How to Apply for PILP



Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2021 Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) Fellowship (Generation Eight).

If you submitted your online application by the 1 February 2021 deadline but still need your referees to submit their letter of reference in support of your application, please download the form.  Your referee may submit their completed and signed letter of reference along with a copy of their business card (if available) to  Applicants may not submit a letter of reference on behalf of their referee.


2021 PILP Letter of Reference [pdf]

2015 PILP participants in a group activity
  PILP Generation 3 Fellows


  • The East-West Center will provide J-1 visa sponsorship for those who require a visa to travel to the United States.
  • Information on applying for the Taiwan visa will be sent to you from the EWC PILP staff.


  • Citizens from 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, and Vanuatu are eligible for these competitive, merit-based scholarship awards. 
  • Applicants from all walks of life (government, business, environment, NGOs, health, media, agriculture, education and others) are encouraged to apply. 
  • The program is aimed at early- to mid-career professionals, spanning the ages of approximately 25-38. 
  • Applicants will be expected to have a fluent level of English.  Applicants are encouraged to provide an English language test score (such as the IELTS), if one is available. 
  • Applicants will normally have a Bachelor's degree.  Exceptions may be considered on the basis of other relevant experience and qualifications. 


  • At least three years of 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
  • Pacific Islands engagement: evidence of significant 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


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