Center for South Asian Studies | University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa


The Jagdish p. sharma memorial scholarship

Application Deadline: Feb 17, 2017

Jagdish P. Sharma Memorial Scholarship announce a call for applications to support graduate students with an academic focus on South Asia. Now in its seventh year, the annual scholarship will award each recipient up to $5000 – half delivered at the opening of each semester.

This year there is $15,000 available for the upcoming academic year, 2017-18. To date, a total of $65,000 has been awarded to sixteen graduate students.

Eligible for the scholarship are graduate students enrolled in a program in the College of Arts & Sciences at UHM and pursuing studies of or about the South Asia region and its people. The criteria to be used to award the scholarship include the following:
1) Statement of commitment to South Asian studies;
2) Letter of recommendation from an academic faculty member; and
3) Academic merit as determined by the selection committee upon review of application materials.

It is also required that recipients send a letter of appreciation to the Sharma family and submit a write-up in the spring semester detailing academic achievements while on the scholarship.

One can find more information and apply electronically for the scholarship – administered by the Department of History – through the UH STAR system. If prospective applicants have questions or wish to submit an application directly, they can contact the scholarship administrator (information below).

Ned Bertz
Associate Professor, Department of History
University of Hawai`i at Mānoa
Sakamaki Hall A203, 2530 Dole Street, Honolulu HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-6766
Office: Sakamaki Hall B409

The deadline, common to all fellowships in the STAR database, is February 17, 2017.

Many thanks, especially to the Sharma family for their continuing generosity.

For more about Dr. Jagdish Sharma and this scholarship, please see the following article:



Application Deadline EXTENDED: April 18, 2016

The J. Watumull Scholarship for the Study of India provides support for University of Hawai`i undergraduate or graduate students who want to study in India.  For AY 2016-2017, students may compete for awards of up to $5,000 each. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students from across the UH System are eligible to apply for support.  Graduate students can undertake advanced study or research at a recognized Indian institution if it is pre-approved by their graduate program and the study relates to their degree.  Undergraduate applicants may choose to participate in the UHM India Study Abroad Program. The minimum length of study in India will be for two months for all study options.  Applicants should review and fulfill the eligibility criteria (see application form below).  The award must be used by the end of the Summer 2017.  Recipients must submit a written report about their experience, and the academic objectives accomplished.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the CSAS Director at with question regarding the application process.

The application form, the 2-3 page proposal and letters of reference need to be submitted electronically to

Click here for the application:

2016 Watumull Application – Form Fillable

For more, please see the following article:

Pacific-Asian Scholarships: Graduate Students

This scholarship program, administered through the Asian Studies and Pacific Islands Studies programs and funded by the Graduate Division of the university, provides payment for two semesters of tuition (fees are not included). Applications are available to all graduate students in these programs; students must have and maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA to be eligible.

Deadline for applications is March 1.

Pacific-Asian Scholarships: Undergraduate Students

A limited number of scholarships are available to undergraduates with high academic standing who are pursuing a well-designed course of study or major related to the Pacific-Asian region or who are from a Pacific-Asian jurisdiction.

Applicants must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA and must be full-time students. The competition is open to both residents and nonresidents. The award includes a full tuition waiver, but does not include fees. Awards will be for one academic year (two semesters), contingent on maintaining a full-time status and a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Deadline for applications is mid-May.

James Shigeta Scholarship in Asian Studies

This scholarship covers tuition costs for one academic year for graduate student or undergraduate in Asian studies. Some consideration for financial need is given in the selection process.

Tuition Waivers

A limited number of tuition waivers are available for graduate students. The waivers are granted on a semester basis and cover tuition only for resident or nonresident classified students (fees are not included). Tuition waivers are awarded primarily on the basis of need and academic performance.

East-West Center Scholarships

The East-West Center makes grants and fellowships for graduate students pursuing the study of Asia and the Pacific.

For information, write to:
Awards Services Office
East-West Center
1776 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822.

Graduate Assistantships

There are a limited number of graduate assistantships to graduates of accredited institutions of higher learning who have satisfactory scholastic records, adequate undergraduate background in the major field and evidence of a high level of English language proficiency. All applicants for graduate assistantships must be admitted as potential degree candidates. Graduate assistants serve as part-time teaching or research assistants and carry a program of study usually limited to a maximum of 9 credit hours a semester. The period of service extends from fall semester registration through commencement for an academic year appointment. The Asian Studies Program has two graduate assistantships available annually.

Graduate Division Fellowships and Scholarships Office

The office maintains a compilation of announcements and references books listing programs that offer financial assistance to graduate students. Sources include grant support programs of foundations, government agencies, and business and professional organization, and several locally compiled directories of opportunities.

Write to the office at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 357
Honolulu, HI 96822

Student Employment Office

Information about jobs in the community and on-campus is available to assist students who seek part-time employment to defray their expenses. Students are cautioned about depending on part-time work to cover their expenses; Hawai‘i’s cost of living is high. Those interested register with the Student Employment Office indicating their skills and the type of work they would like to do.

Further information is available from the office at:
2600 Campus Road, Suite 113
Honolulu, HI 96822

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