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2005 COMPETITION INSTRUCTIONS - United States - South Pacific Scholarship Program


DEADLINE 2005: February 1, 2006

The United States-South Pacific Scholarship Program, authorized by the U.S. Congress and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program that provides opportunities for degree study at U.S. institutions of higher education. The scholarship program will include a summer internship in Washington, D.C. as well as a four to five week community service project in the studentís home country. Candidates from the following countries, who meet specific selection criteria, are eligible for the program: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. The U.S.-South Pacific Scholarship Program is administered by the East-West Center on behalf of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Program Objectives

The Program provides educational opportunities for academically talented individuals from South Pacific countries to pursue bachelorís or masterís degree study at U.S. institutions in fields that are directly relevant to development needs in the Pacific islands region. The Program is also intended to allow participants opportunities to obtain a broader understanding of the United States.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must have completed the Sixth Form at the time of the application.

Individuals who have completed some undergraduate level courses, but have not obtained a bachelorís degree, are also eligible for this program.

Applicants must be citizens of one of the sovereign Pacific Island countries listed above. Individuals who have dual citizenship, one of which is from the U.S., are not eligible.

Individuals who have already received the equivalent of a four-year United States bachelorís degree are not eligible to apply for bachelorís degree study, but may apply for the bridging program leading to a masterís degree.

Because an objective of the program is to provide an educational exchange experience to those not previously afforded such an opportunity, preference will usually be given to candidates who have not had recent extensive experience in the U.S. Preference may also be given to candidates who have not had extensive opportunities for study at educational institutions outside the Pacific Islands region (i.e., outside the countries listed in paragraph one above.)

U.S. Baccalaureate Degree

Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to individuals who wish to pursue bachelorís degree study in the United States. Awards are given initially for one year, but will be reviewed annually and may be extended up to a maximum of four years. During the first year students will usually be enrolled at the University of Hawai'i. Subsequent support may be given for a National Student Exchange year at selected universities in the continental United States. The program will assist with applications to other institutions based on the student's academic record and degree interests.

Bridging Program Leading to a U.S. Masterís Degree (Students with 3-Yr. Bachelorís Degree)

Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to individuals who have successfully completed a three-year or four-year bachelorís degree and who are interested in pursuing a masterís degree at an accredited university in the United States. Awards are given initially for one year of course work at the University of Hawaiíi at Manoa campus. During this period, scholarship recipients are given the opportunity to qualify for application to U.S. masterís degree programs. Some masterís programs may not require a bridging year, depending on prior study and academic performance during the first year. Applicants accepted into a masterís degree program at an accredited university in the United States may receive additional scholarship support contingent upon admission as a classified graduate student.

East-West Center Educational Component

Students participate in educational enrichment and leadership training activities at the East-West Center and in other parts of the United States or Pacific islands region. Scholarship recipients are required to participate in selected activities of the Center wide Education Program during the summer months (including a 6-week Washington, D.C. summer internship during the first year and a home country community service project during the summer of the second year) and while in residence at the Center. Participation in the Education Programís first-year core seminar is also required of all graduate scholarship recipients. Undergraduates will participate in the core seminar in the fall of their junior or senior year. The Education program may also include lectures, group discussion, seminars, and projects designed to provide the participants with basic knowledge about contemporary Asia, the Pacific Islands and the United States as well as to provide an opportunity to enhance cross-cultural awareness.

Internship and Community Service Component

The scholarship program will include a summer internship in Washington, D.C. as well as a four to five week community service project in the studentís home country. Graduate students usually do their internship in their first summer and community service during the second summer. Undergraduate students typically do their internship in their second summer and community service during their third summer.

