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Student Programs:  
Opportunities for Study & Scholarships

The East-West Center's student programs, carried out in cooperation with the University of Hawai‘i (UH), are designed to foster a shared sense of community and develop the leadership skills and regional literacy needed for regional cooperation and community building among nations. Since it was established in 1960 by the U.S. Congress, the East-West Center has supported more than 8,000 students from Asia, the Pacific, the United States, and around the world. This fall, graduate students from over 40 countries, Hawai‘i, and from across the U.S. live in residence at the Center, where they learn, work, and live together, as well as extend helping hands to the local community. Through cultural exchange, shared experiences, and collaborative preparation for future leadership roles throughout the region, the East-West Center experience creates lasting relationships and an active network of people committed to positive change.

Click on the sections and links below to learn about the different ways to become involved with the East-West Center's educational programs:

The Opportunities for Study and Scholarship flier is an overview of many of our scholarships and fellowships. Feel free to download and print it to post in your office, around campus, and share with others. hi-res PDF (1.8MB) med-res PDF (680KB) lo-res PDF (175KB)

"East-West Center Experience" links to an eight-minute video on an overview of the Center's history and mission, along with personal insights from EWC alumni about the Center's impact on their education and lives.

Leadership Initiatives organized by current students, including the International Graduate Student Conference, Wednesday Evening Seminar, and the East-West Center Participants Association.

Subscribe to our electronic newsletter to receive periodic email announcements and updates about our student scholarships & fellowships.


Scholarships and Fellowships

East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship 
Funding for graduate students with a commitment to the Asia Pacific region to participate in residential, educational, and leadership development programs at the EWC while pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Hawai‘i.
Type of study: Master's or Doctoral degree (up to 24-month fellowship).
Eligibility: Citizens or permanent residents of the United States and citizens of countries in the Pacific and Asia, including Russia. See application for complete list of eligible countries.
Provisions: Substantial funding toward education and living expenses, including tuition and fees, graduate residence hall room costs, health insurance subsidy, book allowance, and partial living stipend.
Application deadline: November 1 
For more information: scholarships@eastwestcenter.org | Frequently Asked Questions 
 

East-West Center Alumni Scholar and other Named Awards
One-year scholarships and awards, made available through the Center's alumni and friends, which support funding for graduate students with a commitment to the Asia Pacific region to participate in residential, educational, and leadership development programs at the EWC while pursuing a graduate degree
Type of study: Master's or Doctoral degree.
Eligibility: Citizens or permanent residents of the United States and citizens of countries in the Pacific and Asia.
Provisions: Variable. These awards may be made as supplements to the EWC Graduate Degree Fellowships, or as stand-alone one-year financial awards to assist with tuition or living expenses in EWC housing.
Application deadline: November 1. For consideration of these awards, applicants must complete the EWC Graduate Degree Fellowship application.
For more information: scholarships@eastwestcenter.org | Frequently Asked Questions


Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program 
Funding for graduate students to participate in residential, educational and leadership programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study in ADB-approved fields at the University of Hawai‘i.
Type of study: Master's degree (up to 24-month scholarship).
Eligibility: Applicants must be a citizen of a borrowing member country of the Asian Development Bank. Visit website for list of eligible countries.
Provisions: Tuition and fees, graduate residence hall room costs, health insurance, book allowance, living stipend, and round-trip airfare.
Application deadline: November 1 
For more information: 
http://www.adb.org/JSP and adbjsp@eastwestcenter.org | Frequently Asked Questions 
 

United States--South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP) 
Provides educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from South Pacific nations in fields of study meeting development needs in the Pacific islands region. Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.
Type of study: Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree study; educational exchange experience including participation in cultural activities, mentoring, host family and volunteer service.
Eligibility: Citizens of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
Provisions: Tuition and fees, residence hall room costs, health insurance, book allowance, living stipend, and round-trip airfare. 
Application deadline: February 1
For more information: USSP@eastwestcenter.org
 

