Launched in 1967, the Jefferson Fellowship is the East-West Center’s most widely-recognized and established seminar program, with an illustrious alumni network of more than 729 Jefferson Fellows across 34 countries in the Asia Pacific and the United States. The broad goal of the program is to enhance public understanding through the news media of cultures, issues and trends in the Asia Pacific region. Participation in the Jefferson Fellowships provides working journalists with an opportunity to learn and report from cities across the Asia Pacific on key issues and developments taking place, sharing with audiences first-hand perspectives and new insights.
The East-West Center’s Professional Development Program, in cooperation with the Professional Fellows Division in the Office of Citizen Exchanges at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, conducts the Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program. Each year this program brings two cohorts of tourism industry professionals from the Pacific Islands to Honolulu, Hawai‘i for intensive six-week programs that build significant new capacity and facilitate enduring professional bonds between industry leaders in the United States and the Pacific Islands.
The Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) provides individuals from the Pacific Islands region with the opportunity to enhance their leadership capacities and build a network with other leaders from across the Pacific, Asia and the United States. PILP attracts participants possessing high leadership potential and a commitment to serve their national and regional development goals. The program strengthens participants’ knowledge and understanding of key regional, economic, social, political, health, education and environmental issues, and cultivates adaptive and appropriate leadership capacities.
PILP Fellows will spend one month in experiential learning exercises at the East-West Center, a one month field study at the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (IDIA), and a leadership retreat. Curriculum includes future scenario planning, social entrepreneurship and risk analysis, climate change and environmental stewardship, international relations, and public health.