Exchanges and Fellowships

The United States throught the State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) offers a range of 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.  Programs available to Pacific Islanders from Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Tuvalu and Nauru include the prestigious Fulbright Foreign Student 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 opportunities for Bachelor and Master’s degree study at the University of Hawai’i. Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) events brings together young, emerging, indigenous Pacific leaders with a collective capacity to address common issues facing the region such as education and resource management.

U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Program

 

The U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP), authorized by the U.S. Congress and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program that provides opportunities for Master’s and Bachelor’s degree study at the University of Hawai‘i in fields that are directly relevant to the development needs of Pacific island countries.  It will also enable the recipients to obtain a broader understanding of the United States.  The scholarship program will include a mentoring component with a possible follow-on summer internship, and readily accessible opportunities for participation in host family and volunteer service programs.  Candidates from the following countries, who meet specific selection criteria, are eligible for the program: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.  The U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Program is administered by the East-West Center on behalf of its funder, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Eligible Fields of Study

Priority areas of study include agriculture, business, communication/journalism, education, environmental studies, gender studies, NGO management, political science, public administration, public health, STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), and other related fields. If a desired field of study is not among the priorities, the applicant should give special attention to explaining how this course of study would support the goals of the scholarship program. Support is not available for professional degrees such as architecture, law, and medicine.

Selection

Selection will be made, with input from U.S. Embassies in the region, by a U.S.-based academic review committee that may include Pacific Islands and other specialists from the East-West Center and University of Hawai‘i system, a representative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and a Pacific Islands student representative.

Eligibility

 

  • Bachelor’s Scholarship: Applicants must have completed secondary school by the deadline for submitting a university application for admission to their undergraduate program.  In some countries this means having completed “Form 6.”  In other countries, this may mean having completed “Grade 12.”  Individuals who have completed some undergraduate level courses but have not obtained the equivalent of a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree are also eligible and strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Master’s Scholarship: Applicants must have completed at least a three-year baccalaureate program.  Those with a three-year Bachelor’s degree may apply for a bridging program of up to one year, which upon completion allows for application to a master’s degree program.  Master’s programs may not require a bridging component, depending on prior study and academic performance during the first year.  The USSP program does not generally permit direct application and admission to a graduate degree program.  Those who possess both a bachelor’s degree and a post-graduate diploma or honors degree, or will have earned a post-graduate diploma or honors degree before the scholarship’s August start date, are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Because an objective of the program is to provide an educational exchange experience to those not previously afforded such an opportunity, preference will usually be given to candidates who have not had recent extensive experience in the United States.  Preference may also be given to candidates who have not had extensive opportunities for study at educational institutions outside the Pacific Islands region.
  • Note:  Individuals who have dual citizenship, one being that of the United States,are not eligible.  U.S. non-citizen nationals and U.S. permanent residents are also not eligible for USSP.  All scholarship recipients must be able to meet the requirements of the Exchange Visitor (J-1 visa) program.

The deadline to apply for undergraduate or graduate study beginning in August 2023 is January 15, 2023 at 11:59PM Hawai’i Standard Time (Now Closed). 

Learn more and apply at https://www.eastwestcenter.org/education/us-south-pacific-scholarship.

 

 

PROJECT Governance Graduate Fellowship

The PROJECT Governance Graduate Fellowship program (ProGov Fellowship) is designed to support promising young leaders from Pacific Island countries to earn a one-year professional degree at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in the fields of finance, information systems, or law. The ProGov Fellowship is an important piece of the larger PROJECT Governance initiative. ProGov Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in PROJECT Governance activities and contribute to creating a stronger Blue Pacific, both during and after their professional studies at the University of Hawai’i.

PROJECT Governance is a partnership of the East-West Center, The Pacific Community, CARE, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, and USAID – funded by the American People.

Eligible Fields of Study

  1. Master of Science in Accounting
  2. Master of Science in Finance
  3. Master of Science in Information Systems
  4. Master of Laws

Each of these fields requires one year of in-person study at the University of Hawai‘i campus in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Programs begin in August. Prerequisites and admissions criteria can be found on the linked program websites.

Eligibility

ProGov Fellows must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Be between ages 23-35 years old.
  2. Be a citizen of one of the following Pacific Island countries: Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, or Vanuatu.
  3. Meet academic prerequisites for admission to the University of Hawai‘i (undergraduate degree from an accredited university in business, law, or related field).
  4. Be working in a profession relevant to the PROJECT Governance goals (sound governance, just governance, responsive governance).
  5. Be able to travel to and reside in Hawai‘i for the duration of their study from August to May.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023.  To learn more and apply, visit https://www.eastwestcenter.org/education/project-governance-graduate-fellowship.

Hello English Language Educators! 

 

Are you interested in expanding your knowledge and skills as a teacher? Interested in taking an online course developed by a U.S. university?

