Financial Assistance

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.
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The Rama Watumull Distinguished Indian Scholars Program
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 graduate students.

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.

Fellowships, Scholarships and Other Sources of Financial Assistance

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 the Awards Services Office, East-West Center, 1776 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hl 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.

American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowships
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 Center office.

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, Hl 96822.

Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa
1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 416, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822
Phone: (808) 956-5652, Fax: (808) 956-6345, Email: