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Affiliate Scholar Program Affiliate Scholar Program

The East-West Center’s Affiliate Scholar program provides a limited number of opportunities for graduate students from universities and institutions worldwide, to have a short-term affiliation with the Center — between one month up to a maximum of one year — while working on a thesis or dissertation research related to the Asia Pacific region. Currently, we are accepting scholars only through our established partner organizations. For more information, please contact: Dr. Robert Moore, [email protected].

About the East-West Center’s Student Programs

The East-West Center (EWC) promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The East-West Center’s student programs, carried out in partnership with the University of Hawai‘i, 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 people and nations. At the East-West Center, learning is viewed as a collaborative process in which each person contributes knowledge, experience, and multicultural perspectives to benefit all participants. During the year, approximately 400 people study in residence at the Center. Most are involved in graduate programs and enrolled in coursework at the adjoining University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) campus.

EWC Affiliate Scholar Program Overview

The East-West Center's Affiliate scholars are visiting students who are working on research projects with faculty or researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa or the East-West Center. Thus, prior to submitting an Affiliate Scholar application, prospective applicants need to have established a mentoring arrangement with at least one faculty member, researcher or other specialist at the EWC or UHM who shares their academic interests and who has agreed to supervise their research efforts.

Consideration for the Affiliate Scholar Program is both competitive and based on space availability. We are looking for applicants who express an independent interest in the Center, as well as demonstrated initiative and motivation to engage in the Center's mission and programs, that extend beyond their focused research goals. There is no set application deadline; however, we recommend that applications be submitted at least a semester (three to four months) in advance of the proposed study period.

Affiliate Scholars are encouraged to actively participate in a rich set of East-West Center activities (click here to learn more about Current EWC Student Leadership Initiatives) and are required to attend a weekly evening seminar on issues of concern to the Asia Pacific region. The Affiliate Scholar Program was designed for live-in residence with the expectation of full participation and engagement in the EWC’s residential graduate student community. For this reason, an Affiliate Scholar is required to live in either the Center’s Hale Mānoa or Hale Kuahine graduate residence hall at the participant rate (US$24 per night for a single room, $36 per night for a double room). EWC Housing policy states that dependents under 18 years of age cannot be accommodated in the Center’s graduate residence halls. Click here for information about EWC Housing for Affiliate Scholars.

The Affiliate Scholar Program is open to applicants who are able to provide their own funding, which includes but is not limited to travel, living expenses and health insurance.  There are no sources of funding available through the EWC to cover program expenses. Affiliate Scholars pay a program administration fee of US $50 per month (or partial month) of award.

Application Materials

Before visiting our online application, please be aware of the following documents:

  • Reference Letter Form (fillable doc)
    Two (2) academic letters of reference are required, one of which must be from the applicant's graduate advisor at their home institution. In your online application, you will enter the names of referees who will be sent an invitation to download and submit this letter.
  • Affiliation Letter Template & Instructions (pdf)
    This letter should be from the faculty member, researcher, scholar or other specialist at the East-West Center or the University of Hawaiʻi at that confirms his/her agreement to supervise and mentor the applicant and describes what specifically s/he will provide the applicant under this arrangement.

In addition, you will also need to submit with your completed application:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.
  • A thesis, dissertation, or other appropriate research project proposal.
    Include a description of the research you will conduct while affiliated with the East-West Center (list primary and secondary sources, library materials, faculty and community resources, etc.)
  • Academic transcripts reflecting the applicant's most recent academic work.

To submit your application for the Affiliate Scholar Program, please use the following link :

Send any physical accompanying documents to:

East-West Center
Education Program
Attention:  Affiliate Scholar Program
1601 East West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848-1601 USA

Email:  [email protected]


Program Administration Fee

Applicants admitted into the Affiliate Scholar Program pay a program administration fee of US $50 per month of award (e.g., 1 mo. = $50; 2 mos. = $100; 3 mos = $150, etc.). This fee will be paid online by credit card (see link below). Payment in full for the entire award length is due no later than one week prior to arrival at the East-West Center.

