China: Fully Funded Pacific Islands Leadership Program 2019 with Taiwan (PILP)

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan (PILP) Fellowship (Generation Six).

Founded in 2013, the Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan recently welcomed its sixth cohort, “Generation Six”. Building on a vibrant alumni community of 122 participants from 15 countries spanning the Pacific region, PILP will continue to grow and develop.


PILP is a center of excellence for leadership development in the Pacific region. The program links regional analysis of emerging issues in Oceania with experiential leadership learning and a commitment to practical action. They call this interlocking process “Navigating Change” and believe the art of way-finding is a core leadership skill.


The goal of PILP is to build a network of leaders dedicated to shaping the future prosperity of the Pacific region by taking informed, effective action.


Country of Study: China (Taiwan) Institution: East-West Center
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 Level of Study: Fellowship (Leadership Program)



Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (IDIA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Republic of China (Taiwan).


Scholarship Benefits:

  • 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).
  • Program Outcomes
    • 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 volitile, 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


Eligibility Requirements:


    • 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 will be 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 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


Eligible Regions: 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




Program Dates for 2019, Generation Seven (Dates are subject to change):


  • Phase 1 – Honolulu: September 30 – October 25, 2019
  • Phase 2 – Taiwan: October 26 – November 28, 2019
  • Phase 3 – Leadership Retreat in Taiwan (TBD): November 29 – December 3, 2019
  • Fellows depart from Taiwan: December 5, 2019


Application Procedure:


  • Applications can be submitted via 2 different methods:
    1. Online or
    2. via Email.
  • Individuals are highly encouraged to submit their PILP application materials using the new online application system.
  • Check the Apply Now link for the further application process.