The Asia Pacific Leadership Program will be switching to an online application system for the 2018-2019 competition year.  Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 APLP.

In the application, there are fields inwhich the following pieces need to be uploaded or input directly in order to complete your application.

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Essay (questions on the application)
  • 2 Email addresses of referees for Letters of Reference

Official Transcripts and an official degree certificate for the highest degree you have obtained are required in order to complete your application to the APLP.  These documents must be sealed and remain sealed in an envelope by the institution you attended and mailed to the EWC Leadership Program Office.  Documents mailed or hand-carried by the applicant or a third party will not be accepted as official or used for admissions consideration unless they are contained in an envelope that has been sealed by the university.

Leadership Program (APLP)
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848-1601

There is also a optional section to apply for Supplementary Scholarships.  If you would like to apply for supplementary scholarships, please complete all fields.


  • December 15, 2017 - Early Admission Deadline
  • March 1, 2018 - Final Deadline

Timing is critical for supplementary scholarships.  The earlier an application is completed, the more scholarships are available.




  • Bachelor's degree - applicants must have at least a 3-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited U.S. College or University or from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. Equivalency is determined by the University of Hawai'i.
  • At least 5 years of work experience
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting peace and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region, and a deep interest in experiential leadership development training.




  • Professional work experience and achievement
  • 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
  • Asia Pacific engagement: evidence of knowledge of the region, as well as a demonstrated 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.

For additional information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).