Sources of Support for
South Asian Activities at UH:
The G. J. and Ellen Watumull Memorial Fund
This fund was established by a gift from Mr. Gobindram J. Watumull in 1942.
Mr. G. J. Watumull wished that his gift be "earmarked for the promotion
of Indian culture" and that the funds be used to support "any other
means of teaching the history, arts, music, religions, philosophy and culture
of India (and the same) be made available to the public whenever possible
through lectures, exhibits and motion pictures, etc." The G. J. and
Ellen Watumull Memorial Fund supports the Center's Annual Spring Symposium.
The J. Watumull
Scholarship for the Study of India
The purpose of this scholarship is to promote understanding of India through
support of University of Hawai‘i students who present a focused and
well-developed proposal to study for a minimum of two months in India. The
scholarship is generously supported by the Watumull Foundation.
here to link to further information and application forms.]
The Rama Watumull Distinguished Indian
The Rama Watumull Distinguished Indian Scholars Program was established on
December 11, 1986, in honor of Rama Watumull (1912-1953), a community and
business leader, who attended the University of Hawai'i. The program
emphasizes mutual understanding between the United States and India that was
epitomized by Rama Watumull's own life in Hawai'i. The endowment promotes a
visitor's program that provides funds to support teachers, researchers and
creative artists from India at the University of Hawai'i for a period of a
semester or one year. Selection of the scholar is made by the Dean of the
School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies, upon recommendation of the
Center for South Asian Studies' Executive Committee, which serves as the Rama
Watumull Endowment Committee.
Additional forms of assistance available
to students include federal, state and institutional scholarships, grants,
loans and part-time campus employment. Applications may be obtained from the Financial Aid Services Office, 2600
Campus Road, Room 112, Honolulu, HI 96822. Priority deadline for submission
is April 1. Late applications will be accepted but funds may not be available
to fill demands. A list of available scholarships, grants and loans is
provided in the university's Catalog. The Student Services Office of the Graduate Division,
Spalding Hall 353, has information on grants and fellowships available to
The Student Employment Office
also assists students in locating jobs on and off campus. Pay is based on job
requirements and student qualifications. Priority of placement is based on
financial need. Incoming students expecting campus employment should have
enough money on hand to defray expenses pending placement.
The Financial Aids Office processes
loan requests. The University of Hawai‘i also participates in the Federal
College Work Study and Scholarship Programs. Write to the office at Student
Services Center, 2600 Campus Road, Suite 112, Honolulu, Hl 96822.
and Other Sources of Financial Assistance
Pacific-Asian Scholarships: Graduate
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
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.
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 the Awards Services Office, East-West
Center, 1776 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hl 96822.
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.
American Institute of Indian Studies
The University of Hawai‘i is a member of the AIIS and the Center can endorse
and forward applications for these pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research
grants. (Membership in the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies is in
process.) It can also do the same for applications for the respective
Institute's grants for language study abroad. Forms are available from the
Graduate Division Fellowships and
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, Hl 96822.