Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program-Spring 2019


Photo: This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the East-West Center

Application Deadline EXTENDED Until December 14, 2018

The East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Spring Cohort of the Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program in 2019.

Program Description

The East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP), in cooperation with the Professional Fellows Division in the Office of Citizen Exchanges at the U.S. Department of State’Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, conducts the Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program. This program will bring two cohorts of tourism industry professionals from the Pacific Islands to Honolulu, Hawai‘i for intensive six-week programs that build significant new capacity and facilitate enduring professional bonds between industry leaders in the United States and the Pacific Islands.

The Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program draws broadly and deeply upon Hawaii’s unique position as an American state with one of the world’s premier tourism industries. It is designed to build capacity across the Pacific region by creating strong and enduring connections between 32 mid-level Professional Fellows from 13 Pacific island countries and no fewer than 13 Hawaii-based Americans in private and public tourism-related organizations.


Spring 2019 Cohort

  • April 22 – May 24, 2019  Activities/Placement in Honolulu, Hawai‘i
  • May 25 – 28, 2019 Activities in Washington, DC
  • May 29 – 31, 2019  Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC

Applicants must:

  • Be citizens/nationals/permanent residents of one of the eligible countries (dual U.S. citizens are NOT eligible to apply)
  • Be between the ages of 25-40
  • Be currently employed in their home country and have a demonstrated history of at least 2 years of employment in the tourism industry
  • Be willing and able to obtain a J-1 visa and spend 6-weeks in the United States
  • Be committed to returning to their home country after the program
  • Have a track record of making an impact in their organziation, company, or community
  • Be capable of creating an action-orientated plan to address a specific business problem or policy challenge being faced in their country
  • Have sufficient spoken and written English language proficiency to effectively function in an American workplace.

Eligible Countries

Applications will be accepted from the following Pacific Islands countries:

  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Timor Leste
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu



Your application must be received by midnight November 30, 2018 (Hawaii Time).

How To Apply

For all the details and an online application form go here. [If you are having trouble accessing the online application because you have extremely slow internet access you can download a PDF application form and submit it via email.]

The Professional Fellows Program strongly encourages people living with disabilities to apply for the program.

Photo: Spring 2018 Fellows