Obuchi Student Scholarship

2016 Obuchi Student, Rika Inamine, with past and current EWC Adjunct Project Specialists Bob Nakasone (left) and John Tasato (right) 

Obuchi Student Scholarships support Okinawan students for master's or doctoral degree study at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM) in fields deemed beneficial to Okinawan development needs or for the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP). For information on how to apply for the latter of these options, please visit the APLP website. These scholarships are offered through a joint venture of the United States and Japanese governments, specifically through the East-West Center and the Okinawa Prefectural Government. The program's mission is to help Okinawa develop and strengthen its human resources in order to take a proactive role in Asia Pacific intellectual, research, and business activities. Priority in the student selection process is given to those studying in fields of benefit to Okinawan development.

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

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.

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

The East-West Center and the University of Hawai‘i, located in a unique island setting with a distinctive multicultural heritage, offer premier resources for studies on Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. Through East-West Center affiliation, awardees become part of a growing network of students and alumni forging the shape and substance of the world's most vibrant region.

Obuchi student fellows have opportunities to enhance their degree studies by participating in Center internship and leadership development projects.

Undertaking degree studies at the UHM or joining the APLP through an Obuchi Student Scholarship is not merely about receiving a financial aid scholarship. Since the basic purpose of the East-West Center is to build a sense of Asia-Pacific community and prepare for future leadership roles, Obuchi student fellows and other EWC graduate student fellows live together and interact with each other in both intellectual and social activities. They are from the very outset an identifiable group commited to the notion of building an Asia-Pacific community. Through team-building activities, leadership development projects and internships, learning about the Asia Pacific region, cultural exchange, educational enrichment gatherings, community service and service learning projects, Obuchi fellows and other EWC graduate degree fellows establish friendships and lifelong ties to a network of people committed to positive change in the Asia Pacific region.

Please visit the Graduate Degree Fellowship pages for more information and to apply for the Obuchi Student Scholarship for master's or doctoral degree study.

The Obuchi Student Experience:  Alumni Perspectives

Click here to read testimonials from Obuchi alumni.

Contact Us

Obuchi Program Advisor

The following individuals are available to meet with applicants who wish to learn more about the Obuchi Program and opportunities at the East-West Center:

Prof. Kinuko Maehara-Yamazato 
Department of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Law & Letters
University of the Ryukyus
1 Senbaru, 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.