2020 Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship

The East-West Center is pleased to accept applications for the 2020 Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship (APLP), June 21-November 16, 2020. The APLP is the center of excellence for leadership education in the Asia Pacific region and a signature program of the East West Center. Applications are due by November 15, 2019. Please see below for details.

Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, the APLP has created a network of 653 dynamic leaders in 45 countries who are helping to build a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community.

Program Description and Requirements

The Asia Pacific Leadership Program is Experiential, Relational, Transformative, Optimistic, and Impact-oriented.

Each year, approximately 25 Fellows are selected  to participate in the APLP and join a highly diverse, active community. Cohorts typically have representation from over 18 countries and from every type of academic and professional background (as examples: science, business, development, politics, government, civil society, medicine, religious orders, art, finance, academia or research).  The age of participants ranges from mid 20s to mid 40s with an average of 32 years old. There are no citizenship, age, or ethnicity restrictions

Eligibility Requirements

  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting peace and prosperity in the Indo-Asia Pacific region through professional work, study or living experience
  • At least 5 years of work experience
  • 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.
  • 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 experiential 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 and aptitude, including overseas residence, language skills, intercultural and diversity exposure
  • Experience of cohort learning, working collaboratively in small teams or in large groups.

What is the APLP Experience and its time commitment?

Leaders who can successfully navigate change require creative vision and  the capacity to chart and act upon that vision. The APLP experience is designed to yield just these sorts of outcomes. Embracing and leading change takes time. The APLP is designed as a 5 month blended program in order to maximize the depth and breadth of learning. The program grows from building an introductory base in Honolulu, Hawaii to applied place-based leadership activities in home settings to a final workshop and event with alumni in Asia. Each phase of the program has a distinct purpose and connection to the whole. The APLP experience is first and foremost about change.

Together we engage critical processes of change affecting the region now and in the future. By stepping out of specific individual areas of expertise (for example by discipline or country) and developing new analytic and leadership approaches participants come to have changed perspectives. New insights on regional processes are coupled with opportunities to test and develop one’s leadership capacity through experiential work with diverse co-participants. 

The outcome of this process is an ability not only to cope with, or understand change, but to lead it.

Program Dates
The APLP is broken down into three modules:

  • Module One: Hawaii + U.S. Mainland
    June 21 – August 14, 2020
  • Module Two: Online
    August 15 – October 31, 2020
  • Module Three: Online + Asia
    November 1-6, 2020 (online preparation)
    November 7-16, 2020 (Asia)
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