Obuchi Student Scholarship

2012 Obuchi Students


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)

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. The average age of the APLP Fellows is 32 (though the range is 27 - 52), with an average of approximately 5 to 8 years of professional work experience. Click here for APLP application materials and application deadline.

Fall 2015 Obuchi Student Scholarship Application Documents for Master's or Doctoral Degree Study

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:  Obuchi Student Scholarship Application for MA and PhD degree study must be postmarked by November 3, 2014.

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. Application Overview [pdf] [doc]
  2. Application Checklist [pdf] [doc]
  3. Application Form Instructions [pdf] [doc
  4. Application Form [form-fillable pdf] [form-fillable doc]
  5. Application Essay Instructions [pdf] [doc]
  6. Letter of Reference Form [form-fillable pdf] [form-fillable doc]
  7. Letter of Reference for Community Service Form
    [form-fillable pdf] [form-fillable doc]
  8. Verification of Funds for Additional Expenses Form [form-fillable pdf] [form-fillable doc]
Fall 2015 UH Graduate Degree Application Documents

(to be submitted with the East-West Center Obuchi application forms)

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

Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)
Click here to view answers to the most frequently-asked questions about the Obuchi Student Scholarship.

The Obuchi Student Experience:  Alumni Perspectives
Click here to read testimonials from Obuchi alumni.

Professor Munehiro Machida (center) with new Okinawan students, and Bob Nakasone (left), EWC Adjunct Project Specialist. Junko Itokazu is second from the right. (August 2009)

East-West Center 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 and Letters
University of the Ryukyus, Nishihara
Okinawa 903-0213, Japan
Telephone:  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.