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Monday, September 22, 2008

East West Center launches US-South Pacific Scholarship Program 2008

The United States-South Pacific Scholarship Program has been launched by the East West Center in Hawaii inviting applications from Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu for studies in the US by August 2009.

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 student’s home country. The U.S.-South Pacific Scholarship Program is administered by the East-West Center on behalf of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Eligible fields of Study include Standard liberal arts curriculum and other selected fields, with priority given to agriculture, business, computer science, education, environmental studies, journalism, political science, public administration, and related fields. Support is not available for professional degree programs such as medicine (M.D.), masters in business administration (MBA), or law (J.D.).

Up to five (5) scholarships will be available for studies to begin in August 2009.

Applicants must have completed the Sixth Form at the time of application. Individuals who have completed some undergraduate level courses but have not obtained the equivalent of a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree are also eligible. Individuals who have completed a three-year baccalaureate program may apply for a one-year bridging program, which, upon completion, allows for application to a master’s degree program. Some master’s programs may not require the bridging year, depending on prior study and academic performance during the first year.

Preference may also be given to candidates who have not had extensive opportunities for study at educational institutions outside the Pacific Islands region.

All application documents contained in the application packet may be found at the Internet site:

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