East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship

East-West Center

About the organization

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. The Center is an independent, public, nonprofit organization with funding from the US government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region. The EWC Education Program provides graduate students with a wide range of opportunities to help prepare the United States and the Asia Pacific Region for a new era of increased interdependence.


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, cultural, residential community building, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). Undertaking degree studies at UHM through an East-West Center fellowship 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, 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 committed 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, EWC graduate degree fellows establish friendships and lifelong ties to a network of people committed to positive change in the Asia Pacific region.

The graduate degree fellowship covers the cost of general tuition and fees, books, housing in an East-West Center dormitory, and partial funding toward meals, health insurance, and incidental expenses.


-Citizens or permanent residents of the United States (Priority in the student selection process is given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to the Asia Pacific region)
-Must hold a 4-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (minimum 3.0 GPA)
-Must apply for and be accepted into a graduate program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa


See award provisions (tuition, allowances, housing) at https://www.eastwestcenter.org/education/student-programs/opportunities-study/ewc-graduate-degree-fellowship/gdf-award-details

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Applicants should arrange for 3 letters of recommendation (2 academic, 1 civic engagement), transcripts from all educational institutions attended, and must provide statement of objectives and proof of application to the University of Hawaii (a separate process).

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