Pacific Academic Excellence (PAE) Awards at University of South Pacific

Study at the University of South Pacific on this Scholarship. The Pacific Academic Excellence (PAE) Awards at the USP is now open. 

Pacific Academic Excellence (PAE) Awards at University of South Pacific
Pacific Academic Excellence (PAE) Awards at University of South Pacific 

The University offers the Pacific Academic Excellence Award to students from member countries to  promoting and rewarding merit-based academic excellence from the region. The award covers USP Undergraduate studies for 3 years (3 years programme) and 4 years (for 4 years programme).

Member Countries

Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshalls Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands,Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu to pursue studies at either of the University’s main campuses; Laucala (Fiji), Emalus (Vanuatu) or Samoa.


Number of Awards Available

15 awards. 

I.  Highest achiever in the Year 13 National Exam  (12 Awards)

II.  Arts, Commerce and Science streams (3 awards)

Award Cover

The PAE covers the following under the award;

  1. Return Airfare (Regional Candidate), Economy Class to campus of study at the beginning of the year and return at the end of the year or unless terminated earlier.
  2. Monthly living allowance of FJD 1000.00 from February to November unless early exit.
  3.  Book allowance of FJD 500 per semester, payable to the USP Book Centre
  4. Accommodation cost up to FJD 1200.00 per semester, payable to the USP Halls of Residence.
  5.  Tuition cost, payable to USP
  6. Ancillary Fees (General Service Fee, Health Fee)

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must be a citizen and current year 13 student at any USP member country and attempt the Year 13 National Exam or its equivalence on the same year to be considered for the following year.

 For USP Foundation students, they must be enrolled into any of the Foundation Streams and complete 8 courses in the same year before being considered.

Opening and Closing Dates

Candidates are selected in January of every year.

Application Process

The University Scholarship Office liaises with the member country's Ministry of Education or the National Examination board. The highest aggregate achiever is then identified and finalized as the candidate for the scholarship. USP or the MOE will contact the candidate to make the offer.

COVID-19 Restrictions

Due to the current travel restrictions and boarder closure, the University has set in place some conditions and restrictions. Contact the Scholarship Officer. 

For any queries, please contact:

  • Ruveni Gacala – Scholarship Officer
  • Student Administrative Services, Laucala Campus
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +679 32 31066 or +679 32 31444

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