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EWC GRADUATE DEGREE FELLOWSHIP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  1. What should I send to the East-West Center to apply for the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship?
  2. When does the East-West Center need to receive my application?
  3. Is it possible to apply online?
  4. Must I send everything by the December 1 deadline?
  5. Do I have to apply separately to the University of Hawai'i?
  6. How will I know whether my application is complete?
  7. What is the latest date that you will accept documents that I could not include with my application?
  8. Is my application disqualified if my recommenders do not submit their letters by the deadline?
  9. I studied at a university where English was the medium of instruction. Am I still required to take TOEFL or IELTS?
  10. What is the absolute latest date that I can take the TOEFL or IELTS?
  11. What kind of page format should I use in my essay responses?
  12. When will I know of the results of my application?
  13. I am currently enrolled at the University of Hawai'i. Do I need to provide you with official documents — transcripts and test scores —  or will you accept photocopies?

  1. What should I send to the East-West Center to apply for the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship?
    The application checklist provides a quick overview. Your application to the Graduate Degree Fellowship requires:
    - the application form;
    - a cover letter, resume, and essay responses regarding your long-range goals, biographical essay, your involvement in civic engagement and community service activities, and your preparedness for an inter-cultural learning environment;
    - unless you are a current UH student applying for a fellowship that will fund your current degree and field of study, submit the UH departmental statement of objectives for the academic program(s) to which you are applying;
    - official transcripts from each college or university you attended;
    - three letters of recommendation; and
    - IELTS or TOEFL, if applicable. (Back to Top)
  2. When does the East-West Center need to receive my application?
    You have until December1 (or following Monday if deadline falls on a weekend) to mail your application to the East-West Center. Your application does not have to reach the Center by this deadline, but the application must show evidence, such as postmark, that it was mailed by the deadline. If you are mailing your application close to the deadline, you should obtain a receipt from the post office. In the event we are unable to read the postmark, we will need you to send your receipt to us. If you plan to courier your application, be sure that the service accepts your application before or on the day of the deadline. (Back to Top)
  3. Is it possible to apply online?
    The East-West Center does not currently have a process by which you can fill out an application and securely submit it electronically. We have fillable application forms which you can type into but you will need to print your completed forms and mail them to the East-West Center. Your application contains personal information and should not be submitted via the internet. Email is not secure. (Back to Top)
  4. Must I send everything by the December 1 deadline?
    No, only the EWC application application and supporting essays for both applications must be postmarked by December 1 (or following Monday if deadline falls on a weekend). Supporting documents such as test scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation do not have to be postmarked by the deadline. The application checklist provides a quick overview. (Back to Top)
  5. Do I have to apply separately to the University of Hawai'i?
    Yes. Check the UH Office of Graduate Education website (https://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/) for more deatiled instructions on how to apply to UH. (Back to Top)
  6. How will I know whether my application is complete?
    We will email you upon receipt of your application and periodically send you a summary report of what we received and what may still be missing. Please realize that as it gets closer to the deadline or in the 2-3 weeks following the deadline that the office is extremely busy and there may be delays in notifying you on the status of your application. (Back to Top)
  7. What is the latest date that you will accept documents that I could not include with my application?
    We do not have a definitive deadline. However we would like to receive supporting documents by February 1. (Back to Top)
  8. Is my application disqualified if my recommenders do not submit their letters by the deadline?
    No, your application would not be disqualified if your recommenders do not provide us with their recommendations in a timely manner. However, it is your responsibility to check with your recommenders to urge them to submit the letters so that your application can be completed. The EWC must receive your letters of recommendation by no later than February 1 in order to review your application. (Back to Top)
  9. I studied at a university where English was the medium of instruction. Am I still required to take TOEFL or IELTS?
    The University of Hawai‘i requires proof of English proficiency in determining your readiness for graduate level work. The University of Hawai‘i will grant an exception only if the following criteria are met: a) your academic program was in a country where English is the first language; b) you received a degree from that institution within the past five years. Please refrain from requesting EWC to grant a TOEFL or IELTS exemption as the Center is not in a position to overrule a University ofHawai‘i requirement. The Center will abide by the UH Admissions Office’s decision if an exemption is allowed. (Back to Top)
  10. What is the absolute latest date that I can take the TOEFL or IELTS?
    The EWC must receive your official score reports for the TOEFL or IELTS, sent directly to us from the testing service, by February 1 in order to review your application. (Back to Top)
  11. What kind of page format should I use in my essay responses?
    Provide your responses on separate sheets of paper. Note the essay or question number, and include your name at the top of each essay. We suggest 12-point, double-spaced with Times New Roman font. (Back to Top)
  12. When will I know of the results of my application?
    Applicants will be contacted by April 1 concerning the Center's decision on your application. The Center will email all applicants of the result. The Center will not disclose results over the telephone. (Back to Top)
  13. I am currently enrolled at the University of Hawai'i. Do I need to provide you with official documents — transcripts and test scores —  or will you accept photocopies?
    Since you are already admitted to theUniversity of Hawai‘i, it is not necessary for you to provide official transcripts or official test score reports. Photocopies of these documents, preferably from your academic program or the UH Records Office, are acceptable. (Back to Top)