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 graduates 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.
What is the APLP?
To create a network of action, focused on building a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community.
On completing the program, participants understand key trends which will affect the region in the future, what types of leadership these trends require, and how they fit within these shifting contexts as individuals and community leaders.
The 35 - 40 participants selected each year have strong leadership experience or exhibit high leadership potential. All participants have at least a Bachelor’s degree and most have a Master’s degree. APLP participants have come from 58 countries and have tremendous range of backgrounds (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. Most have at least five years of professional work experience.
What is the time commitment?
The APLP is a nine-month program (early-August to early-May) with a minimum five-month residency requirement. During the first five months all participants are based at the East-West Center in Honolulu and live on campus.
What does the program involve?
The first five months (August through December) involves intensive coursework and living and working within a diverse community. First semester program content focuses on three areas: interpreting emerging issues facing the Asia Pacific; developing leadership capacity; and professional development. Activities include workshops, discussion seminars, outdoor challenges, lectures, simulations, an intensive field study experience, independent work and online activities.
From January through May, the APLP takes place virtually through internet-based platforms. 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 the second term is 3 – 4 hours per week (ex: monthly assignments, 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. Some APLP Fellows may also choose to independently pursue activities such as internships, coursework or applied leadership projects in the Asia Pacific region.
Who are the program staff?
There are six core program staff. This allows for a responsive and personalized approach to the program. Joining the program each year are over 50 world-class guests who deliver specific areas of program content and provide mentorship. Peer learning between participants is also a centerpiece of program design.
What does the APLP fellowship cover?
Upon entry, all participants are awarded an Asia Pacific Leadership Fellowship. The Fellowship is used to cover the majority of program fees, provision of learning materials, electronic and print resources, a field study, transportation to most off-site locations, other travel and excursions, specialized workshops, and health insurance for the first term. The estimated value of these items is approximately $12,000 (fellows responsible for paying applicable U.S. taxes).
What are the program and living costs?
Living and housing expenses on campus are approximately $1,000/month. Transportation to and from Hawai‘i is at the participant’s expense and each participant contributes $7,000 towards program fees and should budget $750 towards field study expenses.
What supplemental funding is available?
The APLP is fortunate to have developed a wide range of supplemental scholarship opportunities for participants to help defray certain expenses not covered by the Fellowship. Please see the scholarships page for details.
In 15 years, the APLP has become a signature program of the East-West Center. Its 554 alumni, who come from 58 countries, now occupy key positions within the United States and Asia Pacific region. Alumni stay in very close contact with the program with over 40% reuniting last year with program staff.
The APLP provides the time, tools, contacts and knowledge needed to successfully navigate personal and regional change.
We judge our success on how participants come to envision trends in the Asia Pacific region and their place within these trends; how participants develop leadership capacity, plan for future success and carry out actions needed to achieve this success.
PROGRAM COSTS AND FUNDING 2016 - 2017 (SUBJECT TO ADJUSTMENT)
Upon entry, all participants are awarded an Asia Pacific Leadership Fellowship. The Fellowship is used to cover the majority of program fees, provision of learning materials, electronic and print materials, transportation to most off-site locations, other travel and excursions, specialized workshops, and health insurance. The estimated value of these items is approximately $13,000. For the fall semester, APLP applicants need to cover additional expenses beyond the EWC Entrance Fellowship - these additional expenses are estimated to be US $12,310 (not including airfare). Supplementary scholarships are available to assist APLP Fellows with the costs indicated below. On average, 75% of APLP Fellows receive scholarships to defray the costs of participating in the program.
Costs to Participants (Fall Semester, 4-month residency in Honolulu)
Fall Semester (August 28, 2016 – December 15, 2016)
EWC Program Fees
|$ 1,260 (84 nights on-campus)|
$ 3,300 (approximate)
Field Experience Expenses
Round Trip Air Travel to Honolulu
$ 12,310 (not including airfare)
Spring Semester (January 2, 2017 – May 5, 2017)
APLP Fellowship activities for the Second Term 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.
Additional Spring Semester Options:
In addition to the independent, internet-based assignments required for the APLP Fellowship Second Term, APLP Fellows may also choose to independently pursue activities such as internships, coursework or applied leadership projects. Most APLP Fellows undertake a Second Term activity in the Asia Pacific region. The East-West Center will not sponsor visas for non-U.S. participants who wish to remain in the U.S. for the Second Term (APLP Fellows must make such arrangements independently with a partner organization). Opportunities to undertake an East-West Center sponsored Second Term activity, such as the Group Independent Study Travel (GIST) Southeast Asia Field Study, have separate application processes which will be announced during the First Term. Supplementary scholarships are generally not available to support Second Term activities, but project-specific funding may become available periodically – all such opportunities are announced to the entire APLP cohort during the First Term. The majority of these options are self-funded.
HOW TO APPLY
2017 - 2018 ASIA PACIFIC LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FELLOWSHIP (August 2017 - May 2018)
- 1: Application Package Checklist
- 2: 2017 Application Form (2 pages)
- 3: 2017 Letter of Reference Form (3 pages)
- Optional: 2017 Request for Supplementary Scholarships Form (2 pages)
- Early Applications + Scholarship Applications Deadline: December 15, 2016.
- Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1, 2017.
- Note: Timing is critical for supplementary scholarships. The earlier an application is completed, the more scholarships are available.
- 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.
- A 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.
To APPLY click "Further official information" below and fill the application form.
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