United States-South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP) 2017

Program Description:  The United States – South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP), is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program that provides opportunities for academically talented individuals from South Pacific countries to pursue bachelor’s or master’s degree study at U.S. institutions of higher education in fields that are directly relevant to development needs in the South Pacific Islands region. USSP is also intended to allow participants opportunities to obtain a broader understanding of the United States. The USSP educational exchange experience includes participation in a variety of cultural activities, mentoring, host family and volunteer service programs. USSP is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.
Website:  www.eastwestcenter.org/ussp
Host Institution Name:  East-West Center
Host City:  Honolulu
Host State:  Hawaii
Areas of Study:
Business and Management
Communications and Journalism
Environmental Studies
Information Technology
Political Science
Public Health
Women’s Studies
Levels of Study:
Undergraduate Graduate
Open to Students from: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea
Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
Award Types:
Avg. Award Amount:  Varies
Number of Awards:  3
Award Coverage:  Tuition and fees, university residence hall room costs, monthly stipend for meals and incidental expenses, health insurance, settling in and book allowance, round-trip air transportation.
Award Duration:  Varies
Award Deadline:  February
Award Notification Month:  March
Requirements 1:  Bachelor’s scholarship: Must have high school diploma at the time of application to apply for bachelor’s degree study. 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.
Requirements 2:  Master’s scholarship: Individuals who have completed at least a three-year baccalaureate program may apply for a one-year bridge program leading to master’s degree study.
Requirements 3:  Must be from one of the sovereign Pacific Island nations, including the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Requirements 4:  Preference in the selection process is given to those who have not had recent extensive experience in the U.S. or who have not had extensive opportunities for study at educational institutions outside the Pacific Islands region.
Requirements 5:  Must be able to meet the requirements of the Exchange Visitor (J-1 visa) program.
Contact: East-West Center
USSP Scholarship Coordinator
Award Services Office
1601 East West Rd
Honolulu, HI
Phone #:  +1 (808) 944-7735
Fax #:  +1 (808) 944-7730
Instructions:  Download application materials or contact the Award Services Office to request an application packet to be mailed to you.

Sponsored By: East-West Center

Sponsor Type: Non-Profit Organization/Agency/Association

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