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:

Select preferred academy to begin specific application processes.

Are you passionate about improving your local community and looking for an opportunity to expand your professional network and improve your technical and leadership skills? Apply now for the 2021 Community Solutions Program! The Community Solutions Program is a four-month practicum and leadership development experience in the United States. Participants receive professional experience and mentorship, individualized leadership coaching, numerous networking opportunities with U.S. and international experts, and full funding for travel, housing, and food. If you are between the ages of 25 and 38 and have at least two years of experience working on environmental issues, peace and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability issues, or women and gender issues, apply today:! The application closes on October 28.

The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)

2021 Grants Program Funding Opportunity

Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji

Call for Proposals – 2021
Deadline for proposals is November 23, 2020

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a call for concept notes for the FY 2021 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Grant program. The Fund was established in 2000 to help less developed countries preserve their cultural heritage. The Funds demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures, strengthen civil society, encourage good governance, and promote political and economic stability around the world.

Selection will be done in two rounds.  The first is a concept note stage due at the end of November 2021.  If the concept note is selected a full, complete application is due in March 2021


Proposals may include preservation projects directed at:

1) A CULTURAL SITE OR SITES.  This might include (but is not limited to):

  • Preservation of an archaeological or historical site, sacred place, or monument
  • An archaeological survey as a component of a preservation plan
  • Preservation management planning for a site or sites in a region
  • Documentation of a site or sites in a region for preservation purposes

2) AN OBJECT OR COLLECTION OF OBJECTS from a site, a museum or similar institution. This might include (but is not limited to):

  • Conservation of an object or collection of objects
  • Inventory of a collection of objects for conservation purposes
  • Creating suitable space and conditions for a collection of objects
  • Specialized training in the care and preservation of collections

3) FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSION. This might include (but is not limited to):

  • Recording traditional music or dance forms
  • Compiling a dictionary of an endangered language
  • Recording oral history or traditional poetry
  • Support for training in the preservation of traditional arts or crafts that are threatened by extinction.


Length of Performance Period: 12 to 60 months
Award Amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $500,000
Anticipated Project Start Date: Varies by project


  • This program is to support ONLY the preservation of cultural heritage. Conservation of natural heritage DOES NOT qualify for funding.
  • Digitization projects must consider the fact that digital storage media (CDs, DVDs, videotapes, audiotapes, and diskettes) are not sufficiently stable to be used as permanent archival storage, and not rely exclusively on digital records. Analog or paper backup records must be maintained.
  • Funds cannot be used to support conservation or the purchase of privately owned, residential or commercial property or collections.
  • Funds cannot pay for international airfare for foreign specialists.
  • The proposals must be directed at specific projects that exclusively support preservation of sites, or forms of traditional expression, conservation of objects or preventive conservation or preservation strategies. Line items for administrative staff, miscellaneous, or contingency will not be supported.
  • Funds cannot be applied to construction of new buildings or to reconstruction of a type of historical building, only restoration of existing buildings can be supported.
  • The fund cannot be applied to relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another, or removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason.
  • The fund cannot be applied to historical research, except in cases where the research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project, or archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes.
  • An item with a religious connection (including a place of worship) may be the subject of a cultural preservation grant if the item derives its primary significance on the basis of architectural, artistic, historical or other cultural (not religious) criteria.


To submit a concept note please send the following information to by November 23.

  1. Project title:
  2. Projected project cost:
  3. Country of project:
  4. Nearest city or town:
  5. Site name:
  6. Implementer organization name:
  7. Registered in SAMS?
  8. Implementer type (Foreign educational organization, Foreign government, foreign NGO, Public International organization, U.S. educational organization, U.S. non-profit):
  9. Implementer POC name:
  10. Email address:
  11. Telephone:
  12. Organization website (if applicable):
  13. Summarize the project objectives, proposed activities, and desired results.(1,500 characters)
  14. Why is it in the interests of the U.S. government to fund this project? (1,000 characters)
  15. What are the projected public diplomacy benefits and impacts of this project? (1,000 characters)
  16. Does the project contribute to broader host country or community aims or objectives? If yes, how? (1,000 characters)
  17. Include five (5) high quality digital images (JPEGs) or audiovisual files that convey the nature and condition of the site, collection, or tradition and show the urgency or need for the proposed project.

For more information please contact

Mr. Saula Fiji
Resource Coordinator| Public Diplomacy Office
U.S. Embassy Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu
( (679) 331 – 4466 (Fiji) | ( (679) 772 – 1792 | email:
158 Princess Road | PO Box 218, Suva

Ms. Rebecca Archer- Knepper
Public Diplomacy Officer
U.S. Embassy Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu
( (679) 331 – 4466 (Fiji) email:
158 Princess Road | PO Box 218, Suva

The U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP): USSP 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 relevant to the development needs of Pacific island countries. 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 of the U.S. Department of State. For more information about the program and how to apply please visit: ( The application deadline is February 1, 2021.

Graduate Degree Fellowship (GDF) – Flagship EWC scholarship for students from Asia, the Pacific and the United States with a focus on leading positive change in the Asia Pacific region. Covers two years of tuition, fees, housing (at EWC), insurance, book allowance and a modest stipend toward Master’s or PhD study in any field at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. 14-20 GDF scholarships are awarded each year, half for Americans and half for students from Asia and the Pacific. Candidates are also eligible for additional funding through our Foundation. For more details visit: Deadline: December 1. GDF flier

Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) – Full financial support (incl. RT airfare) for students to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in specific fields with a focus on development. Open to students from ADB member countries in Asia Pacific with at least two years of work experience. Currently three scholarships available. For more details visit: Deadline: December 1. ADB-JSP flier

The Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan (PILP) seeks outstanding individuals from all walks of life (government, business, NGOs, health, media, education, etc.) to participate in an innovative leadership development program in Honolulu, Hawaii and Taiwan.

Over the course of ten weeks, PILP fellows will spend the first four weeks engaged in experiential leadership activities at the East-West Center, followed by five weeks of field immersion in Taipei hosted by the Republic of China (Taiwan) Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (IDIA), culminating in a capstone leadership retreat and closing ceremonies. The curriculum includes future scenario planning, adaptive leadership skills, personal action planning, social entrepreneurship and risk analysis, climate change and environmental stewardship, international relations and Pacific regionalism, public health solutions and many other critical issues of common concern. Citizens from the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu are eligible to apply for these competitive and merit-based fellowship awards.

In PILP, Fellows will:

  • Explore leadership frameworks and apply practical tools and techniques
  • Analyze personal leadership strengths and weaknesses and develop a leadership action plan
  • Forecast the implications of regional and global trends
  • Connect with a diverse network of global specialists and research
  • Forge deeper intercultural communication skills and join a lifelong learning community at the East-West Center
  • Experience the best of Taiwan and learn new ideas and solutions tailored to Pacific challenges
  • Develop enhanced abilities to navigate regional and personal change


  • Airfare to/from program
  • Tuition and course materials
  • Residence hall room cost
  • Health Insurance
  • Living stipend
  • US visa SEVIS fee (if required)

Visit the program website for application materials and more information:

We are delighted to announce that ECA’s new Community Engagement and Exchange (CEE) Program will accept application for young changemakers from November 16- December 23, 2020.

CEE is a bold new civil society program sponsored by ECA and supported in its implementation by IREX that connects a dynamic global network of innovators working with communities to address critical 21st Century issues.

CEE equips dedicated visionaries with the expertise, skills, and resources to develop multisector approaches and build healthy and engaged communities in over 100 countries.

Applications now Open for the Community Engagement and Exchange Program (CEE)

Application Instructions