The 15th East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference

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The East-West Center invites graduate students from around the world to submit papers for the 15th Annual International Graduate Student Conference (EWC-IGSC) on the Asia Pacific Region, taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA from February 11-13, 2016. The Conference will provide an opportunity to share interdisciplinary perspectives formally, through presenting research papers and attending other panel presentations, and informally in the warm and encouraging environment of the East-West Center in Hawaii. Participation in the 2015 conference had broad representation of 116 graduate students from 24 nationalities, and 39 universities throughout the world. 


We are accepting abstracts until October 16, 2015. Applicants will be notified of the results of their application by November 2015. Presenters must complete both submission of the conference registration form and payment of the registration fee (US$65) by December 5, 2015.

Click here for the abstract submission form (MSWord fillable form)

Abstracts up to a maximum of 500 words in length of proposed papers are invited from intending participants at this time. Submissions are encouraged from the array of disciplines focusing on the region. Fields represented in past conferences include (and are not limited to) anthropology, area studies, business, culture, education, economics, environmental studies, ethnomusicology, geography, governance, health, history, linguistics, philosophy, politics, population, sociology, and urban & regional planning.

A limited number of travel grants, generally $100 to $200 (up to a maximum of $500) and awarded on merit, will be available for graduate students coming from overseas, the continental U.S., or from the neighboring islands of Hawaii. Due to the limited nature of this provision, potential participants are encouraged to apply for travel assistance from their home institutions or other sources available to them. Should you decide to apply for the travel grant, please complete the travel grant section on the abstract submission form. 

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page before sending your inquiries. Inquiries may be directed to

Conference Venue and Accomodation

The conference will be held at the Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, at 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848, which adjoins the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus and the East-West Center residence halls. Refer to the Conference Center website for more information.

A limited number of rooms at the East-West Center residence halls has been reserved for registered conference participants on a space available basis. Special rates will be made available for conference participants but will be applicable only from February 10 to February 15, 2015. (However, once you check out, the special rates will not be applicable if you check in again during the specified period). Make sure that you mention the International Graduate Student Conference when you reserve a room.

The rates per night for the conference participants are as follows:

Hale Manoa & Hale Kuahine
- Single room dorm - $18/night
- Double dorm room - $27/night

Lincoln Hall
- Studio room - $38/night
- Corner Studio room - $50/night
- 1 bedroom w/kitchen room - $60/night

Rent is due upon check in.

The single and double rooms (in Hale Manoa and Hale Kuahine) are dormitory style with shared bathroom/toilet facilities while the studio (in Lincoln Hall) has its own bathroom/toilet facility. Sheets/blankets/pillows are provided in the dormitories, and all of those plus towels are also provided in Lincoln Hall. None of them has air conditioning. Shared kitchen facilities and coin-operated laundry machines are available in Hale Manoa and Hale Kuahine.

Please refer to the EWC Housing website for details (including pictures of the rooms) and reservation procedure.

Participants are requested to get in touch with EWC Housing authorities directly for their accommodation reservation as well as questions thereto by email at: Please wait until you are notified about the results of abstract selection committee before making a reservation.

Past Conferences

For additional information, as well as photos, please refer to the web pages for past conferences, available in the right-hand menu.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For FAQs regarding the conference, including visitor information, conference logistics, and transportation options from the airport to the EWC, please click here.

Contact Information

The International Graduate Student Conference
c/o EWC Education Program
1601 East-West Road, Burns Hall 2089
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848
Ph. (808) 944-7549
Fax (808) 944-7070