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




The purpose of the J. Watumull Scholarship for the Study of India is to promote understanding of India through scholarship support of University of Hawai‘i students who present focused and well-developed proposals to study for a minimum of two months in India. The scholarship is generously supported by the J. Watumull Fund.

The scholarship supports students in any area of study such as the visual and performing arts, history, philosophy, religion, and politics, and including the professional schools and community college programs. Students are expected to be enrolled in courses at a recognized Indian institution or to be conducting pre-approved independent study overseen by a faculty member at UH in cooperation with a scholar in India. Students may also choose to participate in an approved study abroad program sponsored by another U.S. institution.

We have developed additional guidelines for undergraduates interested in the UHM Study Abroad Center’s new India Program.

Watumull Scholarship applications for the next round of J. Watumull Scholarships are due April 8, 2013. Recipients of these awards should expend funds between May 2013 and May 2014.

Click here for the application:
Watumull Scholarship 2013 Application

The Jagdish p. sharma memorial scholarship

This is a new scholarship launched to support graduate students pursuing work in South Asian studies. Named for our beloved colleague in History, the Jagdish P. Sharma Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to one or two students annually, with each award amounting up to $5000 to be credited to educational expenses. Students can find out more information and apply electronically for the scholarship through the UH STAR system. The deadline for applying for the scholarship is in early Spring of each year for the next academic year. Scholarships for academic year 2011-2012 have already been awarded.


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.

Application deadline is March 1.


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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