Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship 2020

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.

The Asia Pacific Leadership Program brings together people who want to co-create the future as self-reflective, resilient agents. Using experiential, place-based learning with a focus on equity, cohorts of leaders practice leadership strategies in nurturing environments.

For nearly 20 years, they have been cultivating leaders who are motivated and capable of creating positive impact in the Asia Pacific region. Incoming fellows join a network of 653 APLP alumni from 45 countries across the globe.

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

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 they 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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  • All APLP participants are granted a generous APLP Entry Fellowship by the East-West Center to cover the majority of program expenses. Regarding the supplemental costs of participation in the APLP (accommodation, living expenses etc.), a number of East-West Center funding opportunities are available. However, these supplemental scholarships are competitive and require submission of a completed Request for Scholarships form. Supplemental funds are awarded based on merit, proven need, program goals (such as diversity), and scholarship availability. Priority is given to the residency period in Hawai’i, as well as supporting participants from under-represented countries in the Asia Pacific region in line with the mission of the EWC. Almost all supplemental awards are partial scholarships.
  • All APLP fellows are encouraged to find their own funding. In the past, the majority of APLP participants have been partially or fully funded by employers, government agencies, NGOs, fellowships, minority scholarships, and other external sources, including sponsors and family support; or participants have been self-funded.
  • Only after they review your application, and if you are accepted into the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP), do we then award supplemental scholarships.
  • For further details on specific supplemental scholarships, please see the Supplemental Scholarships listings page which can be found in the official website. This information varies from year to year and is always subject to change.


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.

Eligible Regions: Open for All

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