Young Academics Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference for Young Academics Program


  1. Introduction

The Young Academics Program aims to empower future leaders through a comprehensive 15-month course that combines theoretical knowledge grounded in biblical and Pasifika indigenous knowledge philosophies and practical attachments in iTaukei communities. This program is designed to nurture a new generation of passionate, knowledgeable, and committed leaders to making a difference in their communities. The programme is coordinated by the Regional Institute for Leadership Development of the Pacific Theological College. The training programme is based in Suva, Fiji.


  1. Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must meet the following criteria to be considered for the program:


Age: Between 18 to 35 years old.

Education: Completed Form 6 level.

Passion for Learning: Demonstrated enthusiasm for acquiring new knowledge and skills.

Growth Mentality: Possess a mindset geared towards continuous improvement and development.

Community Passion: Show a solid commitment to positively impacting their community.

Language Skills: Ability to speak and write in English; conversant in vernacular languages.

Commitment: Willingness to fully engage and complete the 15-month program.


  1. Program Structure

The Young Academics Program consists of two main components:


Theoretical Component: Four weeks of intensive theory classes in Project Management as part of the Pasifika Leadership and Resilience Diploma. This segment runs from July 2 to July 26, 2024.

Practical Attachments: Real-world application of learned skills through practical attachments in various iTaukei communities, providing hands-on experience and community engagement.

They will also undertake the Certificate in Ecological Resilience and Intemerate Accounting.


  1. Orientation Program

A one-week orientation program will be conducted from June 23 to June 28, 2024, providing participants with:

  • An overview of the program structure and objectives
  • Introduction to faculty and programme mentors
  • Essential preparatory sessions to ensure readiness for the program.


  1. Program Benefits

Participants will receive comprehensive support, including:


Financial Coverage: All expenses related to tuition, accommodation, meals, and transportation will be fully covered.

Quality Education: Access high-quality education and training in project management and leadership.

Community Engagement: Opportunities to engage directly with iTaukei communities and apply learned skills in real-world settings.

Networking: Building connections with peers, mentors, and community leaders.


  1. Application Process

Interested candidates must:

Submit a completed application letter with a Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Provide proof of meeting the educational requirements (Form 6 completion).

Demonstrate language proficiency in English and vernacular.

Write a personal statement expressing your passion for learning, growth, and community involvement.

We are only looking for ten candidates.


  1. Commitment

Participants are expected to:


  • Attend all scheduled classes and practical sessions.
  • Engage actively in community attachments.
  • Complete all assignments and assessments.
  • Adhere to program guidelines and timelines.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and dedication throughout the 15 months.


  1. Conclusion

The Young Academics Program is a unique opportunity for aspiring leaders to enhance their skills, gain practical experience, and contribute to their communities. With all expenses covered and a robust support system, participants will be well-equipped to make meaningful contributions and drive positive change.


For more information, contact the program coordinator.

Contact Information:


Phone: 8901174