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: http://www.edusaacademy.org/find-an-academy/

Select preferred academy to begin specific application processes.

The United States Embassy in Suva invites applications for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for academic year 2021-2022 from resident nationals of Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu. 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.

The Fellowship provides for international travel, travel within the U.S. as required, tuition and fees, books, a monthly maintenance stipend, and limited funds for professional development activities such as attendance at conferences, field trips and professional affiliations.

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: 

  • Sustainable Development
    a. Agricultural and Rural Development
    b. Economic Development/Finance and Banking
    c. Natural Resources, Environmental and Climate Policy
    d. Urban and Regional Planning
  • Democratic Institution Building
    a. Communications and Journalism
    b. Law and Human Rights
    c. International Religious Freedom
    d. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
    e. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
    f. Technology Policy and Management
    g. Human Resource Management
  • Education
    a. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
    b. Higher Education Administration
    c. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
  • Public Health
    a. Public Health Policy and Management
    b. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
    c. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment (see note below)
    d. Contagious and Infectious Diseases

Basic Eligibility Criteria:

  • an undergraduate (first university) degree;
  • a minimum of six years of substantial professional experience;
  • limited or no prior experience in the United States;
  • demonstrated leadership qualities;
  • a record of public service in the community; and
  • strong written and spoken English skills.

To access the application, visit: http://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

The deadline for receipt of nominations is October 1, 2020.

The U.S. Presidential Election Reporting Seminar is a 12-day professional study and reporting tour designed for working print, broadcast and online journalists. This special seminar enables participating journalists to report before, during and after the U.S. presidential election from key states in the American electoral system. Coordinated meetings and visits will provide journalists with an extensive knowledge and understanding of the U.S. election process, policy issues, and American voter attitudes, thereby enhancing a journalist’s coverage of the U.S. presidential elections to audiences back home. The program maximizes East-West Center’s experience in designing media programs and unique access to important organizations and constituencies.

For more info, http://ow.ly/FGdJ50A4wRo

Apply Today to join the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

The AWE is an educational opportunity for women entrepreneurs that uses a facilitated online course called DreamBuiilder at its core.  AWE is designed for energetic women with an entrepreneurial mindset.  Participants need not be in business yet or have a developed business plan. All they need is the desire to improve themselves, to have innovative ideas for a future business, and willingness to commit 2 days of the month for 7 months. You can be part of our program!

Women who own business in the informal sector, or who have had informal/formal experience running a business are encouraged to send us their Expression of Interest (EOI).

The EOI should be no more than 400 words. It is an opportunity for you to tell your story and explain why we should select you to participate in the AWE Program. EOI that have the below criteria will be taken into consideration:

  • Demonstrate capacity to engage in business
  • Willingness to commit to the 7-month Program
  • Basic Computer skills
  • Be a member of an association or Soqosoqo Vaka Marama in your Community

Please send your EOI to webc@fcef.com.fj.

For enquiries:  Please call Ms. Fiona Dansey at 9984879

CLOSING DATE: WEDNESDAY, 15th July 2020.                                             

Program Coordinators and Sponsors:

  • The Women Entrepreneurs Business Council (WEBC) is the 7th Council under the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation umbrella. The Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation (FCEF) is Fiji’s largest private sector organisation and it represents the interests of the employers and the private sector at large.
  • Makoi Women’s Vocational Centre, provides free training to underprivileged women in the following topics: Cooking and Pastry, Sewing and Hydroponic
  • The United States of America, under the Department of State’s Academy of Women Entrepreneurs program