Professional Fellows Program Oceania

The Professional Fellows Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by Cultural Vistas.

Program Components

Pacific Fellows will participate in a tailored four-to-five week fellowship, in addition to several professional development opportunities and a Professional Fellows Congress with their program cohort. The program will conclude with follow-on projects implemented within each Fellow’s home communities.


#1 Virtual Programming

Given the wide-span geography of the Pacific, PFP Oceania will include supplemental virtual activities for Pacific Fellows prior to their U.S. fellowship. Each cohort of Pacific Fellows will participate in virtual activities to connect with other participants and prepare for traveling on the program. Virtual connection provides opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing among the Pacific Fellows.

#2 Professional Fellows Congress

Cohorts selected for both the fall 2022 and spring 2023 programs will conclude their time in the United States by participating in the “Professional Fellows Congress” in Washington, DC. This event will bring together Professional Fellows from across the globe to share experiences, build networks, and collaboratively build tools for effective leadership.

#3 Follow-on Project

Throughout the program, each Fellow will develop an Action Plan for a follow-on project to be implemented upon their return home. Fellows will receive peer reviews on their action plan from their cohort, and build skills in project design and planning for the action plan during the program. Following the fellowship exchange, participants will be eligible to apply for alumni engagement funds to support the realization of their Action Plan in implementing a follow-on project in their community.

#4 American Reciprocal Exchange

Following each Pacific Fellow Cohort’s program, American delegates who served as hosts or mentors during the U.S. fellowship programming phase, will be selected to travel to the Pacific to support some of the Pacific Fellows in the implementation of the follow-on projects. Pacific Fellows selected to host will assist in planning for their American colleagues’ visit.


Pacific Fellows


The Application for Pacific Fellows has now closed for the 2022 and 2023 Pacific Fellow cohorts. All applicants will be notified in June 2022 of their application status.

Information of future application cycles will be posted here. Please email for additional information or inquiries.

Eligibility for Pacific Fellows:

  • Citizen and Resident of: Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
  • Work Experience: Applicants must be currently employed with a minimum of two-years professional work experience.
  • Age: 25 – 40 years of age at time of participation in exchange program.
  • Follow-On Project Interest: Applicants must demonstrate an interest in developing an individual project to be implemented within their home workplace or community, related to the theme of economic empowerment.
  • J-1 Visa Eligibility: Applicants must be able to receive a J-1 Government Visitor Visa.
  • English Proficiency: Professional Fellows Program Oceania will be conducted entirely in English. All participants will be required to demonstrate written and oral proficiency of the English language.
  • Participation Commitment: Applicants must be willing to participate in the program in full, including travel to the United States (U.S.) for a 6-week exchange as well as a commitment to implement follow-on activities upon returning home. All program travel and accommodations will be covered by Cultural Vistas.

American Reciprocal Exchange


The application for Americans to participate in a reciprocal exchange in support of Pacific Fellows’ follow-on project will be open in late 2022. Please reach out to the Cultural Vistas Program Team if you are interested in additional information:

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Goals of the Professional Fellows Program?

  1. Promote mutual understanding and lasting partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from the Pacific and the United States.
  2. Provide opportunities for non-U.S. and American emerging leaders to collaborate and share ideas, approaches, and strategies regarding pressing challenges.
  3. Enhance leadership and professional skills for both non-U.S. and American Fellows to encourage positive change in their workplaces and communities.
  4. Build a global network of like-minded professionals.

What can I expect from a PFP Fellowship?

The Professional Fellowship Program is a robust professional development opportunity, tailored to support the professional growth for every individual participant. Upon selection to the program, participants in the first Pacific Cohort (2022) will begin working collaboratively with Cultural Vistas on their fellowship placement. Each fellowship will be tailored to each Pacific Fellows to ensure alignment with their career goals. Participation will additionally require a commitment to participate in all program components, including Pre-Program virtual activities, development of a follow-on project Action Plan, participation in the Professional Fellows Congress, and implementation of a follow-on project upon return home. Fellowship placements for the second Pacific Cohort (2023) will be in late 2022, with programming to begin in March 2023.

What is the Follow-on Project Requirement?

Pacific Fellows will be encouraged to bring their experience abroad back to their own networks and communities. In doing so, each participant will be required to complete a follow-on project after the conclusion of their fellowship exchange.  Each Pacific Fellow will develop an Action Plan during the program that will be peer reviewed within their cohort. This structure will allow for participants to learn more about each other’s work and to solicit feedback from their colleagues. Following the fellowship exchange, Pacific Fellows will have the opportunity to apply for “alumni engagement funds” to support the implementation of their follow-on project. Examples of potential follow-on projects could include: building an ecommerce platform for existing business or seed funding to launch a new enterprise.

How will Pacific Fellows be selected for participation?

Fellows will be selected through a competitive process. There will be three rounds for selection – eligibility screening, application ranking, and finalist interviews. The selection committee will take into consideration each applicant’s association with the program theme and leadership experience in the Pacific. Applicants are also encourage to demonstrate their commitment to engaging in the Professional Fellows global network.

Does PFP have a COVID-19 contingency plan?

The Professional Fellows Program Oceania is scheduled to be implemented in-person in the United States. An in-person, U.S.-based exchange is contingent upon favorable travel conditions and participants’ ability to transit among ongoing travel restrictions. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 global health pandemic, PFP Oceania may be adjusted and offered as a hybrid or fully virtual program. In the event there are travel restrictions, or other factors which could adversely impact the health, safety and welfare of program participants, host organizations, and local communities, the Professional Fellows Program Oceania may postpone or pivot the planned in-person U.S.-based exchange to virtual programming. The PFP Oceania will follow available national and local public health guidance when making decisions related to proposed program activities.

What is the vaccine requirement to travel to the United States?

All participants selected as Pacific Fellows must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel to the United States for the fellowship program, per the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Proof of vaccination status must be provided to Cultural Vistas at the time of selection to the  Professional Fellows Program Oceania.

What are the Fellow Hosting Requirements?


For questions regarding the Professional Fellows Program Oceania, please contact the Cultural Vistas Program Team at


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The Professional Fellows Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by Cultural Vistas.