Fully-funded East-West Center Rising Pacific Islands Leaders (RPIL) Fellowship for PICL Member Country in the USA 2023

Written by catherine.caoile on February 26, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United States
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Bachelor's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

    Private sponsor
  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

    Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Travel and visa costs, Insurance, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    [email protected]

East-West Center invites PICL member countries to apply for the Fully-funded East-West Center Rising Pacific Islands Leaders (RPIL) Fellowship for the academic year of 2023-2024.

In 2023, the East-West Center will have a six-week, US-supported Pacific leadership development program that will remember a residency for Hawai’i and a field drenching in Washington DC. This program will give people from a Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders (PICL)- part country/territory/Province of Hawai’i the opportunity to upgrade their leadership limits and construct a network with different leaders from across the Pacific and the US.

Members will take part in experiential learning practices in a cohort of 25 right-on-time to mid-career professionals from all sectors. RPIL draws in members having high leadership potential and a promise to serve their public and regional development objectives. The program reinforces members’ information and understanding of key regional social, economic, environmental, political, educational and health issues, and develops socially supporting leadership skills.

Fellowship Provider: East-West Center 

About the Provider 

The East-West Center advances better relations and understanding among individuals and countries in the US, Asia, and the Pacific through helpful review, research, and discourse.

Laid out by the US Congress in 1960, the Center fills in as an asset for information and examination on basic issues of normal concern, uniting individuals to trade sees, constructing skills, and fostering strategy choices. The Center is an autonomous, public, nonprofit organization with financing from the US government, and extra support is given by confidential offices, people, establishments, corporations, and state-run administrations in the district.

Over 60 years of filling in as a US-based establishment for public strategy in the Indo-Pacific district with global administration, staffing, students, and members, the Center has developed and built a worldwide network of 68,000 graduated classes and more than 1,100 accomplice organizations. The Center’s 21-section of land Honolulu grounds, neighboring the College of Hawai’i at Mānoa, is found midway between Asia and the US mainland and highlights research, private, and global conference offices. The Center’s Washington, DC, office centers around setting up the US for a period of developing Asia Pacific conspicuousness.

The Center was laid out in Hawaiʻi by Congress and the US Branch of Express that Hawaiʻi offered unique benefits for a public organization with an Asia Pacific center that couldn’t be copied elsewhere in the country. In mid-1959, as Hawaiʻi’s statehood was drawing closer, John A. Burns, Hawaiʻi’s Territorial Agent to Congress, and the then-Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson, both concurred that the East-West Center was a thought whose opportunity had arrived. Senator Johnson first openly recommended the idea of a global center during a discourse at the American Culture of Newspaper Editors in Washington, DC on April 16, 1959.

Since its establishment in 1960, the East-West Center has united individuals from across the US, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the past by setting out opportunities for shared learning, equivalent trade of thoughts, and a platform for resolving issues of normal concerns.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are the core values of the East-West Center and are addressed in the organization’s different areas of multidisciplinary programming, including helpful research, education grants for graduates students, workshops, leadership preparation phases, strategy discoursed, short-term fellowships, trades, and reporting visits.

Eligible Countries for the Fellowship 

The Pacific Islands Developments Program member countries are encouraged to apply for the fellowship. Countries included are:

  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Federal State of Micronesia
  • Hawai’i
  • Guam
  • Kiribati
  • Nauru
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • New Caledonia
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Niue
  • Republic of Palau
  • Samoa
  • Papua New guinea
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Tonga
  • Vanuatu

Fellowship Summary 

  • Academic Year: 2023-2024
  • Applicant’s Nationality: Selected Coutries
  • Degree Level: Bachelors Degree
  • Field: Any eligible fields offered by the fellowship
  • Number of awards: NA
  • Duration: NA
  • Fellowship Country: United States
  • Fellowship Awards: Fully-funded
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Offered Annually: Yes


Before proceeding with the application, interested students must meet the eligibility requirements of the fellowship. Failure to meet the eligibility will not be considered for the evaluation and awards.

  • The applicants must be a citizen or resident of the eligible country for the fellowship.
  • Candidates must be a bona fide resident of the eligible PICL member countries and resided at the country for a minimum of five years preceding acceptance in the awards.
  • Must be a bachelor degree, an exemption will be considered base on the applicants relevant qualifications and experience.
  • The fellowship program is for the applicants in the early or mid-career, and the age at the time of the application must be in 21-35 years old.
  • The candidates must have at least three years of professional career experience or local community related volunteers.

Application Process 

To apply for the fellowship, interested applicants must start their application in an online portal provided by the East-West Center. The application must be completed including the applicants personal and contact information.

As part of the application process, the applicants are required to submit a required materials to better support their fellowship application. Late and incomplete application will not be evaluated and will be automatically rejected. It is important to read the application thoroughly and complete all the necessary requirements for the application.

Fellowship Awards 

East-West Center will be providing the following awards to the successful fellows:

  • Roundtrip airfare travel expenses to the successful fellows home country and Honolulu, Hawai’i.
  • Roundtrip airfare expenses to home country and Honolulu, Hawai’i.
  • Airport transfer fees and ground transportation expenses in Hawaii and Washington, DC
  • Accommodation in the EWC Housing facilities in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Hotel accommodation in Washington, DC
  • Living Stipend during the fellowship program
  • Health Insurance
  • Course Materials and other related fees
  • Application fees

Successful fellows are required to agree to the terms and conditions applied to the fellowship program.

Application Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until March 17, 2023. The reference deadline will be until March 24, 2023.

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