Obuchi Student Scholarship

Obuchi Student Scholarships provide funding for graduate level study to participate in educational, cultural, residential and leadership development programs at the East-West Center while pursuing a Master's or PhD degree at the University of Hawai‘i, or for study in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP).

Fall 2015 Obuchi Scholarship Application for the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP)

New 2015 Obuchi Student with EWC Adjunct Project Specialist, Bob Nakasone

The Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) is the center of excellence for leadership education in Asia Pacific and a signature program of the East-West Center. The program links advanced and interdisciplinary analysis of emergent regional issues with experiential leadership learning. APLP graduates leave the East-West Center with an expanded regional perspective. They are knowledgeable about the societies and issues of the Asia Pacific region and empowered to exercise leadership and promote cooperation in a variety of cultural, geographical and institutional environments.

Each year, APLP participants join from approximately 20 different countries around the globe and from every type of academic and professional background (medicine, international relations, business, relief/aid, law enforcement, education, etc.). All APLP Fellows will have at least a 4 year Bachelor's degree, and 56% of each class will also have completed a Master's degree prior to entering the program. Click here for application materials and application deadline.

Fall 2016 Obuchi Student Scholarship Application Documents for Master's or Doctoral Degree Study

Recent Obuchi students
Recent Obuchi students

Obuchi Student Scholarships support Okinawan students for master's or doctoral degree study at the University of Hawai'i in fields deemed beneficial to Okinawan development needs, and to participate in the East-West Center's programs and activities.

Deadline:  The Obuchi Student Scholarship application for MA and PhD degree study beginning August 2016 must be postmarked by November 1, 2015 (or following Monday if deadline falls on a weekend).

Application Packet (includes program information, eligibility requirements instructions and forms) [form-fillable pdf]  [form-fillable doc]

To download the application forms as separate files, click below:

  1. Steps for Submitting an Acceptable GDF application [pdf]  [doc]
  2. Application Overview [pdf]  [doc]
  3. Application Checklist [pdf]  [doc]
  4. Application Form Instructions [pdf]  [doc
  5. Application Form [form-fillable pdf]  [form-fillable doc]
  6. Application Essay Instructions [pdf]  [doc]
  7. Letter of Reference Form & Instructions [form-fillable pdf]  [form-fillable doc]
  8. Letter of Reference for Community Service Form & Instructions
    [form-fillable pdf]  [form-fillable doc]
  9. Verification of Funds for Additional Expenses Form
    [form-fillable pdf]  [form-fillable doc]

Fall 2016 UH Graduate Degree Application Documents (updated August 2016)

(to be submitted with the East-West Center Obuchi application forms; see the UHM Office of Graduate Education website for these and other forms)

Attention:  Applicants seeking admission to any Business program at the Master's level or to the Law Program should not use the Graduate Admission Application Form. The application form for these fields must be obtained from the respective programs.

  • UH Notice to Applicants [pdf]
  • UH Graduate Admissions Application Instructions [pdf]
  • UH Graduate Admissions Application (includes the UH Credit Card Payment Form for those applying for independent consideration) [pdf]
  • UH Statement of Objectives Form [pdf]

The Obuchi Student Experience:  Alumni Perspectives

Click here to read testimonials from Obuchi alumni.

Contact Us

Obuchi Program Advisor

Professor Munehiro Machida, East-West Center Obuchi Program Advisor, and EWC alumnae Ms. Junko Itokazu are available to meet with applicants who wish to learn more about the Obuchi Program and opportunities at the East-West Center.

Professor Munehiro Machida
Center for Migration Studies,
Faculty of Law & Letters
University of the Ryukyus, Nishihara
Okinawa 903-0213, Japan
Tel. 098-895-8269
Ms. Junko Itokazu
Obuchi Program Okinawa PR Desk
NPO Okinawa Language Center

East-West Center Award Services Staff

For specific questions regarding the application forms or process, please contact: Please put the Obuchi Student Scholarship in your subject line, in order to facilitate a quick response.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Obuchi Student Scholarship.