Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP)


Founded in 2013, the Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) graduated its seventh cohort, "Generation Seven" in December 2019.  Building on a vibrant alumni network of 157 alumni from 15 countries spanning the Pacific region, PILP is developing a new generation of leaders and a community of action.

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).

Program Outcomes

PILP will help you:

  • Develop advanced regional knowledge and pan-Pacific perspectives by analyzing shared challenges and generating collaborative solutions
  • Enhance your individual leadership capacity and understanding of leadership
  • Clarify career and life goals and develop a personal action plan for the future
  • Deepen your emotional intelligence and ability to thrive in a volatile, 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

Program Dates for 2022, Generation Eight 

Taipei 101
Taipei, Taiwan (view of Taipei 101,
a landmark skyscraper in the cityʻs
government and financial district)
Photo by Andy Enero

Dates are subject to change:

Phase 1 - Honolulu: September 23 - October 21, 2022

Phase 2 - Taiwan: October 23 - November 24, 2022

Phase 3 - Leadership Retreat in Taiwan (TBD): November 25 - 30, 2022

Fellows depart from Taiwan: December 1, 2022

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).

Application Information

As of February 28, 2022, the application for the 2022 PILP is now closed. Applications for the 2023 PILP will re-open in September 2022. Follow the Leadership Program on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on application details.  Instructions and forms will be made available on the How To Apply page.

Program Details

For detailed information on the 3 phases of PILP, please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

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