Pacific Leaders' Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-LEADS)

1. Background

In May 2015, the Japanese government hosted the 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7), where the Leaders of Japan and Pacific Islands Counties agreed to enhance cooperation with a central focus on the following areas: (1) disaster risk reduction; (2) climate change; (3) the environment; (4) people-to-people exchanges; (5) sustainable development (including human resource development); (6) oceans, maritime issues, and fisheries; and (7) trade, investment, and tourism.

With regard to sustainable development, Japanese Prime Minister Abe announced the launch of a new program entitled the Pacific Leaders' Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-LEADS) in recognition of the importance of fostering upcoming generations, who will play a key role in creating the future of these countries.

2. Objective

Pacific-LEADS aims to foster young leaders who play a vital role towards the resolution of development challenges in Pacific Islands Countries, as well as to further strengthen the relationships between their countries and Japan.

3. Target Participants

Main target participants are government officials/civil servants of the target countries. In some cases, persons from the private sectors and educators are also considered.

4. Eligible Applicants

  1. Citizens of any 14 Pacific Islands Countries
  2. Between 22 and 39 years old (as of April 1st, 2016)
  3. A bachelor's degree
  4. Obtain permission for application and securing reinstatement from their current organizations.
  5. Have adequate English proficiency, both in written and oral communication (IELTS score of over 5.5 is preferred)
  6. Clearly understand the objectives of the Pacific-LEADS, and to have a strong will to contribute to resolving development issues in their organizations while strengthening ties with Japan after returning to their countries
  7. Not currently applying or planning to apply to scholarship programs offered by other organizations
  8. Have good health condition, both physically and mentally, to complete the program
  9. Attend the activities on the weekends in unavoidable circumstances (ex. official exam)

5. Number of Participants/ Durations

Participants will be selected and dispatched to Japan in 3 batches and the number of participants for each batch is planned as follows.

  • 1st batch (arrival in Japan in 2016): 34 participants from 14 countries
  • 2nd batch (arrival in Japan in 2017): 33 participants from 14 countries
  • 3rd batch (arrival in Japan in 2017): 33 participants from 14 countries

It is expected that the duration of stay in Japan will be a maximum of 2.5 years. (6 months as a research student, 2 years as a student for master course)

6. Application Documents for 3rd Batch

Past Math Exams (For Reference)

7. Inquiry

JICA HQ
University Partnership Division
Domestic Strategy and Partnership Department
Nibancho Center Building 5-25, Niban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo,JAPAN, 102-8012
Tel: +81-03-5226-8342, 8380 E-mail: tatuc-p-leads@jica.go.jp


JICA Fiji Office *For Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu
Level8, BSP Suva Central Building, Corner of Pratt Street & Renwick Road, Suva, Fiji
(Postal Address: JICA Private Mailbag, Suva, Fiji)
Tel: +679-3302522 E-mail: jicafj-recept@jica.go.jp

JICA/JOCV Marshall Islands Office
1st Floor, PII Complex, Delap Village, Majuro Atoll, MH 96960 REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS
(Postal Address: P.O.Box F, Majuro, MH 96960, REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS)
Tel:(692)625-5437/5438 E-mail: ma_oso_rep@jica.go.jp

JICA Micronesia Office
3rd Floor Martin's Building Kaselelieh Street, Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941, The Federated States of MICRONESIA
(Postal Address: P.O.Box G, Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941, The Federated States of MICRONESIA)
Tel: (691) 320-5350 E-mail: mn_oso_rep@jica.go.jp

JICA Palau Office
George Ngirarsaol Commercial Building, Koror, REPUBLIC OF PALAU 96940
(Postal Address: P.O.Box 6047, Koror, REPUBLIC OF PALAU 96940)
Tel: (680)-488-5370/3 E-mail: pa_oso_rep@jica.go.jp

JICA Papua New Guinea Office
2nd Floor, PWC Haus, Harbour City, Port Moresby, NCD, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
(Postal Address: P.O.Box 1660, Port Moresby, N.C.D., PAPUA NEW GUINEA)
Tel:+675-321-2677 E-mail: pn_oso_rep@jica.go.jp

JICA Samoa Office *For Samoa, Cook Islands and Niue
Level 3, Building B, SNPF PLAZA, Beach Road, Savalalo, Apia Samoa
(Postal Address: P.O.Box No.1625, Apia, SAMOA)
Tel: +685-22572 E-mail: sm_oso_rep@jica.go.jp

JICA Solomon Office
1st Floor, SMI Building, Town Ground, Mendana Avenue, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS
(Postal Address: P.O.Box 2046, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS)
Tel: +677 24170/24174 E-mail: si_oso_rep@jica.go.jp

JICA Tonga Office
Level 3, National Reserve Bank of Tonga Building, Salote Road, Fasi-moe-Afi, Nuku'alofa, KINGDOM OF TONGA
(Postal Address: P.O.Box 413, Nuku'alofa, KINGDOM OF TONGA)
Tel: +676-23072 E-mail: to_oso_rep@jica.go.jp

JICA Vanuatu Office
4th Floor, Air Vanuatu Building, Rue de Paris, Port Vila, VANUATU
(Postal Address : Private Mail Bag 9005, Port Vila, VANUATU)
Tel:+678-23546 / 24254 E-mail: va_oso_rep@jica.go.jp

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