Citizens or permanent residents of the countries listed below can apply for an East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship:

  • United States
  • 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
  • Southeast Asia:  Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
  • South Asia:  Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • East Asia:  China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Russia, Taiwan
Bachelor’s Degree and Grade Point Average:

Prior to the start of the award, applicants for degree programs must obtain a 4-year or equivalent bachelor’s degree from an American college or university, or from a recognized higher education institution abroad. Generally, the applicant must have a minimum grade average of 3.0 (4.0 = Scale) or equivalent, for the last four semesters or six quarters of the undergraduate record and for all post-baccalaureate work.


The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowships supports graduation from the University of Hawai‘i (UH) in the fields relevant to the goals and objectives of the East-West Center (EWC). Because graduates are involved in EWC programs, as well as in high-level work at UH, they have responsibilities at both institutions. This relationship between EWC and UH is different, and clarity is needed regarding the EWC application process.

Partnerships are awarded annually to international competitions.

If you are not enrolled as a graduate student at UH Mānoa, you should apply to the university for the next fall semester on December 1. The University of Hawaii begins its online application program (https: //manoa.hawaii. Edu / graduate /) on August 1 each year the following year. To ensure timely processing of your EWC application, the supporting documents for both your UH office and departmental applications must be completed by January 10, even if the UH department deadline falls later than that.


December 1, 2020.


To access the application documentation, click below:

  1. Application Handbook (interactive website)
  2. Application Checklist (pdf)
  3. Diagram of the Application Process for EWC and UH (jpg)
  4. Academic Letter of Reference Form & Instructions (form-fillable Word doc)
  5. Civic Engagement Letter of Reference Form & Instructions (form-fillable Word doc)
  6. Cost Sharing Form (form-fillable Word doc)

Once you have reviewed the Application Handbook and the Frequently Asked Questions page, click on the following link to apply for the EWC Graduate Degree Fellow using our online application:


If you are unable to access these application materials, email scholarships@eastwestcenter.org for further assistance. 

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