Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan (PILP)

February 01, 2022

Opportunity begins:

Sep 23, 2022

Opportunity ends:

Dec 01, 2022

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Location (s):

  • Taiwan
  • United States of America


Founded in 2013, the Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) graduated its seventh cohort, "Generation Seven" in December 2019.  Building on a vibrant alumni network of 157 alumni from 15 countries spanning the Pacific region, PILP is developing a new generation of leaders and a community of action.

Hosted by the East-West Center, PILP is generously funded by a grant from the Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (IDIA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Republic of China (Taiwan).


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. We 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 collaborative leaders dedicated to shaping the future prosperity of the Pacific region by taking informed, effective action.

Program Outcomes

PILP will help you:

  • 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 volatile, 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

Program Dates for 2022, Generation Eight  

Dates are subject to change:

  • Phase 1 - Honolulu: September 23 - October 21, 2022
  • Phase 2 - Taiwan: October 23 - November 24, 2022
  • Phase 3 - Leadership Retreat in Taiwan (TBD): November 25 - 30, 2022
  • Fellows depart from Taiwan: December 1, 2022

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:


  • Citizens of the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Fiji, French Polynesia, Republic of Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Independent State of Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu are eligible to apply.
  • 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


Deadline: February 01, 2022

Program Starts: September 23, 2022

Program Ends: December 01, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

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).

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