The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship provides master’s and doctoral funding for graduate students from Asia, the Pacific, and the United States to participate in educational, cultural, residential community building, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM).
Undertaking degree studies at UHM through an East-West Center fellowship is not merely about receiving a financial aid scholarship. Since the basic purpose of the East-West Center is to build a sense of the Asia-Pacific community and prepare for future leadership roles, EWC graduate student fellows live together and interact with each other in both intellectual and social activities. They are, from the very outset, an identifiable group committed to the notion of building an Asia-Pacific community.
Through team-building activities, leadership development projects and internships, learning about the Asia Pacific region, cultural exchange, educational enrichment gatherings, community service, and service-learning projects, EWC graduate degree fellows establish friendships and lifelong ties to a network of people committed to positive change in the Asia Pacific region.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa is a public land-grant research university in Manoa, a neighborhood in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. It is the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii system and houses the main offices of the system.
U.H. offers over 200-degree programs across 17 colleges and schools. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and governed by the Hawaii State Legislature and a semi-autonomous board of regents. It is also a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, which represents 50 research universities across 16 countries.
UH Manoa, the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii System, is a four-year research university consisting of 17 schools and colleges. In addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees in the School of Architecture, School of Earth Science and Technology, the College of Arts, Languages, and Letters, the Shidler College of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Engineering, the university also maintains professional schools in law and medicine.
Together, the colleges and schools of the university offer bachelor’s degrees in 93 fields of study, master’s degrees in 84 fields, doctoral degrees in 51 fields, first professional degrees in 5 fields, post-baccalaureate degrees in three fields, 28 undergraduate certification programs, and 29 graduate certification programs.
The National Science Foundation ranked UH Manoa 45th among 395 public universities for Research and Development (R&D) expenditures in the fiscal year 2014.
According to U.S. News & World Report‘s rankings for 2021, UH Manoa was tied at 170th overall and 159th for “Best Value” among national universities; tied at 83rd among public universities; and tied at 145th for its undergraduate engineering program among schools that confer doctorates.
- Applicants for graduate programs must have obtained a 4-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited U.S. college or university
- Applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0
- For international students to apply
- Domestic United States students can apply as well, however, international students will have main priority first
- Both male and female students may apply
- Since this is a post-doctorate scholarship that means a student can be studying any field that follows within the university’s conditions and requirements
- Students will need a student visa is they are not originally from the United States
Students can be from any of these places:
- 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
- Southeast Asia: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
- South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
- East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Russia, Taiwan
- Africa: Botswana, Niger, Nigeria, Ghana
Students will need to show that in the last four semesters or six quarters of the undergraduate record and in all post-baccalaureate work is able to be shown via transcript.
All applicants will need all of their transcripts and any academic published work that may exist. The more a student has every bit of information they have to provide, the better.
How to Apply
Since this scholarship is s competition win, that means an international student is simply picked up by the staff after they have sent in their scholarship application. The only way to do this is to fill out their admissions to the university first.
Then a student can fill out a scholarship East-West form after they have been granted admission.
If a student is not already enrolled as a classified graduate student at UH Manoa, they must apply to the university for the following fall semester by December 1, 2022.
To ensure timely processing of everyone’s EWC application and supporting documents for both UH admissions office and department applications must be completed by January 10, 2022, regardless of whether the UH departmental deadline falls after that date.
Reward – Extra Benefits
EWC Graduate Degree Fellowships are granted on an annual basis. These grants are made initially for twelve months but may be renewed an additional year, subject to funding availability, and timely and satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree and fulfillment of East-West Center requirements.
The total award length may be less than 24 months, depending on the academic status of the student at the time the award is given and the time necessary to complete degree requirements.
- Living expenses beyond the fellowship are estimated at $350 per month or $4,200/year.
- Cost-sharing for health insurance (if the participant selects a health insurance plan that costs more than the health insurance subsidy).
- Travel to and from home country and Honolulu.
The deadline time for this scholarship is in July since residency begins in mid-August.
While students can apply for this scholarship, they also can apply to more to help pay off more expenses, check to see what United States scholarships are available.
Open Submission Window Time Frame
The open submission window time frame is from February – to July 2022. Students can ask for an extension if they are in need of a student visa to study in Hawaii.
This is an annual scholarship that picks a group of applicants each year to enter the mid-August residency.