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2023 Asia Pacific Leadership Program

April 27-September 15, 2023

  • Pre-residency Virtual Connection: April 27-June 21
  • Residency in Hawai‘i: June 22-August 18
    • includes a fellow-led field study within the Hawaiian Islands
  • Post-residency Virtual Connection: August 19-September 15

Eligibility Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited higher education institution in the United States, or equivalent degree representing a full-time program of study of at least 3 years' duration, from an officially-recognized higher education institution outside of the United States.
  • At least 5 years of work experience
  • Applicants will be expected to have a fluent level of English. Applicants are encouraged to provide an English language test score (such as IELTS), if one is available.
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting peace and prosperity in the Indo-Asia Pacific region through professional work, study or living experience
  • There are no citizenship, age, or ethnicity restrictions.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Leadership track record in professional, public, and/or personal realms
  • Willingness to engage fully in place-based experiential, and transformational leadership development training
  • Deep involvement in a specific organization, business or community impact initiative (applicants must explain how, with their home-setting teams, they will experiment with the leadership strategies learned in APLP)
  • International experience, including overseas residence, language skills, intercultural and diversity exposure
  • Experience of cohort learning, working collaboratively in small teams or in large groups.

Program Costs

All fellows are responsible for these costs. Accommodations, living expenses, and roundtrip airfare pertain to the residency portion, June 23-August 18, 2023.

Program Fees$7,000
Accommodations in East-West Center living quartersup to $1,358
(31 nights)
Living Expenses (meals & incidentals)$2,900 (approximate)
Roundtrip Air Travel to/from Honolulu(varies)
TOTAL$11,258
(not including airfare and visa fees)

Supplemental Scholarships
Supplementary scholarships support is available to help defray the cost of program fees and accommodations. To apply for scholarships, please indicate this on your application in the scholarship section. On average, 75% of APLP Fellows receive partial scholarships to defray the costs of participating in the program. Scholarships take the form of endowed fellowships, annual gifts and occasional awards, and are subject to availability and change. APLP supplemental scholarships derive from a variety of public and private granting agencies, institutions, governments and individuals, including East-West Center alumni.

The APLP is extremely grateful for support from the Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society Fellowships, Jhamandas Watumull Fellowships, Jean E. Rolles Fellowships, Eleanor and Hermann Haus Fellowships, Buddy and Melga Torre Gendrano Fellowships, and the Nainoa Thompson Fellowship to name a few.

Interested in supporting APLP scholarships?
Many of the scholarships listed above are funds raised on an annual basis through various private donations.  The Asia Pacific Leadership Program team is always working to raise additional funds to support APLP Fellows and defray their out-of-pocket costs for participating in the program.  If you are interested in donating towards participant scholarships, please visit the East-West Center's online donation page, select "Professional Development/Leadership Program" in the drop-down menu, and input "APLP" into the comment field.

Named scholarships and endowments [those named in honor of a loved one, family foundation, interest area, etc.] can also be established to support participant scholarships for the Asia Pacific Leadership Program.  To inquire about named scholarships and endowments, please contact the East-West Center Foundation.

2023 Asia Pacific Leadership Program

April 27-September 15, 2023

  • Pre-residency Virtual Connection: April 27-June 21
  • Residency in Hawai‘i: June 22-August 18
    • includes a fellow-led field study within the Hawaiian Islands
  • Post-residency Virtual Connection: August 19-September 15

Eligibility Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited higher education institution in the United States, or equivalent degree representing a full-time program of study of at least 3 years' duration, from an officially-recognized higher education institution outside of the United States.
  • At least 5 years of work experience
  • Applicants will be expected to have a fluent level of English. Applicants are encouraged to provide an English language test score (such as IELTS), if one is available.
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting peace and prosperity in the Indo-Asia Pacific region through professional work, study or living experience
  • There are no citizenship, age, or ethnicity restrictions.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Leadership track record in professional, public, and/or personal realms
  • Willingness to engage fully in place-based experiential, and transformational leadership development training
  • Deep involvement in a specific organization, business or community impact initiative (applicants must explain how, with their home-setting teams, they will experiment with the leadership strategies learned in APLP)
  • International experience, including overseas residence, language skills, intercultural and diversity exposure
  • Experience of cohort learning, working collaboratively in small teams or in large groups.

Program Costs

All fellows are responsible for these costs. Accommodations, living expenses, and roundtrip airfare pertain to the residency portion, June 23-August 18, 2023.

Program Fees$7,000
Accommodations in East-West Center living quartersup to $1,358
(31 nights)
Living Expenses (meals & incidentals)$2,900 (approximate)
Roundtrip Air Travel to/from Honolulu(varies)
TOTAL$11,258
(not including airfare and visa fees)

Supplemental Scholarships
Supplementary scholarships support is available to help defray the cost of program fees and accommodations. To apply for scholarships, please indicate this on your application in the scholarship section. On average, 75% of APLP Fellows receive partial scholarships to defray the costs of participating in the program. Scholarships take the form of endowed fellowships, annual gifts and occasional awards, and are subject to availability and change. APLP supplemental scholarships derive from a variety of public and private granting agencies, institutions, governments and individuals, including East-West Center alumni.

The APLP is extremely grateful for support from the Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society Fellowships, Jhamandas Watumull Fellowships, Jean E. Rolles Fellowships, Eleanor and Hermann Haus Fellowships, Buddy and Melga Torre Gendrano Fellowships, and the Nainoa Thompson Fellowship to name a few.

Interested in supporting APLP scholarships?
Many of the scholarships listed above are funds raised on an annual basis through various private donations.  The Asia Pacific Leadership Program team is always working to raise additional funds to support APLP Fellows and defray their out-of-pocket costs for participating in the program.  If you are interested in donating towards participant scholarships, please visit the East-West Center's online donation page, select "Professional Development/Leadership Program" in the drop-down menu, and input "APLP" into the comment field.

Named scholarships and endowments [those named in honor of a loved one, family foundation, interest area, etc.] can also be established to support participant scholarships for the Asia Pacific Leadership Program.  To inquire about named scholarships and endowments, please contact the East-West Center Foundation.