Apply to be part of the Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program through the U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Office today!

Applications are open through 10-24 October for 8-week courses that begin in winter 2023.   If this is your, please fill out the APPLICATION and send it through to us before the deadline of October 24, 2022.

Options for course topics include;

  • Developing and Teaching Academic Writing Courses
  • Creating and Implementing Online Courses (CIOC)
  • Fostering Student Motivation and Engagement (FSME), TESOL Methodology
  • Professional Development for Teacher Trainers, and Integrating Critical Thinking into the Classroom.

For more information on the courses, please check out the COURSE DESCRIPTIONS.

Certificates and digital badges are issued by the U.S. Department of State for all those who pass the course.

Email PDSuva@state.gov with your completed application form.

Tech Girls:

TechGirls is an international summer exchange program designed to empower and inspire young women from around the world to pursue careers in science and technology.  In 2023, the program will support 111 young women from 35 participating countries/territories and 15 U.S. peers in a dynamic four week U.S.- based experience with a 7-month mentoring program (including pre- and post-exchange).

The core of theTechGirls program is a 25-day experience in the United States in partnership with Virginia Tech University. Participants will engage in an interactive technology and computer camp, then travel to one of the following cities (Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, or Seattle) for community and career exploration. The TechGirls programming yields a multiplier effect as participants return home to conduct community based projects with 7 months of mentorship.

2023 Eligibility Requirements

Students eligible to apply are those who:

  • Are citizens of one of the eligible countries/territories and living in that country/territory at time of exchange:
      • Sub-Saharan Africa (AF) – Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Africa
      • East Asia and Pacific (EAP) – Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Mongolia, Taiwan, and Vietnam
      • Middle East and North Africa (NEA) – Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia
      • South and Central Asia (SCA) – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan
      • Western Hemisphere (WHA) – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Suriname
      • Europe and Eurasia (EUR) – Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Turkey
      • United States of America
  • Are between the ages of 15 and 17 at the start of the exchange July 8th, 2023 (Born on or between July 9, 2005 and July 8, 2008);
  • Have demonstrated advanced skills and a serious interest in science, technology, engineering, and/or math in their academic studies;
  • Intend to pursue higher education and/or careers in STEM, especially technology;
  • Have strong English language skills (advanced intermediate English skills);
  • Exhibit maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness;
  • Will attend at least one additional semester of secondary school upon their return to their home country;
  • Are committed to completing a community-based project upon their return home; and
  • Meet U.S. J-1 visa eligibility requirements (for instance, U.S. citizens are not eligible for J-1 visa).
  • Eligible candidates must be citizens and current residents of participating countries. Third country nationals permanently living in an eligible country should contact us to determine eligibility prior to applying.
  • Preference will be given to those who have limited or no prior experience in the United States. You are not eligible if you have travelled to the United States in the last three years as part of any other ECA exchange program.

Please note that family members of U.S. Embassy or Consulate staff. U.S. Department of State employees, family members of the administering organization or partner organizations are not eligible to apply.

TechGirls encourages people with diverse backgrounds and skills to apply, including individuals with disabilities.

Selection Timeline

The application will close on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 12:00 PM. Applicants will be notified of their status in March.  Learn more and apply at:  https://techgirlsglobal.org/

Community Solutions:

The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a year-long professional leadership development program for people who are working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, peace and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender. Community leaders will be selected to participate in the program that includes:

  • Four-month fellowship in the United States: Community Solutions fellows are matched with host organizations throughout the U.S. where they complete a four-month, hands-on professional experience
  • Community Leadership Institute: Community Solutions fellows participate in the Community Leadership Institute, a leadership training program designed to strengthen their leadership and management skills. The Institute includes face-to-face trainings, online courses, professional coaching, and networking
  • Community-based initiatives: While in the U.S. and with the support of their U.S. host organization, Community Solutions fellows design and plan a community development initiative or project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the U.S., they put these projects into action in their home communities.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Community Solutions Program, applicants must meet the requirements listed below. Applications that do not meet these eligibility requirements will be disqualified and will not be reviewed by the selection committee.

  • You are between the ages of 25 and 38 as of January 1, 2023
  • You are a citizen of one of the eligible countries listed below
  • You are living and working in your home country
  • Individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration
  • You have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer
  • You are not currently participating in an academic, training, or research program in the U.S.
  • You have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English at the time of application
  • Semifinalists will be required to take or submit recent scores for a TOEFL or IELTS English language test
  • You are available to travel to the U.S. for four months from August to December 2023
  • You are not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and have not applied for U.S. permanent residency within the past three years
  • You are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa
  • Applicants who have participated in an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government must have fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement
  • You are committed to returning to your home country for a minimum of two years after completing the program and
  • You are not a current IREX employee or consultant, or their immediate family member

Eligible Countries by Region

East Asia and the Pacific: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, and Vietnam

Application Instructions

The deadline to apply is November 2, 2022 at midnight.  Detailed application instructions are available at https://www.irex.org/program/community-solutions-program-application-information.

