2024 East West Center Indo-Pacific Leadership Lab (Fully Funded)

Deadline: May 31, 2024.

The biggest questions of our time call for community-centered and action-oriented leadership that is policy-aware and regionally and globally competent. Defining and resolving our common dilemmas requires inclusion and collaboration. The Indo-Pacific Leadership Lab, jointly launched by the East-West Center and the Japan Foundation, is for rising leaders from diverse sectors, including academia, civil society, non-profit, business, and government, who want to deepen their leadership practice and increase their impact.


  • 5-10 years of deep work or research experience in an area with clear connections to climate change mitigation, adaption planning, natural resources or environmental governance, or related area
  • A citizen and resident of one of the following countries:
    • Japan
    • United States of America
    • Pacific Islands: American Samoa, Australia, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea, Independent State of Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
    • South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan
    • Southeast Asia: Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Verbal fluency in English, with strong written English skills
  • Demonstrable writing experience, including grants, Op-eds, articles in newspapers or magazines, blogs, and/or academic writing, etc.
  • A current passport with validity through March 2026
  • Able to commit to one week of travel in December 2024, April and September 2025, plus monthly virtual connections in between travel (estimated at about 4 hours/month).


  • Deep and ongoing involvement in a specific organization, business, educational institution, or community impact initiative with clear connections to climate change mitigation, adaption planning, natural resources or environmental governance, or related area
  • Professional, public, and/or community leadership track record
  • Willing to engage fully in a place-based, policy-focused, creatively- and strategically-demanding program
  • Interest in collectively generating community-focused policy and impact initiatives connected to climate change adaptation
  • Interested in working and learning alongside people from a diversity of places, backgrounds, sectors, and communities
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively in small teams or in large groups.


The Indo-Pacific Leadership Lab provides Fellows with round-trip airfare to/from the program locations, program fee and materials, accommodation, travel insurance, meals, and some applicable visa-related costs (if required).

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