Tuition Support

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies offers a limited number of achievement scholarships to offset tuition costs. For further information, contact the center directly.


We are now accepting applications for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. U.S. citizen or permanent resident UHM graduate and undergraduate students combining modern foreign language training with area/international studies in full-time degree programs are encouraged to apply for:
$15,000 stipend and tuition assistance for graduate recipients
$5,000 stipend and tuition assistance for undergraduates

FLAS eligible languages include Chamorro, Maori, Samoan, Tahitian and Tongan* (Search for “FLAS” under keyword search)

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017**

* Please note, in the past students have been successful in applying for a FLAS to study Pacific languages not listed here including Marshallese and Fijian. Please contact Alex Mawyer <> at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies for additional information.

* * Applicants must complete 2017-18 FAFSA to demonstrate financial need.

Download FLAS information sheet.

Direct questions to:

Chizuko Allen
Fellowships Coordinator
School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Telephone: 956 2210


Alexander Mawyer (FLAS Committee Chair)
Assistant Professor, Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Telephone: 956 2670

Heyum Endowment Fund Scholarship

The Heyum Endowment Fund, at the University of Hawai'i, was established by the late R Renée Heyum, former curator of the Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library, to assist Pacific Islanders pursuing education and/or training in Hawai'i. Funds are available to support one scholarship in the amount of $3,000 for the 2017-2018 academic year, and qualified individuals are invited to apply. For information on the 2017 competition, click here. Applications are due 17 February 2017 via STAR.

East-West Center

Adjacent to the University of Hawaiʻi is the East-West Center, a public, nonprofit, educational and research institution that maintains a close and cooperative relationship with the university. The East-West Center offers fellowships to students from Asia, the Pacific, and the United States working toward higher degrees at the University of Hawaiʻi. Among the fellowship programs prospective Pacific Islands studies students may be eligible for are the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship, Asian Development Bank-Government of Japan Scholarship, and the United States-South Pacific Scholarship. For information on these fellowship opportunities, visit the EWC Student Scholarships and Fellowships page, or contact the EWC-UHM Scholarship Office, East-West Center, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96848-1601; telephone: (808)944-7735. Application deadlines vary.

Norman Meller Research Award

The Norman Meller Research Award of $250.00 is given annually to the best MA research paper produced at the University of Hawaiʻi in the social sciences or humanities and focused on the Pacific Islands. Plan A theses, Plan B papers, or MA portfolios are eligible. Submissions may be made by students or by nominations from the faculty, and are not limited to students in the MA program in Pacific Islands Studies. The submissions are read by a panel of judges, who consider the overall quality of the submission, the depth of the research it represents, and the significance of the work in the field of Pacific Islands Studies. Of particular interest are submissions that employ interdisciplinary approaches and/or include indigenous epistemologies and perspectives. The judges reserve the right to recommend that more than one award be made, or that no award be given.

To be eligible for the 2017 award, the work must have been completed during the 2016-2017 academic year, and be submitted in hard copy and electronic form to Professor Terence Wesley-Smith, Director, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, 1890 East-West Road, Moore 212, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96822. Any multimedia components must be prepared in formats that are readily accessible using standard computer equipment. The deadline for submissions is 12 January 2018.

This award is made possible by a bequest from Dr Norman Meller, a political scientist and founding director of the Pacific Islands Studies Program, who passed away in 2000.


Thanks to a generous donation to the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, the center is able to provide a research travel award to a CPIS student, not to exceed $2,000. See attached 2-page instructions regarding who can apply, the selection criteria, and the application process. Application deadline is May 8, 2015.

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