East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship

 

The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship provides master’s and doctoral funding for graduate students from Asia, the Pacific, and the United States to participate in educational, cultural, residential community building, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). Undertaking degree studies at UHM through an East-West Center fellowship is not merely about receiving a financial aid scholarship. Since the basic purpose of the East-West Center is to build a sense of Asia-Pacific community and prepare for future leadership roles, EWC graduate student fellows live together and interact with each other in both intellectual and social activities. They are, from the very outset, an identifiable group committed to the notion of building an Asia-Pacific community. Through team-building activities, leadership development projects and internships, learning about the Asia Pacific region, cultural exchange, educational enrichment gatherings, community service and service learning projects, EWC graduate degree fellows establish friendships and lifelong ties to a network of people committed to positive change in the Asia Pacific region.

The graduate degree fellowship covers the cost of general tuition and fees for UHM graduate programs, books, housing in an East-West Center dormitory, and partial funding toward meals, health insurance, and incidental expenses. Funding for field study and conference presentations is offered on a competitive basis during the fellow’s period of study.

Individuals who are citizens or permanent residents of the countries listed below may apply for the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship:

  • United States
  • Pacific Region:  American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna Islands
  • Southeast Asia:  Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
  • South Asia:  Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • East Asia:  China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Russia, Taiwan

Priority in the student selection process is given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to the Asia Pacific region.

Deadline to apply is December 1, 2022.  To learn more and apply, visit https://www.eastwestcenter.org/education/ewc-graduate-degree-fellowship.

Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program

 

The Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) provides support for Master’s degree study in ADB-JSP approved fields of study at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), and for participation in the educational, residential, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center (EWC).

The ADB–JSP scholarship was established in April 1988 with financing from the Government of Japan to strengthen human resource capacity in Asian Development Bank developing member countries. It aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to undertake graduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region. After completing their studies, scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and share their new knowledge and skills to promote socioeconomic development.

ADB-JSP Basic Eligibility Requirements

The basic eligibility requirements for the ADB-JSP scholarship at the East-West Center are as follows. Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen and current resident of a developing member country of the Asian Development Bank and not more than 35 years old at the time of application.
  • Have a 4-year bachelor’s degree or the equivalent of a 4-year Bachelor’s degree, at the time of application. (An equivalent could be a 3-year Bachelor’s degree plus a 1-year Master’s degree, or a 2-year bachelor’s degree plus a 2-year Master’s degree. This is subject to review.)
  • Have at least 2 years of full-time professional work experience after a university degree at the time of application.
  • Take one of the English proficiency tests; the minimum acceptable scores are 550 for the paper-based TOEFL; 213 for the computer-based TOEFL; and 79-80 for the internet-based TOEFL iBT; or 6.5 for the IELTS. Results must be taken from a test within the past two years.

Applicants with the following experience are not eligible for the ADB-JSP Scholarship:

  • Applicants living or working in a country other than his/her home country are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants who have previously studied abroad (in a country outside of ADB-developing member countries), or who are seeking a second master’s degree are not eligible to apply.

The following are eligible Master’s degree programs that are funded by ADB-JSP at the East-West Center. Standardized examinations that are required of applicants are listed next to each program along with the requesting institution in parentheses.

  • Business Administration (Global MBA):  TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GMAT (UHM only)
  • Economics (MA):  TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Geography (MA):  TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Management (MS):  TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Ocean and Resources Engineering (MS):  TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Oceanography (MS):  TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Pacific Islands Studies (MA):  TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM)
  • Public Administration (MPA):  TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM)
  • Sociology (MA):  TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences (MS):  TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM); GRE (UHM only)
  • Urban and Regional Planning (MURP):  TOEFL or IELTS (EWC and UHM)

See the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa website for details on the Master’s degree programs listed above including each program’s application process.

Applying to a Master’s Degree Program at the University of Hawai‘i

 

In addition to submitting an ADB-JSP scholarship application to the East-West Center, a separate application (including all required supporting documents) must be submitted to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for admission into a Master’s degree program.

Information on applying for most eligible Master’s programs listed above can be found at the UHM Graduate Division website:  https://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/graduate-programs/. However, do not use this website for the field of Business. If you are seeking admission to a Master’s program in this area of study, use the Global MBA Business Program. Application forms for this field must be obtained from the respective program.

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2022.  To learn more and apply, visit https://www.eastwestcenter.org/education/asian-development-bank-japan-scholarship.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship

 

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.

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.

