Fully-funded The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship For Local and Selected International Students at the University of Hawaii in the USA, 2024

Written by catherine.caoile on August 10, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United States
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Master's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

    Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam
  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Travel and visa costs, Insurance, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    [email protected]

The Graduate Degree Fellowship by the East-West Center is now available for application. The fellowship is to fund masters and doctoral students from selected regions in the United States, Asia, and the Pacific. The fellowship support will enable the students to engage in cultural, educational, and leadership developments at the East-West Center while they pursue their advanced studies at the University of Hawaii.

As an East-West Center (EWC) fellow at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), the experience extends well beyond mere financial assistance. It entails the cultivation of a communal spirit within the context of the Asia-Pacific region while preparing for forthcoming leadership responsibilities.

This unity is fostered through a variety of endeavors, including collaborative team-building exercises, leadership initiatives, practical internships, cultural exchange programs, in-depth study of the Asia-Pacific region, educational assemblies, and contributions to the community through various service activities. By engaging in these multifaceted activities, graduate student fellows of EWC create lasting bonds and affiliations. These connections are forged within a network of like-minded individuals who share a common dedication to instigating positive transformations within the Asia-Pacific domain.

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Source: The East-West Center

Scholarship Provider: The East-West Center 

About the Provider 

In 1960, the United States Congress founded the East-West Center to serve as a national educational institution. Its primary objective is to cultivate improved relations and enhanced mutual comprehension among the populations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific islands. This mission is achieved through a spectrum of collaborative initiatives encompassing scholarly exploration, skill development, and scholarly investigation. By the year 2032, the East-West Center, working in conjunction with its partners, has evolved into a preeminent establishment within the Indo-Pacific region. Its central focus is on cultivating and empowering a dynamic network of leaders dedicated to addressing shared challenges of utmost importance.

University of Hawaii 

Located in the lively Pacific region, the University of Hawai’i is a distinguished establishment that offers an educational experience filled with cultural immersion and dynamic engagement. Renowned for its extensive range of academic programs and pioneering research initiatives, UH provides students with a unique combination of traditional wisdom and modern innovation, creating a distinctive blend that enriches the learning journey.

The university demonstrates a steadfast dedication to nurturing worldwide comprehension and tackling vital challenges both regionally and globally, UH stands as a central point for cross-cultural cooperation, environmental consciousness, and in-depth exploration of the Asia-Pacific realm. UH, students reap the advantages of an all-embracing and encouraging community, a faculty of international distinction, and the opportunity to experience unmatched natural beauty. These factors combine to establish UH as a prime location for both academic distinction and personal development.

Scholarship Summary

  • Applicant’s Nationality: Pacific Region, United States, Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia
  • Degree Level: Master and PhD
  • Field: Any Eligible Fields
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Duration: NA
  • Scholarship Awards: Fully-funded
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Offered Annually: Yes

Scholarship Eligibility 

Before proceeding with the application the interested students must meet the eligibility criteria of the fellowship program:

  • Applicants for graduate programs must possess a 4-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized U.S. college or university, or an accredited institution of higher education abroad.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (4.0=A scale) or its equivalent is generally required for consideration.
  • This GPA requirement applies to the last four semesters or six quarters of the undergraduate academic history, as well as all subsequent post-baccalaureate coursework.
  • Must have good communication skills in oral and written English.
  • The fields must be relevant to the objective and goals of the East-west Center.
  • Must be a permanent resident or citizen of the eligible countries listed on the official website of the provider.
  • An offer of admission to a master’s or Ph.D. program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is a prerequisite for applicants.
  • Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree or its equivalent, accompanied by a strong academic track record.
  • At the time of application, candidates are required to have accumulated two years of full-time professional experience.
  • Applicants should not exceed 35 years of age unless they are seeking enrollment in a program designed for senior officials and managers, in which case the age limit may extend to 45 years.
  • Applicants must be in a state of good health.
  • Applicants are required to commit to returning to their home country upon completion of their degree.

Application Process 

  • If not currently enrolled as a classified graduate student at UH Mānoa, an application to the university for the upcoming fall semester is necessary by December 1.
  • The University of Hawai‘i’s online application system (https://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/) becomes available on August 1 annually for the subsequent year’s admissions.
  • For the EWC application to be promptly processed, it’s essential to have all supporting documents submitted by January 10. This applies to both your UH admissions office and departmental applications, even if the UH departmental deadline extends beyond that date.
  • The applicants must submit an admission application to the University of Hawaii.

Required Documents 

As part of the application process, the applicants must provide the following documents to better support their application:

  • Personal Statement
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Official transcript of records
  • IELTS or TOEFL score


  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation
  • Stipend/Living Expenses are estimated at up to $350 monthly or $4,200 annually.
  • Incidental Expenses
  • Allowance for books and other related materials
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Travel expenses

Limited assistance will be provided such as:

  • Spouse dormitory space
  • The Center’s residence halls are not authorized to house minors. From the second semester of the award, a degree fellow with a family living off-campus is entitled to an off-campus housing allowance equal to the single room rate in the East-West Center residence hall.
  • Beyond the outlined assistance, the degree fellow assumes all financial responsibilities concerning the spouse and children.

Application Deadline

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until December 1, 2023.

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