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The East-West Center is inviting young leaders from the Pacific Islands region to apply for the 3-month in-residence 2018 Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) with Taiwan, which will take place at the East-West Center in Honolulu and the Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs in Taipei, Taiwan, from 20 August 2018 to 23 October 2018. PILP aims to build a network of leaders dedicated to shaping the future prosperity of the Pacific region by taking informed, effective action. The 2018 program is as follows:
- Phase 1 – East-West Center’s campus in Honolulu: 20 August 14 September 2018
- Phase 2 – Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs in Taipei: 15 September to 19 October 2018
- Phase 3 – Leadership Retreat in Taiwan (Jiaoxi, Yilan County, Taiwan): 20 to 23 October 2018
Fellows depart from Taiwan on 25 October 2018.
Phase 1 of the program will focus on 3 areas: 1) Understanding key issues and trends that impact the Pacific Islands region; 2) Personal leadership development; and 3) Networking and professional development. Phase 2 will focus on how Taiwan interacts with the region, the attributes the country has to offer, and further development of professional networks. At the capstone Leadership Retreat, fellows will focus on personal leadership reflection, the process of “re-entry” back home, evaluation of the G6 program and cohort outcomes, as well as co-creation of next year’s program for G7.
The fellowship covers tuition and course materials, residence hall room costs, health insurance, a living stipend of about US$980 per month for PILP in Hawaii, round-trip airfare between home country and Honolulu, roundtrip airfare between Honolulu and Taipei and visa SEVIS fees (if required). The stipend in Taiwan for 6 weeks is approximately US$680 in total, as living expenses are cheaper in Taiwan.
Applicants should be early to mid-career professionals of between the ages of 25 and 38 who have a deep interest in leadership training and promoting peace and prosperity in the Pacific Islands region, who are 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 or Vanuatu. U.S. citizens are not eligible. Those with dual citizenship in both the US and a Pacific Island country can apply if the country of residency is an eligible country.
Applicants can be from all walks of life – government, business, environment, NGOs, health, media, agriculture, education and others. They should have at least 3 years of significant work experience, and are committed to a career in the Pacific Islands region. They usually should be in possession of a Bachelors degree. Exceptions may be considered on the basis of other relevant experience and qualifications. Applicants should be fluent in English. They are encouraged to provide an English language test score (such as the IELTS), if one is available.
The PILP is looking for individuals with:
- Leadership track record in professional, public, and/or personal realms
- International experience and aptitude, including overseas residence, language skills, intercultural and diversity exposure
- Volunteer and community service experience
- Pacific Island region engagement, namely, evidence of interest in and knowledge of the region, as well as commitment to its future prosperity. This might include employment in the region, classes taken at University, languages spoken, memberships and fellowships, specific projects, field studies, and areas of research interest
- Experience of cohort learning, working collaboratively in small teams or in large groups leadership track record in professional, public and/or personal realms; volunteer and community service experience.
Applications are to be done online or sent via email by 18 February 2018.