2016 Instructions for the United States-South Pacific (USSP) Scholarship Competition

U.S. Embassy Apia is pleased to inform you of the 2016 Competition Instructions for the United States-South Pacific Scholarship Program.

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 Master’s and Bachelor’s degree study at the University of Hawai‘i in fields that are directly relevant to the development needs of Pacific island countries.  It will also enable the recipients to obtain a broader understanding of the United States.  The scholarship program will include a mentoring component with a possible follow-on summer internship, and readily accessible opportunities for participation in host family and volunteer service programs.  Candidates from the following countries, who meet specific selection criteria, are eligible for the program: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, 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 U.S. Department of State.

Eligible Fields of Study: Priority areas of study include agriculture, business, communication/journalism, education, environmental studies, gender studies, NGO management, political science, public administration, public health, STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), and other related fields. If a desired field of study is not among the priorities, the applicant should give special attention to explaining how this course of study would support the goals of the scholarship program. Support is not available for professional degrees such as architecture, law, and medicine.

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 United States, are NOT ELIGIBLE. U.S. non-citizen nationals and U.S. permanent residents are also NOT ELIGIBLE for USSP.

If interested, a complete set of downloadable application materials is available at: eastwestcenter.org.

Application package may also be uplifted from our office located on Level 5 of the ACC Building, Apia.

The application deadline is February 1, 2017 for awards beginning in early August 2017.  Awards are expected to be announced on the East-West Center website www.eastwestcenter.org/ussp by April 3, 2017.