2018 – 2019 Asia Pacific Leadership Program


2018 – 2019 Asia Pacific Leadership Program

The Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) is the center of excellence for leadership education in Asia Pacific and a signature program of the East-West Center. The program links advanced and interdisciplinary analysis of emergent regional issues with experiential leadership learning. 

APLP fellows leave the East-West Center with an expanded regional perspective. They are knowledgeable about the societies and issues of the Asia Pacific region and empowered to exercise leadership and promote cooperation in a variety of cultural, geographical and institutional environments.  In short, APLP alumni are navigators of change.

The APLP is a 8 month program with a 4-month residency requirement in Hawai’i.  All APLP Fellows live on the East-West Center’s campus in Honolulu from August – December.  The residential period in Honolulu involves intensive, experiential training, coursework and living and working within a diverse community. Content focuses on three areas: 1) understanding regional trends; 2) leadership development; and 3) professional development.

APLP Fellowship activities for the Second Term (January – May) take place virtually through internet-based platforms, therefore there are no costs for completing the Second Term.  Fellows are free to return to their home countries [and former employment], as all required assignments can be completed independently and submitted through internet-based platforms.  The typical time commitment for Second Term assignments is 3 – 4 hours per week (ex: monthly updates, a capstone project and final portfolio).  The Second Term of the APLP is designed to provide the time, space and institutional support for participants to pursue individual career plans and professional goals. It is a time to activate the learning from the First Term in practical application and to deepen the leadership learning process.

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  • Bachelor’s degree – applicants must have at least a 3-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited U.S. College or University or from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. Equivalency is determined by the University of Hawai’i.
  • At least 5 years of work experience
  • demonstrated commitment to promoting peace and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region, and a deep interest in experiential leadership development training.


  • 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
  • Asia Pacific engagement: evidence of knowledge of the region, as well as a demonstrated 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.


Timing is critical for supplementary scholarships.  The earlier an application is completed, the more scholarships are available.

  • March 1, 2018 – Final Deadline


Instructions with a link to the Letter of Reference form will be sent to your referees upon the submission of your application.  Should your referees need help in acquiring the form, please find it HERE and send it to your referee.  The program DOES NOT accept Letters of Reference directly from applicants.  Two letters of reference are needed to complete your application.


An official degree certificate and official transcript must be submitted for the highest degree you have obtained.  Have the transcript and degree certificate sealed in an envelope by the institution you attended and mailed to the EWC Leadership Program Office:

Leadership Program
East-West Center, JAB 2062A
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96848-1601

All official transcripts and degree certificates must be sealed directly by the institution or Ministry of Education to the EWC Leadership Program office. These documents should be mailed in an official university or Ministry envelope and remain sealed by that institution in order to be accepted by the East-West Center. Documents mailed or hand-carried by the applicant or a third party will not be accepted as official or used for admissions consideration unless they are contained in an envelope that has been sealed by the university.

To have copies of transcripts and degree certificates attested, take them to the University Registrar’s Office and request copies of your transcripts with grades and copies of your degree certificate.  The University must officially stamp and sign the copies before placing them in an envelope with the University’s seal placed across the sealed envelope’s flap.  Your University may also mail the sealed transcript directly to the East-West Center if they do not want to release the attested copy to you.

Please note that notarized transcripts cannot be accepted as official documents.  Only transcripts attested by the University Registrar’s Office and signed by an authorized official of the University may be considered acceptable documents.


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