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The ELDP is designed to identify individuals with promotion potential within insular governments and create career opportunities for them. Here are a few issues for your consideration before applying to the ELDP:

Minimum Qualifications: You must be employed with your government on a full-time basis for the past two calendar years from the date of your application. For example, if you are applying in March 2016 you must have been continuously employed by your government since March 2014. Although a bachelor’s degree is strongly recommended, it is not required. We encourage individuals employed in the areas of finance, accounting, budget, and audit to apply, although the program is open to anyone, including semi-autonomous agencies and component units.

Government Support: You must have a letter of support from your immediate supervisor as part of the application process. Be sure you allow ample time to obtain this important letter of recommendation. Also, please research and follow your government’s protocols and formal guidelines when requesting the letter of commitment from your supervisor.

Time Commitment: You must attend four, week-long training sessions to receive your Certificate of Completion. Sessions will be held one time per quarter in various locations. The first class is scheduled on Guam August 21-26, 2016. You must also complete several assignments between sessions that require a significant amount of time. Please review the attached Frequently Asked Questions and Graduation Requirements outlined in the Program Details for the complete list of training dates, details about the inter-session assignments, and requirements that must be met for graduation.

Funding: If you are accepted into the program, the Graduate School's Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives, with funding support from the Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, will fund the costs associated with your travel. It will also fund all costs associated with delivering and administering the program.

Application Process: You must submit five documents to apply for the program:

  1. Application Form. Complete the information sheet included in the application download.
  2. Letter of Intent. Compose a letter that describes your interest in the program, why you want to develop a career in public service, how you believe the ELDP will contribute to your career, and your commitment to completing the ELDP. Address the letter to the ELDP Admissions Committee.
  3. Letter of Support from Your Supervisor. Your supervisor will play a critical role in ensuring you have time to complete assignments and attend the sessions. He or she must write a letter of support indicating he/she has read the attached Questions and Answers about the ELDP and will support you in this effort. Additionally, the supervisor should describe why you are being recommended for the program and give one or two examples of your performance in your current position indicating your potential for the program and as a future leader in your government.
  4. Resume. Submit a resume that includes your formal education, professional positions, and volunteer activities. Use a format of your choice, but do not exceed two pages.
  5. Personal Biography. Provide a brief personal biography that is suitable for public release. See the biographies of the Prior ELDP Participants for examples.
  6. Optional Letter of Support from an ELDP Graduate. Optionally, ELDP applicants may include a letter of support from a prior ELDP graduate. Letters of support should explain the relationship between the ELDP applicant and ELDP graduate, and offer specific examples illustrating why the applicant will succeed in the program and in his/her career.

We will not accept an incomplete application package. All five required items listed above must be included to complete your application process. The Letter of Support from an ELDP Graduate is not required.

Your application must be received no later than April 29, 2016.

The 2016-2017 admissions screening committee will be comprised of two representatives from the Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives of the Graduate School USA. The final selection committee comprises two representatives from PITI-VITI, two representatives from the Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (DOI-OIA), and one independent reviewer. The committee will strive to create a diverse class that appropriately represents all of the insular governments, technical areas, gender, and ethnicity. You will be notified of your admission status no later than June 17, 2016.

If you have questions, please contact Stephen Latimer or Jason Aubuchon at the Graduate School's PITI-VITI program.

Please email your final, complete application applications@pitiviti.org, or sent by postal mail to:

ELDP Applications
900 Fort Street Mall, Suite1540
Honolulu, HI 96813

You will receive an e-mail notification once your application has been received. If your application has not been confirmed, or if you have any concerns whether your application has been received, please contact Stephen Latimer or Jason Aubuchon at the e-mail addresses above.


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