EWC Graduate Degree Fellowship
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 Hawai‘i at Mānoa (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 Asia-Pacific community and prepare for future leadership roles,
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EWC Graduate Degree Fellowship
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 graduate degree fellowship covers the cost of general tuition and fees for UHM graduate programs, books, housing in an East-West Center dormitory, and partial funding toward meals, health insurance, and incidental expenses. Funding for field study and conference presentations is offered on a competitive basis during the fellow’s period of study.
The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship invites applications from:
- Citizens or permanent residents of the United States
- Citizens of countries in the Pacific and Asia, including Russia
Priority in the student selection process is given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to the Asia Pacific region.
Basic Provisions of the EWC Graduate Degree Fellowship
The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship provides the following funding:
- Full-time graduate tuition and fees up to the equivalent of the general tuition charged for post-baccalaureate students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa toward master’s or doctoral studies;
- Housing in an East-West Center residence hall, based on single occupancy;
- A stipend to partially cover food and incidental expenses;
- An allowance for books, materials and supplies; and
- Subsidy toward health insurance coverage.
All provisions above are subject to change.
Recipients of the fellowship who are single or married with no accompanying dependents below 18 years of age are required to reside in Center dormitories. Individuals with minor dependent children cannot be accommodated in on-campus facilities and must reside off-campus. (Pets are not allowed in these dormitories.) Further information about the EWC residence halls may be found at our Housing Office website.
Length of Award
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.
Degree fellows who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are required to come to the Center on the Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa and are subject to all provisions of the U.S. State Department’s Exchange Visitor Program.
The intent of the Exchange Visitor Program is to have participants return to their home countries upon program completion to share and apply the knowledge and experience gained during their program at the Center. Exchange visitors on East-West Center sponsorship are required to return to their home country for an aggregate period of two years after completing their exchange visitor program. Graduate degree fellows (except for those on ADB-JSP scholarship) are eligible to apply for post-completion academic training upon completion of their degree program. For further information contact the East-West Center Visa Office at email@example.com.
Funding for a Second Degree
East-West Center degree fellows who have completed either an undergraduate or graduate degree under other Center sponsorship may apply for another fellowship administered by the Center for which they meet the eligibility requirements. But please note: an individual can receive the Graduate Degree Fellowship for no more than a total of 24 months. Grantees who receive a one-year GDF award are eligible to apply for another one-year fellowship. They may however, have a lower priority during the selection consideration having already been supported by the Center for one degree.
The Center provides limited assistance in the following ways:
- During the period of the fellowship, the Center may arrange dormitory space for the spouse by providing a double room beginning the second semester of the award. The degree fellow is responsible for the additional cost of a double room beyond the single-rate room.
- If a degree fellow is joined by dependent children below the age of 18, the family must reside off-campus as the Center’s residence halls are not allowed to house minors. Beginning the second semester of the award, the degree fellow living off-campus with family is eligible for an off-campus housing allowance equivalent to the rate of the single room in the East-West Center residence hall.
- The degree fellow is responsible for all other costs for the spouse and children.
Estimated Expenses Beyond the Provisions of the Fellowship:
- Living expenses beyond the fellowship are estimated at $350 per month, or $4,200/year.
- Cost-sharing for health insurance (if participant selects a health insurance plan that costs more than the health insurance subsidy).
- Travel to and from home country and Honolulu.
Degree fellows are responsible for all personal and academic expenses not covered by the Center fellowship.
Students are encouraged to seek and obtain financial support for one or more of the above categories from other sources where possible. The availability of funding from other sources should be noted in the appropriate section of the online application.
Policy on Work: A student may request permission to work on campus to earn funds that can contribute toward meeting living expenses. Under certain circumstances, students may be eligible to work additional hours during official school breaks and school vacations.
Travel Grants: Subject to funding availability, funding for field study and conference presentations is offered to degree fellows on a competitive basis during their study period.
EWC Graduate Degree Fellowship