United States-South Pacific (USSP) 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 degree study at U.S. institutions of higher education. The scholarship program will include a summer enrichment program in Honolulu. BA scholarship recipients will also do a four to five-week community service project in the student’s home country. 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 Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Eligible fields of Study: 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. If a proposed field of study is not among the priority fields, the applicant should give special attention to explaining how this course of study would support the goals of the program. Support is not available for professional degree programs such as medicine (M.D.), masters in business administration (MBA)*, or law (J.D.). *Business study is supported at the undergraduate level only.
Selection: Selection will be made by a U.S.-based academic review committee that may include Pacific Islands and other specialists from the East-West Center, the University of Hawai’i, a representative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and a Pacific Islands student representative.
- Applicants must have completed the Sixth Form (the final year of high school in many countries) 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. The USSP program does not generally allow direct application and admission to a graduate degree program.
- 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 (i.e., outside the countries listed in paragraph one above).
- Scholarship recipients must be able to meet the requirements of the Exchange Visitor (J-1 visa) program.
- 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.
Please read the full announcement, instructions, and application forms carefully. These documents are found on this page on the top right as PDF files.
All application documents are also found at the following Internet site: www.eastwestcenter.org/ussp.
Application packets may also be obtained from the U.S. embassy in Port Moresby. For questions about the application process, please send a message to USSP@EastWestCenter.org. All inquiries should reference the 2015 United States–South Pacific (USSP) Scholarship Program competition.
The application deadline for the 2015 competition is February 1, 2016 for awards beginning in early August 2016. Awards are expected to be announced on www.eastwestcenter.org/ussp by April 1, 2016.