International Scholarship Partners with the East-West Center
The Center works in partnership with ministries of education, other government agencies, and universities in the Asia Pacific to provide funding for graduate students committed to the region to participate in the residential, educational, and leadership development programs at the EWC while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawai'i.
Type of study: Master's degree or Doctoral degree.
Eligibility: Applicants must meet the requirements of the funding agency, EWC, and University of Hawai'i.
Provisions: Variable, depending on partnership arrangements. Scholarships are currently available from partner institutions in Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Application deadlines: Variable, depending on partnership requirements.
For more information:  scholarships@eastwestcenter.org 


Obuchi Student Scholarship 
Funding for graduate students to participate in residential and educational programs at the East-West Center while while pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Hawai‘i, or for study in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP).
Type of Study: Master's or Doctoral degree (up to 24-month fellowship) or APLP.
Eligibility: Residents of Okinawa, Japan, who have the intention of returning to contribute to its development needs.
Provisions: Substantial funding toward education and living expenses, including tuition and fees, graduate residence hall room costs, health insurance subsidy, book allowance, and partial living stipend.
Application Deadline for Obuchi Student Scholarship:  November 1for Master's or Doctoral applicants; December 1 for APLP
For more information:  scholarships@eastwestcenter.org | Frequently Asked Questions  

 

Affiliation Programs

East-West Center Student Affiliate Program 
An opportunity for University of Hawai‘i graduate students and graduate students coming to Hawai‘i on official exchange programs to participate in the Center's residential, educational, leadership, and cultural programs.
Type of study: Participation in EWC programs focused on creating an Asia Pacific community through dialogue, educational and cultural activities, and public outreach.
Eligibility: Full-time graduate student status at the University of Hawai‘i, or participation in a graduate-level exchange program. Open to students from all countries with research interests in the Asia Pacific region.
Provisions: Discounted housing rate in EWC residence halls; eligible for competitive EWC field-study/travel grant awards.
Application deadline: November 1 for spring semester start; May 1 for fall semester start.
For more information: studentaffiliate@eastwestcenter.org


East-West Center Affiliate Scholar Program 
An opportunity for graduate students from universities and institutions around the world to have a short-term affiliation with the Center while working on research for a thesis or dissertation related to the Asia Pacific region. Applicants may apply to the EWC, or through partner organizations including the Thai Research Fund and China Scholarship Council (see below).
Type of study: Intensive research for Master's or Doctoral students for a few months up to one year; participation in the Center's residential and educational programs. 
Eligibility: Graduate students from universities worldwide, to work on research for a thesis or dissertation related to the Asia Pacific region.
Provisions: Research library access, and discounted housing rate in EWC graduate residence halls. Partner organizations determine other provisions.
Application deadline: Applications are received year-round and affiliation is arranged individually. For partnerships, applicants must meet their funding organization deadlines.
For more information: affiliatescholar@eastwestcenter.org
 

China Scholarship Council - East-West Center Joint Affiliate Scholar Program 
An opportunity to visit the East-West Center and University of Hawaii while engaging in research as a doctoral student, funded by the China Scholarship Council
Type of Study: Intensive research for one semester to one year; participation in EWC programs focused on creating an Asia Pacific community through research, dialogue, educational and cultural activities.
Eligibility: Citizens of the People's Republic of China who are PhD students from universities in China to work on research for a thesis or dissertation. Priority given to graduate students with research interests in the Asia Pacific region.
Provisions: Research library access and discounted housing rate in EWC graduate residence halls.
Application deadline: January 15 for application to the East-West Center. Successful applicants will be invited to apply for funding from the China Scholarship Council with deadline for funding application of April 5.
For more information: affiliatescholar@eastwestcenter.org
 

Contact Information

East-West Center
Award Services Office
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848-1601 USA
Tel:  (808) 944-7735 | Fax:  (808) 944-7730 | Email:  scholarships@eastwestcenter.org