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 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar focuses on the important role that innovation and entrepreneurship play in contributing to economic growth, job creation, and strengthening communities. During this 12-day professional training, dialogue, and travel program, participants engage in a series of workshops focused on leadership and entrepreneurship that are facilitated by a noted women’s leadership trainer and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Eligibility:

The Changing Faces Seminar targets female business owners and social entrepreneurs who have demonstrated leadership and ability to affect change and influence others in their communities. Innovative entrepreneurs, business managers, government and industry policymakers, and civil society leaders with at least seven years of work experience and who play a leadership role in their community are eligible to apply. Innovators may generally be defined as those who have created an original idea or product or are recognized for their ability to improve upon an original idea or system. Applicants must have the ability to communicate in English in a professional setting. Preference is given to candidates with limited opportunities for international exchange and professional development as well as those who offer to cost-share programmatic costs. A phone interview may be conducted with finalists.

Program Dates

July 7-20, 2019

To apply, visit: https://www.eastwestcenter.org/professional-development/seminars-journalism-programs/changing-faces-womens-leadership-seminar

The 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit is gathering the world’s top entrepreneurs around five innovation sectors. Learn more to see if you should be part of this one-of-a-kind, exclusive event.

Program Dates

June 4-5, 2019

To apply, visit: https://www.ges2019nl.nl/application

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 Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program brings two cohorts of tourism industry professionals from the Pacific Islands to Honolulu, Hawai‘i for an intensive six-week Program that builds significant new capacity and facilitates enduring professional bonds between industry leaders in the U.S. and the Pacific Islands.

Program Dates

Spring Cohort: April – May
Fall Cohort: October-November

For the Fall 2019 Application, visit: https://www.eastwestcenter.org/scholarships-fellowships/pacific-islands-tourism-professional-fellows-program-fall-2019/

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the U.S. The Program operates in more than 155 countries. The U.S. Embassy Suva invites applications from resident nationals of Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru and Tonga for Master level study programs in the U.S.

Program Dates

August of following year

To apply, visit: https://iie.embark.com/apply/ffsp

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experience in the U.S. Selection is based on a candidate’s potential for leadership and commitment to service in either the public or the private sector. This Program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding of issues of common concern in the U.S. and the fellow’s home country. U.S. Embassy Suva invites applications from resident nationals of Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru and Tonga for Master professional enrichment programs in the U.S.

Program Dates

August of following year

To apply, visit: https://iie.embark.com/apply