The East-West Center’s Affiliate Scholar program provides a limited number of opportunities for graduate students from universities and institutions worldwide, to have a short-term affiliation with the Center — between one month up to a maximum of one year — while working on a thesis or dissertation research related to the Asia Pacific region. Currently, we are accepting scholars only through our established partner organizations. For more information, please contact: Dr. Robert Moore, [email protected].

About the East-West Center’s Student Programs

The East-West Center (EWC) promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The East-West Center’s student programs, carried out in partnership with the University of Hawai‘i, 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 people and nations. At the East-West Center, learning is viewed as a collaborative process in which each person contributes knowledge, experience, and multicultural perspectives to benefit all participants. During the year, approximately 400 people study in residence at the Center. Most are involved in graduate programs and enrolled in coursework at the adjoining University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) campus.

EWC Affiliate Scholar Program Overview

The East-West Center's Affiliate scholars are visiting students who are working on research projects with faculty or researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa or the East-West Center. Thus, prior to submitting an Affiliate Scholar application, prospective applicants need to have established a mentoring arrangement with at least one faculty member, researcher or other specialist at the EWC or UHM who shares their academic interests and who has agreed to supervise their research efforts.

Consideration for the Affiliate Scholar Program is both competitive and based on space availability. We are looking for applicants who express an independent interest in the Center, as well as demonstrated initiative and motivation to engage in the Center's mission and programs, that extend beyond their focused research goals. There is no set application deadline; however, we recommend that applications be submitted at least a semester (three to four months) in advance of the proposed study period.

Affiliate Scholars are encouraged to actively participate in a rich set of East-West Center activities (click here to learn more about Current EWC Student Leadership Initiatives) and are required to attend a weekly evening seminar on issues of concern to the Asia Pacific region. The Affiliate Scholar Program was designed for live-in residence with the expectation of full participation and engagement in the EWC’s residential graduate student community. For this reason, an Affiliate Scholar is required to live in either the Center’s Hale Mānoa or Hale Kuahine graduate residence hall at the participant rate (US$24 per night for a single room, $36 per night for a double room). EWC Housing policy states that dependents under 18 years of age cannot be accommodated in the Center’s graduate residence halls. Click here for information about EWC Housing for Affiliate Scholars.

The Affiliate Scholar Program is open to applicants who are able to provide their own funding, which includes but is not limited to travel, living expenses and health insurance.  There are no sources of funding available through the EWC to cover program expenses. Affiliate Scholars pay a program administration fee of US $50 per month (or partial month) of award.

Application Materials

Before visiting our online application, please be aware of the following documents:

  • Reference Letter Form (fillable doc)
    Two (2) academic letters of reference are required, one of which must be from the applicant's graduate advisor at their home institution. In your online application, you will enter the names of referees who will be sent an invitation to download and submit this letter.
  • Affiliation Letter Template & Instructions (pdf)
    This letter should be from the faculty member, researcher, scholar or other specialist at the East-West Center or the University of Hawaiʻi at that confirms his/her agreement to supervise and mentor the applicant and describes what specifically s/he will provide the applicant under this arrangement.

In addition, you will also need to submit with your completed application:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.
  • A thesis, dissertation, or other appropriate research project proposal.
    Include a description of the research you will conduct while affiliated with the East-West Center (list primary and secondary sources, library materials, faculty and community resources, etc.)
  • Academic transcripts reflecting the applicant's most recent academic work.

To submit your application for the Affiliate Scholar Program, please use the following link :

Send any physical accompanying documents to:

East-West Center
Education Program
Attention:  Affiliate Scholar Program
1601 East West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848-1601 USA

Email:  [email protected]


Program Administration Fee

Applicants admitted into the Affiliate Scholar Program pay a program administration fee of US $50 per month of award (e.g., 1 mo. = $50; 2 mos. = $100; 3 mos = $150, etc.). This fee will be paid online by credit card (see link below). Payment in full for the entire award length is due no later than one week prior to arrival at the East-West Center.