Hawaii Asia-Pacific Affairs Leadership Program

The Hawaii Asia-Pacific Affairs Leadership Program will help the next generation of Hawaii’s leaders develop a solid knowledge base of the major political, economic, and security issues in the Asia Pacific.

Since 2013, the Hawaii Asia-Pacific Affairs Leadership Program has provided university students and young professionals with the opportunity to learn about Asia-Pacific international affairs and think critically about Hawaii’s role in the region. Participants develop a local and international peer network that will serve them in the future. The program is supported by a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation.

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.

To Apply

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.

An online application form is available here. Applications are due by July 31, 2019.