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Graduate Degree Fellowships Program

East West Center


Program Summary:

Graduate Degree Fellowships are available to individuals interested in participating in the educational and research programs of the East-West Center while pursuing graduate degree study at the University of Hawai‘i. Fellowships for both master's (24 month) and doctoral (48 month) degrees are available.

Center scholarships are given for degree study at the University of Hawai‘i and participation in the Center's international and intercultural programs. Recipients of the fellowship who are single or married with no accompanying dependents below 18 years of age are required to reside in Center dormitories. The Center and the University of Hawai‘i, located in a unique island setting with a distinctive multicultural heritage, offer premier resources for Asian, Pacific and U.S. studies.

Degree fellows have opportunities to participate in the Center's research projects in several areas of international study, including

Politics, Governance, and Security
Environmental Change, Vulnerability, and Governance
Population and Health
Pacific Islands Development
In addition, the Center and the University of Hawai‘i offer interdisciplinary certificate programs in Leadership Studies, International Cultural Studies, Population Studies, and Resource Management. Degree fellows must be involved in an East-West Center research project or complete a certificate program.


Applicants must also apply for admission to a graduate program of the University of Hawai‘i, if not currently enrolled as a classified graduate student. Required tests include the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the GRE or GMAT as required by University of Hawai‘i departments.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or citizens of countries in Asia and the Pacific including Russia.

All award recipients who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must meet all exchange visitor (J-visa) requirements.

Other Application Requirements:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) The GRE General (Aptitude) Test is no longer a requirement of all applicants of the East-West Center, but if the University of Hawai‘i field of study requirements state that an applicant must take the GRE, an official copy of the applicant's GRE score must be submitted to the East-West Center. Refer to the UH application sheet for requirements specific to each field of study.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) All applicants from countries in which English is not the only official language (including U.S. Nationals and Permanent Resident Aliens for whom English is not their native language) are required to demonstrate advanced proficiency in the use of the English language. Proficiency is demonstrated by taking the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL). The EWC minimum TOEFL score is 550 (213 for the computer based TOEFL examination) unless a higher score is specified in the UH application information/instructions.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) The IELTS may be substituted for TOEFL. An overall band test result of 5.00 is required for admission to the University of Hawai‘i. The East-West Center preferred minimum is 6.00.
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
    The GMAT is a University of Hawai‘i requirement for all Accounting, Business Administration, and Travel Industry Management applicants.
  • Official Transcripts Two (2) official transcripts from each college or university where credits and grades (including summer course) have been earned are required.
  • Letters of Reference The East-West Center requires three (3) letters of reference completed by persons who have played a significant role in the education or work experience of the applicant. One letter of reference must address community service/extracurricular activity involvement. Letters from senior professors in the major field are also very helpful.


Center scholarships are given for degree study at the University of Hawai‘i and participation in the Center's international and intercultural programs.


The deadline for the Fall 2007 program was November 1, 2006.


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