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Hawaii Asia-Pacific Affairs Leadership (APAL) Program

Fellowships to Oahu, Hawaii Young Professionals and
Students to Learn About Asia-Pacific Regional Issues

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Pacific Forum

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Fellowships to Oahu, Hawaii young professionals and university students to cultivate a strong knowledge base in the political, security, and economic issues facing the Asia-Pacific area. Participants will participate in roundtable discussions, develop a peer network, and have access to foreign policy experts and scholars.

Participants will have unprecedented access to Pacific Forum’s international network of senior foreign policy experts, emerging next-generation scholars and practitioners, and other community leaders and executives. Participants will also have access to exclusive, invitation-only Pacific Forum conferences and events that are normally limited to seasoned experts or high-level donors. Additionally, APAL participants may receive travel opportunities to attend Pacific Forum conferences overseas.

Participants meet 1-2 times a month from September to May for roundtable discussions focused on key Asia-Pacific issues. These meetings usually occur weeknights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants may also be invited to optional breakfast briefings on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Extra opportunities such as volunteering, internships, site visits, and partner events will also be available throughout the program.

Participants can expect to dedicate between four to 10 hours per month. Program participants are expected to complete a research project at the conclusion of the program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175081

Number of Grants:

10-12 people are accepted per program cycle.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Program participants may apply for a travel stipend to attend a Pacific Forum conference overseas.

Term of Contract:

The program runs from September 2019 to May 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Undergraduate students, graduate students with limited experience in the field, and young professionals (18 to 30 years old) are welcome to apply for the program. Applicants must be based on Oahu from September of the year the cohort begins through May of the following year.

Applicants should be bright, motivated students and young professionals from a broad range of backgrounds. A strong interest in international affairs, demonstrated community service, and great teamwork attitude is preferred.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by July 31, 2019.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application:

For inquiries, contact

Keoni Williams
Director, Young Leaders Program

Pacific Forum
1003 Bishop Street, Pauahi Tower
Suite 1150
Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
Phone: (808) 521-6745

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii: Oahu