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.
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.
Community Solutions Program [Deadline: October 30, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time]
The Community Solutions Program, a fully funded four-month professional development fellowship, provides a unique opportunity to improve leadership and management skills through online coursework, face-to-face training, and hands-on experience. Community Solutions offers passionate leaders the chance to join a global network of local leaders working to improve their communities.
To apply, visit: www.irex.org/csp
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Funding Opportunity [Deadline: January 7, 2020]
Do you work on community-based marine or coral reef management? Check out a funding opportunity from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=318940
From now until January 7, 2020, NOAA is accepting proposals for projects working on coral reef conservation and marine management.
Non-State Department Fellowship Open to Young Asian Scholars [Deadline: October 31, 2019]
The Pacific Forum is now taking applications for the Lloyd and Lilian Vasey Fellowship which provides young Asian scholars the opportunity to study the economics and politics of the Indo-Pacific region and the US-Asia relationship as a junior researcher and participant in Pacific Forum events and Young Leader activities. Fellows work in the Pacific Forum office in Honolulu for a period of three to 12 months and receive a modest stipend to cover living and traveling expenses while in Hawaii. Founded in 1975, the Pacific Forum is a non-profit, foreign policy research institute based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Forum’s programs encompass current and emerging political, security, economic and business issues and works to help stimulate cooperative policies in the Asia Pacific region through analysis and dialogue undertaken with the region’s leaders in the academic, government, and corporate areas. The application deadline is October 31, 2019, and the start date of the fellowship is January/February 2020. https://www.pacforum.org/programs/pacific-forum/programs/fellowships/vasey-fellowship
East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship [Deadline: December 1, 2019]
The East-West Center is pleased to invite applications for the EWC Graduate Degree Fellowship, for study beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year. Applications are due December 1.
U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Program [Deadline: February 1, 2020]
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.
Click here to apply: https://www.eastwestcenter.org/education/us-south-pacific-scholarship