Y.S. Lee Family Endowed Fellowships

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Overview

The Wing-tsit Chan Graduate Fellowship in Chinese Philosophy and the Ah Kin (Buck) Yee Graduate Fellowship in Chinese Studies were established in 1999 through the generous support of the Y.S. Lee Family Endowed Fellowship Fund in partnership with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) and the East-West Center (EWC). These two fellowships, which commemorate Chinese philosopher Wing-tsit Chan and Mr. Y.S. Lee’s brother-in-law Ah Kin “Buck” Yee, provide UHM graduate students with financial assistance to pursue degrees in Chinese philosophy and China-related studies, respectively. In accordance with the terms of the endowment, fellowship recipients must also fulfill the requirements of the EWC degree fellows program by participating in the Center’s educational, cultural and residential community.

Eligibility & Selection

  • Wing-tsit Chan Graduate Fellowship:  Recipients must be full-time graduate students or have been accepted for full-time graduate study in Chinese Philosophy. The fellowship is open to U.S. and international students, who must be nominated by the UHM Philosophy Department and selected by a committee that includes representatives from the East-West Center's Education Program, the department's Graduate Committee, and a member of the UH Center for Chinese Studies Executive Committee. Finalists are typically notified by the end of the spring semester, with the fellowship covering the period from August to May of the next academic year. The average fellowship amount is $5,000 for the year, which is disbursed to the student by the university. For more information about the nomination process, please contact the UHM Philosophy Department.
     
  • Ah Kin (Buck) Yee Graduate Fellowship:  Recipients must be full-time graduate students or have been accepted for full-time graduate study in any field of Chinese studies. Past recipients include students from the departments of Art History, Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology and Theater.. The fellowship is open to U.S. and international students, who apply via the University of Hawaii's Student Scholarships website (login required).Finalists are typically notified by the end of the spring semester, with the fellowship covering the period from August to May of the next academic year. The average fellowship amount is $5,000 for the year, which is disbursed to the student by the university. For more information about the nomination process, contact your graduate department at the University of Hawaii. 

EWC Degree Fellow Benefits

  • Reserved accomodation and special participant housing rate of $15 per night for a furnished single room (or, if qualified, a double-occupancy room for $23/night) in an East-West Center residence hall; further information about the EWC residence halls may be found at the Housing Office’s website
  • Eligibility for competitive Center travel awards for field study or conference presentation
  • Required participation in the East-West Center Community Building Institute at the start of the fellowship (this takes place before the UH semester begins and is a requirement for all incoming EWC degree students);
  • Membership in the East-West Center Participants Association (EWCPA);
  • Eligibility for participation in a professional mentoring program sponsored by the East-West Center Associates office and an opportunity to engage with the Ohana host family program sponsored by the Friends of the East-West Center.

EWC Degree Fellow Responsibilities

  • Fellows must be enrolled at UHM, make satisfactory progress toward the degree and maintain academic standards deemed mandatory by UHM and EWC;
  • Participate in the East-West Center Wednesday Evening Seminar during their first fall and spring semester;
  • Participate in community service activities and support events within the EWC for 45 hours during the academic year;
  • Live on-campus in East-West Center housing;
  • Make on-time monthly rent payment to EWC Housing;
  • Submit a monthly report to the program coordinator detailing participation and engagement at EWC;
  • Adhere to the East-West Center's participant policies and procedures, including the Center's policy on academic freedom which bars any classified (secret) activity or research, and condemns any actions or statements on the part of anyone which may tend to interfere with the academic freedom of any participant at the East-West Center.

Contact Information

For inquiries about the East-West Center fellowship experience for Wing-tsit Chan and Ah Kin (Buck) Yee recipients, contact:

Ms. Kanika Mak-Lavy
Education Programs Specialist
1601 East-West Road, Burns Hall 2083
Honolulu, HI 96848
Email:  maklavyk@eastwestcenter.org
Tel:  (808) 944-7750
Fax:  (808) 944-7730