East-West Center Asia Pacific Leadership Program 586 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The East-West Center (EWC) invites professionals with strong leadership potential from countries in the Asia Pacific region, to apply for the 9-month 2019 Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP), which aims to equip participants with knowledge of the key trends which will affect the region in the future, the types of leadership these trends require, and how the participants will fit into that future as individuals and community leaders. The August 2019 to May 2020 program is divided into 3 modules:

  • Module 1 (August) – Asia: all participants will meet in Asia for the launch of the program and to network with Leadership Program alumni.
  • Module Two (late-August to mid-October) – Online: participants will engage virtually from their home locations.  Full-time employment may continue during this period.
  • Module Three (mid-October to mid-December) – Hawaii and U.S. Mainland: all participants will live on the East-West Center campus in Honolulu, Hawaii and engage full-time with the cohort, staff, and our network of community partners.  The cohort will spend about 2 weeks of this period in the U.S. Mainland exploring the American context and its links to the Asia Pacific.  The program will end in Honolulu, Hawaii in December.


75% of APLP Fellows receive partial scholarships to defray the costs of participating in the program, which is estimated at US$13,000.

The following scholarships are available to supplement funding for fellows, to help defray certain expenses not covered by the Fellowship:

  • Jhamandas Watumull Fellowships
  • Bhutan Fellowships
  • Eleanor and Hermann Haus Fellowships
  • Amanda and Natalie Ellis Women Leaders Scholarship Awards
  • Hawaii Pacific Rim Society Fellowships
  • French Pacific Fellowships
  • Jean E. Rolles Fellowships
  • Buddy & Melga Torre Gendrano Fellowships
  • Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute Fellowship
  • OmniTrak Loui Schmicker Scholar Awards
  • Nainoa Thompson Fellowships
  • Obuchi Fellowships
  • Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Scholarship Endowment Fund and
  • Pacific Island Fellowships

See the Official Website for benefits of these supplemental scholarships and the specific eligibility requirements for each.


Applicants must hold at least a 3-year Bachelors degree or its equivalent from an accredited U.S. College or University or from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad, with at least 5 years of work experience. In fact most in the past have had a Masters degree. They need to be committed to promoting peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, and willing to engage fully in experiential leadership development training. There are no citizenship, age, or ethnicity restrictions.

Applicants should possess a leadership track record in the professional, public, and/or personal realms and are deeply involved in a specific organization, business or community impact initiative. It is preferred they have international experience and aptitude, including overseas residence,  language skills, intercultural and diversity exposure. Those with experience of cohort learning and working collaboratively in small teams or in large groups are desired.


The early application deadline is 16 December 2018, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 1 March 2019. Applications are to be done online.

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