Founded in 2013, the Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) with Taiwan recently welcomed its sixth cohort, “Generation Six”. Building on a vibrant alumni community of 122 participants from 15 countries spanning the Pacific region, PILP will continue to grow and develop.
Hosted by the East-West Center, PILP is generously funded by a grant from the Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (IDIA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Republic of China (Taiwan).
PILP is a center of excellence for leadership development in the Pacific region. The program links regional analysis of emerging issues in Oceania with experiential leadership learning and a commitment to practical action. The goal of PILP is to build a network of leaders dedicated to shaping the future prosperity of the Pacific region by taking informed, effective action.
- PILP is designed for early-to mid-career professionals, from all walks of life, aged approximately 25-38.
- Applicants have a demonstrated leadership track record (or high potential) in the workplace, community or elsewhere. PILP believes the heart of leadership is service, so a commitment to taking action and helping others is essential. PILP also recognizes that applicants lead out of who they are, therefore applicants must be willing to look inwards and strive towards self-development. International experience and aptitude are desirable as PILP approach the Pacific region holistically – one ocean, one people. In their view, diversity is a strength and contemporary challenges require collective solutions. Like all successful leaders, PILP applicants actively seek out new learning opportunities and experiences.
- Citizens of 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
PILP will help applicants:
- Develop advanced regional knowledge and pan-Pacific perspectives by analyzing shared challenges and generating collaborative solutions
- Enhance applicants individual leadership capacity and understanding of leadership
- Clarify career and life goals and develop a personal action plan for the future
- Deepen emotional intelligence and ability to thrive in a volitile, uncertain world
- Connect the Pacific to Asia by experiencing the best of Taiwan
- Join a dynamic leadership network and community of action spanning the Pacific region
PILP Fellowship Provisions
The PILP Fellowship covers: tuition, residence hall room costs, health insurance, course materials, living stipend, airfare to Honolulu, airfare from Honolulu to Taipei, airfare from Taipei to home country, as well as visa SEVIS fees (if required).
Applications for 2019 are open and must be submitted before February 1, 2019. Late applications are not accepted.