Freedoms:

  • Communications and Journalism
  • International Religious Freedom
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy & Prevention

Sustainable Lands:

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Thriving Communities:

  • Contagious and Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV&AIDS, Policy and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention (see 4b)
  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Basic Eligibility Criteria:

  • mid-career professionals in leadership positions
  • demonstrated a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement
  • an undergraduate (first university) degree;
  • a minimum of five years of substantial professional experience;
  • limited or no prior experience in the United States;
  • demonstrated leadership qualities;
  • show interest in the policy aspects of field of specialization
  • a record of public service in the community; and
  • strong written and spoken English skills.

To access the application, visit: http://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

The deadline for receipt of nominations is June 11, 2021.