East-West Center Graduate Degree (MSc and PhD) Fellowship for Asian Students

The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship provides master’s and doctoral funding for graduate students from Asia, the Pacific, and the United States to participate in educational and research programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawai‘i.

The fellowships cover the cost of tuition and fees, books, housing in an East-West Center dormitory, health insurance, and partial funding toward meals and incidental expenses. Funding for field study and conference presentations is offered on a competitive basis during the fellow’s period of study

Field of Study:

Priority in the student selection process is given to applicants seeking degrees in fields of study related to research themes at the East-West Center, focusing on topics in economics; environmental change, vulnerability and governance; politics and security; and population and health, at a local, national and/or regional level in the Asia Pacific region. The Center also welcomes applications in other fields of study on issues of common concern among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific and the United States.

Award Duration:

• Master's degrees (up to 24-month fellowship)

• Doctoral degrees (up to 48-month fellowship)


  • Tuition and fees up to the equivalent of the tuition charged for post-baccalaureate students at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa toward master’s or doctoral studies;

  • Housing in a Center residence hall, based on single occupancy;

  • A stipend to partially cover food and incidental expenses

  • An allowance for books, materials and supplies

  • Health insurance coverage.

General Requirements:

  • Applicants submit both the application for East-West Center Graduate Fellowship and the graduate admissions application to the University of Hawai‘i to the East-West Center Award Services Office

  • Applicants already enrolled as classified graduate students at the University of Hawai‘i submit only the East-West Center Graduate Fellowship application.

  • Required tests include the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for applicants from non-English speaking countries, and the GRE or GMAT for all applicants as required by university departments.

  • Award recipients who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must meet exchange visitor (J-1 visa) requirements.

Eligible Countries:

  1. Southeast Asia: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand Vietnam.

  2. East Asia: China (Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland, Taiwan), Japan, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of, Korea, Republic of, Mongolia, Russia.

  3. South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

  4. Pacific Region: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna Islands.



Award Services Office

East-West Center

1601 East-West Road

Honolulu, HI 96848-1601,  USA

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