Application for the U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Program 2020 is now open. Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, the program is a competitive, merit-based opportunity for Master’s and Bachelor’s degree study at the University of Hawai‘i. The scholarship is offered for studies in fields that are directly relevant to the development needs of Pacific Island countries.
The U.S. South Pacific Scholarship program 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
- Host institutions: University of Hawai‘i.
- Eligible Fields: 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.
- Number of awards: Not specified.
- Duration: Awards are given initially for a one-year period, but will be reviewed annually and may be extended (Baccalaureate Degree only) up to a maximum of four years.
- Target group: Open to all nationals of Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
The U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Benefits
The Graduate Research Scholarships program will provide successful applicants with the followings:
- Tuition and fees payable to the University of Hawai‘i.
- Housing in a student residence hall.
- Monthly allowance for food, clothing, and incidental expenses.
- Health insurance in accordance with Exchange Visitor (J-1 visa) regulations.
- An initial settling-in allowance.
- An annual book allowance.
- Initial and terminal transportation to all official activity sites.
- A mentoring program with the possible opportunity of arranging a follow-on summer internship.
The U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Eligibility
- Bachelor’s Scholarship: Applicants must have completed secondary school by the deadline for submitting a university application for admission to their undergraduate program. In some countries this means having completed “Form 6.” In other countries, this may mean having completed “Grade 12.” Individuals who have completed some undergraduates level courses but have not obtained the equivalent of a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree are also eligible and strongly encouraged to apply.
- Master’s Scholarship: Applicants must have completed at least a three-year baccalaureate program. Those with a three-year Bachelor’s degree may apply for a bridging program of up to one year, which upon completion allows for application to a master’s degree program. Master’s programs may not require a bridging component, depending on prior study and academic performance during the first year. The USSP program does not generally permit direct application and admission to a graduate degree program. Those who possess both a bachelor’s degree and a post-graduate diploma or honors degree, or will have earned a post-graduate diploma or honors degree before the scholarship’s August start date, are strongly encouraged to apply.
- 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 United States. Preference may also be given to candidates who have not had extensive opportunities for study at educational institutions outside the Pacific Islands region.
- Note: Individuals who have dual citizenship, one being that of the United States, are not eligible. U.S. non-citizen nationals and U.S. permanent residents are also not eligible for USSP. All scholarship recipients must be able to meet the requirements of the Exchange Visitor (J-1 visa) program.
Interested applicants must click on the apply button below and follow instructions to submit their applications. For more detail on the U.S. South Pacific Scholarship, please visit the official page.