Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan (PILP)


Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan

The East-West Center is pleased to host the Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan (PILP), an initiative designed to provide opportunities to enhance the leadership capacities of individuals in the Pacific Islands region and build a network of young leaders who will contribute to lasting people-to-people relationships across the Pacific, Asia, and United States. 

Program Goals

Now in its fifth year, the objective of the PILP Fellowship is to empower up to 125 young leaders from across the Pacific Islands region to exercise leadership and promote cooperation in a variety of cultural, geographical and institutional environments.

This program seeks to attract candidates possessing outstanding intellectual promise, high leadership potential, and commitment to serve the development needs of their countries.  It is intended to strengthen participants’ knowledge and understanding of key economic, social, political, health, educational and environmental issues affecting the region, and enable them to cultivate the leadership skills, approaches and networks to make meaningful contributions to the region throughout their careers.

Type of Study 

Participants will spend approximately two months engaging in experiential learning exercises at the East-West Center’s campus in Hawai‘i, in addition to a month of field study in Taipei at the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs. The program curriculum includes such topics as applied leadership skills, future scenario planning, social entrepreneurship and risk analysis, climate change and environmental stewardship, international relations, and public health. 

Program Dates Taipei, Taiwan (view of Taipei 101, a landmark skyscraper in the city's government and financial district). Photo by Andy Enero.

The residential portion of the 2017 PILP Fellowship is scheduled to take place from August 14 to October 27, 2017. 

PILP Fellowship Provisions 

Tuition, residence hall room costs, health insurance, course materials, living stipend, round-trip airfare to Honolulu, roundtrip airfare from Honolulu to Taipei, as well as visa SEVIS fees (if required).

Application Information & Frequently-Asked Questions 

Applications must be submitted before February 1, 2017 for consideration.  Instructions and forms are available on the How To Apply page.

Click here to view answers to the most frequently-asked questions about the Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan.