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.
Space Camp Competition [Deadline: March 31, 2021]
Suit up for a mission to the International Space Station or train for a landing on the moon in mid 2021!
Space Camp is an amazing educational experience that highlights the real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. You can work as a team and confront mission scenarios that require dynamic problem solving and critical thinking — skills required in the 21st century workplace.
For more info and to apply for Space Camp
Youth Leadership Program: Fiji, Tonga & Tuvalu [Deadline: March 11, 2021]
High School Students and STEAM Educations in Fiji, Tonga and Tuvalu are invited to apply for the Youth Leadership Program!
- Are you interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM)?
- Would you like to design solutions to environmental issues?
- Have you dreamed of being an environmental engineer, community planner and influencer able to build a more sustainable future in your country?
If you answered yes to these questions and are a national of Fiji, Tonga or Tuvalu, then apply for the Youth Leadership Program.
J. William Fulbright Foreign Student Program [Deadline: April 30, 2021]
The United States Embassy in Suva is pleased to invite applications from resident nationals of Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu for the J. William Fulbright Foreign Student Program Scholarships for academic year 2022-2023.
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:
- Economic Development/Finance and Banking
- Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
- Epidemiology and Infectious Disease Control
- Human Rights
- Natural Resources/Environmental/Climate Change Policy
- Public Health Policy and Management
- Public Policy
- Public Administration
- Trafficking in Persons, Policy and Prevention
- International Relations
- Ocean Policy
- Security Cooperation
- NGO Management
To request an application form and all other queries please send your correspondence marked “Fulbright Foreign Student Program Query” to:
1. Email: PDSuva@state.gov; OR
2. For telephone queries: 00 679 3314466 Ext. 8260
Global Undergraduate Exchange Program [Extended Deadline: 15 March, 2021]
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is a fully funded academic and cultural exchange program designed to increase participants’ knowledge and global connectivity. Global UGRAD participants come from 60+ countries and study for a semester at universities across the United States. After the program, participants are higher-achieving students, stronger leaders, and more actively engaged in their communities.
What Students Gain from Global UGRAD
Leadership Skills | Intercultural Understanding | Networking Opportunities
Professional Development | Exchange Experience | New Friendships | Community Service
Since 2008, World Learning has facilitated the placement of more than 2,500 Global UGRAD students at colleges and universities across the United States. Students participate in one semester of non-degree study and leave the U.S. with the tools to become leaders in their professions and home communities. They also receive access to grants and professional development resources available only to alumni of U.S. Department of State exchange programs. Undergraduate students from all fields of study are encouraged to apply. The program is open to all, regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.
Application deadline extended: March 15, 2021
For more info and to apply, check out GLOBAL UGRAD!
Study of US Institutes (SUSIs) for Scholars [Deadline: March 19, 2021]
Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.
Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) will be conducted by various colleges, universities, and academic institutions throughout the United States beginning in or after June 2021.Each Institute will include a virtual academic residency and an integrated in-person experience approximately two weeks in length at a U.S. host institution. During the academic residency, participants will engage remotely from their home countries in Institute activities.
If conditions allow, participants will travel to the U.S. in fall 2021 or winter 2022 to participate in educational and cultural activities inside and outside of the classroom, lectures, and site visits to local communities. The in-person component in the U.S. will be organized taking into consideration all necessary safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, local and campus authorities.
Prospective applicants can find general information about SUSI on the website, study-us-institutes-scholars
Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars comprise the following themes in U.S. Studies:
- American Culture and Values;
- Journalism and Media;
- Religious Pluralism in the United States;
- U.S. Economics and Business;
- U.S. Foreign Policy; &
- Workforce Development
For more information and to apply, please email PDSuva@state.gov
Study of US Institutes (SUSIs) for Secondary Educators [Deadline: March 19, 2021]
The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary school educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.
The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad. Each Institute will have approximately 20 participants and will be conducted by various colleges, universities, and academic institutions throughout the United States beginning in or after June 2021. Each Institute will include a virtual academic residency and an integrated in-person experience of approximately two weeks at the U.S. host institution.
During the academic residency, participants will engage in Institute activities remotely from their home countries. If conditions allow, participants will travel to the U.S. to participate in educational and cultural activities inside and outside of the classroom, such as lectures and site visits to local communities. The in-person component in the U.S. will be organized taking into consideration all necessary safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, local and campus authorities.
Prospective applicants can find general information about SUSI on the website, study-us-institutes-secondary-educators
For more information and to apply, please email PDSuva@state.gov