Pacific Resiliency Fellowship Program Application

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Kupu is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.  In Hawaiian, the word kupu means “to sprout, grow, germinate, or increase.”  Kupu's mission is to bring life back to the people, land, and ocean while restoring the larger community for a better tomorrow.  Founded in 2007, Kupu provides service-learning programs in industries like conservation, renewable energy, agriculture, and sustainability.  Through these initiatives, Kupu aims to teach youth vital work skills as well as leadership, responsibility and learning to serve the community, incorporating vocational training, educational degree achievement and service learning.


Pacific Resiliency Fellows (PRF) is an international fellowship program that brings together promising future leaders who work on conservation or sustainability initiatives throughout the Pacific region. The goal of the program is to support the development of resilient communities by mentoring early to mid-career professionals to become strong leaders and empowered social entrepreneurs. The PRF Program will also give a voice to smaller communities and grow the capacity of the next generation of leaders to positively impact Island Earth.


PRF is best suited for emerging leaders who are in the early to middle stages of their careers, and have shown exceptional aptitude, character, leadership, and sense of stewardship for the earth and their communities.  In year one we will connect fellows from across the Pacific, including American Samoa, Guam, Hawaiʻi, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and Rapa Nui.


Throughout the program, fellows will progress through a diverse curriculum and engage with one another through web conferences, calls and blogs as they work in their respective communities.  All PRFs will be provided with:

              • Field-based learning
              • Leadership training and development
              • Action plan development and implementation
              • Strategic communication design and practice
              • Individualized mentorship
              • Peer-to-peer network building
              • In-person training in Hawaiʻi 


Applicants should be in the early to middle stages of their career and approximately 26-40 years old, though individuals outside this age range will also be considered.  Applicants must reside in one of the following Pacific communities:

              • American Samoa
              • Guam
              • Hawaiʻi
              • Northern Mariana Islands
              • Palau
              • Rapa Nui

The cost to participate in the PRF program is $2,500.  All airfare, lodging, food, ground transportation, and any other activity costs will be covered by the program.  Scholarships may be available for those who are unable to contribute the full amount.


Prior to submitting this application, you must review the Program Description and Applicant Requirements on the Kupu website.  All applications will be considered incomplete until all parts have been received. 


If you have any questions about the PRF program or this application form, please contact Elia Herman at (808)735-1221 ext. 1020 or


The deadline for this application is 11:59PM HST March 1st, 2018.

The deadline to receive all references is 11:59PM HST March 7th, 2018.


Applicant Information

Referral Source

Short Answer Questions

These questions assist Kupu with gaining a deeper perspective about you.  Each short answer should not exceed 2-3 paragraphs.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae & References

Applicants must have two letters of recommendation submitted by March 7th, 2018.  References must be non-relatives.  Once you submit this application, the references listed will receive an email containing a link to complete an electronic reference form.   If they are not received, your application will be considered incomplete.  For information only, a copy of the questions can be found here.

Participation & Tuition

IMPORTANT:  Applicants must submit a letter of verification from their organization or sponsor on official letterhead certifying that they agree to 1) Allow the applicant's full participation in the Pacific Resiliency Fellows program and 2) Pay the tuition rate of $2,500 if the applicant is selected. 

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Qualified applicants with disabilities who can perform the essential functions of the position are encouraged to apply.  Kupu is committed to making reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis.


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