Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Postgraduate (masters, PhD)
Provider: East-West Center
Country to Study in: Hawaii, USA
The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship provides Master’s and Doctoral funding for graduate students from Asia (including Russia), the Pacific, and the U.S. to participate in educational and research programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawaii.
Through East-West Center affiliation, awardees become part of a growing network of students and alumni forging the shape and substance of the world’s most vibrant region.
The fellowships are provided for postgraduate degree study at the University of Hawaii and participation in the Center’s international and intercultural programs.
- Applicants submit both the application for East-West Center Graduate Fellowship and the graduate admissions application to the University of Hawaii to the East-West Center Award Services Office. Applications must be postmarked by the November 1 deadline.
- Applicants already enrolled as classified graduate students at the University of Hawai‘i submit only the East-West Center Graduate Fellowship application
- Required tests include the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for applicants from non-English speaking countries, and the GRE or GMAT for all applicants as required by university departments.
- Award recipients who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must meet exchange visitor (J-1 visa) requirements.
Beyond fulfilling degree requirements at the University of Hawai‘i, East-West Center students are required to take part in the Center’s education program. These requirements include:
- Core Program that meets weekly during the fall semester.
- Spring Core Issues Course, which will consist of a series of presentations and small-group discussions.
- Community Service. Degree Fellows are expected to devote 90 hours to community service during their award period.
- Involvement in an EWC Research Project.
- Interdisciplinary Certificate. Students not involved in an EWC research project must pursue one of several interdisciplinary certificates.
- Language Requirement. Degree Fellows who are native speakers of English from USA, Australia or New Zealand must demonstrate proficiency in an Asian/Pacific language or complete four semesters of language coursework.
- Monthly Report to the Associate Dean
Citizens or permanent residents of the USA or a country listed below:
- Southeast Asia: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand Vietnam
- East Asia: China (Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland, Taiwan), Japan, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of, Korea, Republic of, Mongolia, Russia.
- South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
- Pacific Region: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna Islands.
University of Hawaii and East West Center, USA
Fields of study
Priority in the student selection process is given to applicants seeking degrees in fields of study related to research themes at the East-West Center, focusing on topics in economics; environmental change, vulnerability and governance; politics and security; and population and health, at a local, national and/or regional level in the Asia Pacific region.
The Center also welcomes applications in other fields of study on issues of common concern among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific and the United States.
Degree fellows have opportunities to participate in the Center’s graduate certificate programs offered in leadership studies, international cultural studies, population studies, and conflict resolution that enhance their degree studies.
Other opportunities include invited participation in the Center’s research projects in several areas of international study including politics, governance and security, economics, environmental change, population and health, education, and Pacific islands development.
Number of Awards
The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship provides funding toward:
- Master's degrees (up to 24-month fellowship)
- Doctoral degrees (up to 48-month fellowship)
Provides funding toward Master’s degrees (up to 24-month fellowship) and Doctoral degrees (up to 48-month fellowship) at the University of Hawaii as well as funding for graduate certificate programs and research projects at East-West Center.
Fellowship provisions include tuition and fees, graduate residence hall room costs, health insurance, book allowance, and partial living stipend.
Competitive supplemental awards and field study/travel grant awards are available to EWC Graduate Degree fellows.
Method of Application
Download the EWC Graduate Degree Fellowship Application Packet and the Fall UH Graduate Degree Application Documents (see official website via link below).
You have until 1 November to mail your application to the East-West Center for studies beginning in Fall 2012.
Your application does not have to reach the Center by November 1, you only need to show evidence that you have mailed your application by November 1.
Application forms and additional information may be obtained from:
Graduate Degree Fellowships
Award Services Office
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848-1601; USA
Application Deadline: 1 November EVERY YEAR
Open to International students: Yes
More Scholarship Information and Application
Related: EWC page on USIEF (external website)