East west center scholarships

East-West Center Scholarships: Application and Eligibility

An East-West Center Scholarship is available to students from Asia and the Pacific Islands.  This scholarship provides the funding necessary for students to complete their Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees at the University of Hawaii while participating in residential and educational programs at the East-West Center.

Who sponsors East-West Center Scholarships? 

The U.S government sponsors East-West Center Scholarships but administers them through the East-West Center. Also, governments of some Asian countries, and private donors, also participate as sponsors of the East-West Center Scholarships.

Overview of East-West Center

The US Congress Instituted the East-West Center in 1960. It did this to improve ties and understanding between the peoples and countries of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The East-West program areas include research, education, and Seminars. The Research Program engages in studies on population, health, environment, energy, trade, governance, politics, security, and conflict reduction.

The Education Program provides professional development seminars and workshops for educators from the United States and the region. It also provides educational opportunities for students. The East-West Seminars assemble experts for knowledge exchange and transfer on issues of regional and global concerns.

Overview of Hawaii, USA 

Hawaii is the only US State made up entirely of Islands. It has an enormous island chain. However, only 7 of its 132 islands are inhabitable. Hawaii lies in the west of California. Over 2,000 miles separate California from Hawaii.

Opportunities for Study and Scholarships at East-West Center

Below is a list of Scholarships administered through the East-West Center.

1. East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship 

  • Type of Study: Master’s or Doctoral degree
  • Duration of Scholarship: Up to 24 months
  • Eligibility: Citizens of the United States, the Pacific, Asia, and Russia 
  • Provisions: Tuition fees, accommodation costs, health insurance subsidy, book allowance, and partial upkeep allowance.

East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship fund is available to graduate students with a commitment to the Asia Pacific region. As they pursue a graduate degree at the University of Hawaii, they receive financial assistance to partake in residential, educational, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center.

2. East-West Center Alumni Scholar and Foundation Awards

  • Type of Study: Master’s or Doctoral degree
  • Duration of Scholarship: Up to 12 months
  • Eligibility: Citizens of the United States, the Pacific, Asia, and Russia 
  • Provisions: Variable

Graduate students from the Asia Pacific area are eligible for the one-year East-West Center Alumni Scholar and Foundation Awards. The East-West Center Alumni and Friends bestows this Masters or Ph.D. award to merit students.

These financial aid packages may be provided as supplemental funds for the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowships or as a standalone, one-year award to assist with tuition or living expenses while residing in EWC housing.

3. Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program 

  • Type of Study: Master’s degree
  • Duration of Scholarship: Up to 24 months
  • Eligibility: Citizen of a developing member country of the Asian Development Bank
  • Provisions: Tuition fees, accommodation costs, health insurance subsidy, book allowance, partial upkeep allowance, and round-trip airfare

Master’s students from any Asian nation or Pacific Island get graduate support from the Asian Development Bank-Japan. Applicants will receive partial financial aid for graduate studies at the University of Hawaii in disciplines approved by the Asian Development Bank-Japan.

4. The United States South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP) 

  • Type of Study: Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree, educational exchange programs 
  • Duration of Scholarship: Throughout the time of the registered program 
  • Eligibility: Citizens of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
  • Provisions: Tuition fees, accommodation costs, health insurance subsidy, book allowance, partial upkeep allowance, and round-trip airfare
  • Students from South Pacific nations can pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees through the United States South Pacific Scholarship Program.

The money is available for academic specialties focusing on the Pacific island region’s development requirements. The East-West Center handles administration benefits on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, supporting the scholarship.

5. Obuchi Student Scholarship 

  • Type of Study: Master’s or Doctoral Degree
  • Duration of Scholarship: Up to 24 months
  • Eligibility: Residents of Okinawa, Japan, 
  • Provisions: Tuition fees, accommodation costs, health insurance subsidy, book allowance, partial upkeep allowance, and round-trip airfare.

Students from the Asia Pacific receive financial aid through the Obuchi Scholarship to pursue graduate degrees at the University of Hawaii while taking part in residential and instructional activities at the East-West Center.

6. East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship for Taiwan Citizens

  • Type of Study: Master’s or Doctoral degree
  • Duration of Scholarship: Up to 24 months
  • Eligibility: Taiwan Citizens.
  • Provisions: Tuition fees, accommodation costs, health insurance subsidy, book allowance, and partial upkeep allowance.

Gary S. H. Lin sponsors the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship for Taiwanese citizens. The scholarship is also known as Gary S.H. Lin Fellowship. Recipients of this scholarship are eligible for funding throughout their Master’s or Doctoral degree at the University of Hawaii while participating in residential, academic, and leadership development programs at the EWC.


Scholarship Benefits

  • Although the number of available scholarships is unknown, the scholarships last throughout the duration of the registered program.
  • The scholarships are renewable every year. The worth of the scholarships is unknown.
  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation costs
  • Health insurance subsidy
  • Book allowance
  • Partial upkeep allowance
  • Round-trip airfare


Applicable Courses

The Research Program focuses on studies on population, health, environment, energy, trade, governance, politics, security, and conflict reduction. 


Eligibility Criteria

  • The selection of students gives preference to candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to the Asia Pacific region.
  • To be eligible for these grants, candidates must submit the EWC Graduate Degree Fellowship application.
  • Graduate applicants must hold a 4-year bachelor’s or an equivalent degree from an approved U.S. college, institution, or any recognized foreign university.

General requirements 

  • Curriculum vitae or a resume; 
  • Application acknowledgment 
  • Passport biodata page. This is applicable to overseas students only.
  • Official copies of transcripts from a previous academic institution
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Your referee will get a link to the Letter of Reference form once you submit your online application to the University.



Fees & Funding

Do I need to submit a separate application to the University of Hawaii?

Yes. If you are not currently a student at the University of Hawaii, you must register individually for a graduate degree program there. But if you are already a student at the University of Hawaii, you should submit an application to the East-West Center.

Can East-West Center reject my scholarship application if my recommenders don’t send in their letters by the deadline?

Yes. The East-West Center Scholarship committee will disqualify your application if your recommenders do not submit a letter by the deadline.  Also, if you do not include reference letters with your application, the scholarship committee will not evaluate it.

Do I need to submit a separate application for consideration about other scholarships offered by the East-West Center?

Yes, you do. You must fill out a separate online application for each scholarship.

 


Application Procedure

If you are not a student, you must fill out an application.

But if you already are, go on with the following application steps:

  • Apply online on the East-West Center Scholarship portal ( [email protected])
  • Publish all necessary paperwork.
  • You can send other paperwork to the institution through the mail.
  • The scholarship committee will notify you if your application is successfully received.
  • Await the scholarship evaluation committee’s response.
Contact information 

The East-West Center 1601 East-West Road Honolulu, HI USA 96848-1601 

Email:   [email protected]

Phone: (808)944-7111

Fax: (808)944-7212