Asia Pacific Leadership-APLP Fellowship Program by EWC

APLP fellowship Program by East-West Center

APLP Fellowship

East-West Center (EWC) offers Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship (APLP). The APLP Fellowship Program 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.

APLP Fellowship Program

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.

Eligibility for APLP fellowship Program

The average age of an APLP Fellow is 33, with an average of 5 – 8 years of professional experience prior to entering the program.

  • Bachelor’s degree – applicants for APLP Fellowship Program 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
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting peace and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region, and a deep interest in experiential leadership development training.


Desirable Qualifications for APLP fellowship Program

  • 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.


Upon acceptance, all participants receive a fellowship valued at approximately $13,000 USD to cover a majority of the program costs. Substantial scholarship funding is available for the remainder of the costs of participation, though timing is critical.



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

December mid- Early Admission Deadline

March 1st – 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



Application can be had from APLP Application form link

For details visit APLP Programme Webpage


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