Eligible Fields of Study

Eligible fields of study are drawn from the standard liberal arts curriculum and other selected fields, with priority given to agriculture, business administration, economics, education, environmental studies, information technology & management, journalism, political science, public administration, and related fields. If a proposed field of study is not among the priority fields, the applicant should give special attention to explaining how this course of study would support the goals of the program. Support is not available for professional degrees such as medicine (M.D.) and law (J.D.). Please consult the University of Hawaii website for available degrees and programs: www.hawaii.edu

Selection Process

Selection will be made by a U.S.-based academic review committee that may include Pacific Islands and other specialists from the East-West Center, the University of Hawaiíi, a representative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and a Pacific Islands student representative. In selecting scholarship awardees, the review committee will consider academic merit as well as evidence of leadership potential and experience; community service; cross-cultural knowledge, experience and sensitivity; capacity for change; adaptability; ability to pursue independent study; career potential and employment history; English language proficiency; creativity; initiative; self-expression; anticipated kinds of post-graduation contributions to home country and region; with preference given to those with little or no previous U.S. and other international study experience.

Award Provisions and Conditions

Scholarship recipients will receive the following:

Tuition and fees payable to the U.S. college or university at which the student is studying.

Monthly maintenance allowance for housing, food, and incidental expenses. The exact amount will vary and depend on the location of the recipient's program. NOTE: Applicants with children should be aware that the scholarship does not provide significant support for dependent children.

Health insurance in accordance with the Exchange Visitor regulations.

Settling-in and book allowance.

Initial and terminal air transportation to all official activity sites.

This scholarship is subject to U.S. Government and State of Hawaiíi taxes. Payment of taxes is the responsibility of the student.


Scholarship recipients are required to come to the Center on the Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa and are subject to all provisions of the Exchange Visitor Program. The intent of the Exchange Visitor Program is to have participants return to their home countries upon program completion to share and apply the knowledge and experience gained during their program at the Center. Exchange visitors on U.S. Department of State sponsorship are required to return to their home country for an aggregate period of two years after completing their exchange visitor program per Section 212 (e). Subjectivity to 212(e) should not affect the procurement of any other visa types. For further information see http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/info/info_1296.html or download the application form on: http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pidp/...usspsp2005.pdf

Application packets may also be obtained from U.S. embassies or consulates located in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand; Suva, Fiji; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; and Majuro, Marshall Islands (for Kiribati) or from:

Award Services Office
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848-1601
Telephone (808) 944-7735; Fax: (808) 944-7730

A complete application must include:

The completed application form.

Three references from faculty or other individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and leadership potential. The references, completed on the attached official East-West Centerís United States Ė South Pacific Scholarship Program Letter of Reference Form, should be sent separately to the Awards Services Office, East-West Center by the individuals providing the references. These letters must meet the deadline requirements stated below.

A certified original or certified photocopy of academic records from high school and any previous university work, Sixth Form examination results, and bursary examination results. An official record bears the actual signature of the registrar and the embossed seal or official stamp of the issuing institution.

TOEFL scores if available.

Application Deadline

A complete application must be received by the Award Services Office at the East-West Center no later than February 1, 2006.

FAX copies of the application forms and academic records will be accepted provided they are received no later than February 1, 2006. The Awards Services Office fax number is (808) 944-7730. Please be advised that up to a week prior to the application deadline, attempts to send materials by FAX may result in a busy signal due to the high volume of incoming transmissions. Calling the office will not facilitate FAX transmissions. Do not wait until February 1, 2005 to FAX the application. Note: E-mail applications are not accepted.

If an application is submitted via FAX, the original application and documents must still be sent immediately by mail to the Awards Services Office at the East-West Center.

Award Decision and Start Dates
Award decisions are expected to be announced by April 1, 2006. Awards will begin in early August 2006.

Written and E-mail Inquiries
Written inquiries should be directed to:

United States - South Pacific Scholarship Program
East-West Center
Awards Services Office
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848-1601

E-mail inquiries may be addressed to: pidpusia@eastwestcenter.org

Individuals should note their country of citizenship and permanent residence when inquiring in order to facilitate a quick response.

For more information click on this url: http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pidp/.../spsaward1.htm

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