How to Apply for PILP



The 2021 Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) Fellowship (Generation Eight) has been postponed until Fall 2022. This decision was based on a detailed review of the implications of COVID-19 for the safe and successful delivery of PILP in Hawaii and Taiwan later this year, starting with pre-arrival logistics including vaccine availability, flights, visa requirements, health insurance, accommodation protocols and many other critical factors.  

Applications for the 2022 PILP will open in mid-September 2021. Follow the Leadership Program on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on application details.

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.