The United States South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP), 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 its funder, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Three (3) Scholarships will be available for studies to begin in August 2019

Selection will be made, with input from U.S. Embassies in the region, by a U.S.-based academic review committee that may include Pacific Islands and other specialists from the East-West Center and University of Hawai‘i system, a representative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and a Pacific Islands student representative.

The application deadline is February 1, 2019 for awards beginning in early August 2019. Awards are expected to be announced on the East-West Center USSP webpage by April 1, 2019.

For application instructions and the reference form, click on the following link to access
the US South Pacific Scholarship Program online application:

If a prospective applicant experiences problems with the online application that s/he is unable to resolve, the EWC Award Services Office should be contacted for assistance. It will be important to provide a detailed explanation of the obstacles encountered. The EWC award services officer in charge of USSP applications will work directly with the individual to find a solution to her/his online application difficulties. For help with such issues, prospective USSP applications can email

Samples of the USSP application are also available at U.S. embassies or consulates located in Suva, Fiji; Auckland or Wellington, New Zealand; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; and Apia, Samoa. All requests should reference the 2018 U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Program competition.

East-West Center
Award Services Office/USSP
1601 East-West Road
John A. Burns Hall, Room 2066
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848-1601 USA

Telephone: +1-808-944-7738
Fax: +1-808-944-7730

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