This program is not currently accepting applications and will resume in May 2023.  To access the application, visit: http://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The Fulbright Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for graduate study and/or research at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. In order to participate in the program, applicants must have completed undergraduate education and hold a degree equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree. Successful candidates receive up to two years of graduate-level studies at some of the finest higher learning institutions in the United States. Further information on the program can be found at the Fulbright Foreign Student Program website.

Applications for study in the following fields are open to those individuals interested in pursuing a Masters degree at a U.S.-based affiliated academic institutions in the following fields:

  • Communications/Journalism
  • Economic Development/Finance and Banking
  • Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  • Epidemiology and Infectious Disease Control
  • Human Rights
  • Natural Resources/Environmental/Climate Change Policy
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration
  • Trafficking in Persons, Policy and Prevention
  • International Relations
  • Ocean Policy
  • Security Cooperation
  • NGO Management

This program is not currently accepting applications, and will resume in March 2023.

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (also known as the Global UGRAD Program) provides one semester scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from around the world for non-degree full-time study combined with community service, professional development, and cultural enrichment.

Program Goals

To promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries.

  • Provide a fulfilling exchange experience to drive academic, cross-cultural, and leadership competencies for students from Global UGRAD countries.
  • Enhance students’ academic knowledge and professional skills needed to pursue long-term academic and career goals.
  • Cultivate students’ comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the U.S.
  • Facilitate opportunities for students to establish social networks with U.S. host institutions and local communities.
  • Empower students to engage constructively in the civic life of their local and global communities.

Eligibility

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program provides non-degree undergraduate study abroad in the United States on a competitive basis to university students.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is open to anyone who is/has:

  • over 18 years of age;
  • a citizen of a UGRAD participating country, currently residing in that country;
  • enrolled as an undergraduate in good standing at any accredited university, public or private, and has at least one semester remaining at their home university at the conclusion of the UGRAD program;
  • completed secondary education in their home country;
  • a solid command of written and spoken English (English Language training for some finalists is possible);
  • able to begin studies in the United States in August 2021 or January 2022 (selected participants may not defer to a later date);
  • eligible to receive and maintain the US student exchange visa (J-1) required for the program;
  • cleared by a physician to participate in the program;
  • committed to returning to their home country after the completion of the program.

The deadline for this program is December 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.  To learn more and apply, visit https://www.worldlearning.org/program/global-undergraduate-exchange-program/

Young Pacific Leaders

The Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) program is the U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in the Pacific. Through a variety of programs and engagements including U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges, and seed funding, YPL seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region and strengthen ties between the United States and the Pacific. YPL focuses on critical topics identified by youth in the region: education, environment and resource management, civic leadership, economic and social development.

The YPL community consists of young leaders 20-35 years old from Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Hawaii. Join the Young Pacific Leaders Network today!

Calling Young Pacific Leaders with a Vision

 

Young people in the Pacific are working to make tomorrow a brighter day, and the United States is here to help. We want to hear from you! What resources do young leaders need to tackle environmental issues, educate your generation, increase prosperity, and work for the good of your community?

Share your ideas. Sign up today to be part of the Young Pacific Leaders community. Join thousands of your peers on the YPL Facebook page  and Instagram .

YPL offers opportunities throughout the year.  To learn more, visit https://nz.usembassy.gov/young-pacific-leaders/.

 

IREX is also happy to share that the Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program launched on October 26, 2022 and is now accepting applications.

The program shares a goal of developing ethical, values-based civil society leaders committed to collaboratively solving challenges in their local communities, and the programs work in concert to support professionals along a continuum of experience levels.

CEE supports emerging activists and advocates age 21-28 who are in the early stages of their community development work.

Please see the attached flyer for more information. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2022.

The Professional Fellows Program Oceania (PFP Oceania) is a two-way, global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from the Pacific Islands and the United States (U.S.). The program theme focuses on economic empowerment, exploring how systems can support innovation and sustainable economic development and helping participants build their capacities in growing regional entrepreneurship, business leadership, and workforce development.  PFP Fellows from the Pacific are placed in intensive fellowships in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices across the U.S. for an individually tailored professional development experience.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible for the Professional Fellows Program Oceania (PFP Oceania):
Applicants must be a citizen and current resident of one of the eligible countries: Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu. *If your country of citizenship and current country of residency is NOT listed, you are not eligible to apply.
Applicants must be between 25-40 years old at time of their exchange.
Applicants must be fluent in English. The Professional Fellows Program will be held entirely in English.
Must be currently employed with a minimum of 2 years work experience.
Applicants demonstrate their interest in developing an individual project to be implemented within their home workplace or community.
Applicants must be able to receive a J-1 Government Visitor Visa.

Applicants must be willing to participate in the program in full, including travel to the United States (U.S.) for a 6-week exchange as well as a commitment to implement follow-on activities upon returning home. All program travel and accommodations will be covered by Cultural Vistas.

The deadline to apply is March 19, 2023.  To learn more and apply,