A variety of financial assistance is available for students pursuing Japanese studies at UH. What we have listed may not be comprehensive and students should also inquire at their respective departments. Please contact the appropriate funding agency in advance for exact deadlines and amounts. To receive information on award and scholarships opportunities, join our mailing list (form below scholarship information).

Please note that for funds administered by the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) and applied through UH Mānoa Student Scholarships (STAR) system, one application submission allows the student to apply for all CJS fellowships. This information is also indicated in STAR.

Awards administered through UH
Center for Japanese Studies Scholarship is to assist full-time graduate students who are enrolled in any department or program at UHM that has a focus or specialization in Japanese Studies. For more information and to apply, visit UH Mānoa Student Scholarships (STAR) and search by title.
  • John Fee Embree Scholarship commemorates Anthropologist John Fee Embree (1908-1950) who studied Japanese culture and Japanese immigrants in Hawaiʻi as well as South East Asia. He earned a B.A. from UHM and a PhD from the University of Chicago and taught at UHM before moving to Yale University. This fund is to provide scholarships to graduate students enrolled at UHM who focus on Japan in the disciplines of anthropology and sociology. For more information and to apply, visit UH Mānoa Student Scholarships (STAR) and keyword search by title.
  • Hanayo Sasaki Graduate Merit Scholarship is endowed by Mrs. Hanayo Sasaki of Honolulu. This fund is to provide scholarships to graduate students enrolled at UHM who focus or specialization in Japanese Studies. For more information and to apply, visit UH Mānoa Student Scholarships (STAR) and keyword search by title.
  • Minae and Miki Kajiyama Graduate Scholarship is based on the donation from Minae and Miki, the widow and daughter of Toshiyuki Kajiyama (1930-1975), a popular novelist and freelance journalist in Japan. Having numerous entertainment novels published, Mr. Kajiyama, born in Seoul, Korea, explored Korea, the atomic bomb, and Japanese immigrant related-issues for his lifetime work. The Hamilton Library has a special collection of books that he wrote and gathered for his works. Preference given to students concentrating in one or more of the following areas: relations between Korea and Japan; Hiroshima and the atomic bomb; and Japanese emigration. For more information and to apply, visit UH Mānoa Student Scholarships (STAR) and keyword search by title.
  • Tasuku Harada Educational Fund is in honor of Tasuku Harada, the founder of Japanese Studies at UH during the academic year 1920-21. The fund will provide educational support and professional development for any faculty or graduate student in the field of Japanese Studies. For more information and to apply, visit UH Mānoa Student Scholarships (STAR) and keyword search by title.
  • Takie Sugiyama Lebra Fellowship is endowed by Dr. Takie Sugiyama Lebra, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, who taught at UHM from 1970 until her retirement in 1996. is endowed by Dr. Takie Sugiyama Lebra, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, who taught at UHM from 1970 until her retirement in 1996. The purpose of this fund is to provide support for Japanese studies graduate student fellowships and for occasional lectures by visiting scholars.  For more information and to apply, visit UH Mānoa Student Scholarships (STAR) and keyword search by title.
  • Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship ($15,000 stipend and tuition) For U.S. citizen or permanent resident graduate students who combine formal modern Japanese language training (3rd year level or higher) with area studies. Following federal guidelines, Ph.D. dissertation research or write-up will be given low priority in awarding FLAS fellowships. For more information and to apply, visit UH Mānoa Student Scholarships (STAR) and keyword search by title.
  • Summer Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship ($2,500 and tuition up to $5,000) For U.S. citizen or permanent resident graduate and undergraduate students who will enroll in a formal program of intensive language study. Either 120 contact hours in advanced Japanese or 140 contact hours in intermediate Japanese are required. For more information and to apply, visit UH Mānoa Student Scholarships (STAR) and keyword search by title.
  • Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) Graduate Student Travel Awards are for UHM graduate students who focus on Japan to present papers at conferences or attend advanced training workshop on the U.S. mainland and abroad. The award is up to $1,000 for airfare, per diem, and other conference-related expenses.
  • Ehime Prefectural Summer Internship (EPIC) was initiated to foster friendship between Ehime and Hawaii. The EPIC Summer Internship sends two UHM students to Japan for approximately 60 days during May-August. This includes round-trip airfare, a living stipend, and housing. Applications are due in early February. See this page for more information and to apply.
  • Graduate Assistantships are offered to graduate students through their respective departments. For more information, please consult with your department chair or advisor.
  • Graduate Student Organization Travel Fund. The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) of the University of Hawai’i has grants and awards to provide assistance to UH graduate students. All classified and unclassified graduate students who pay GSO fees are eligible. For more information and application forms, contact GSO at (808) 956-8776, Hemenway 212 or visit UHM GSO Grants & Awards.
  • Matsuro and Tsuruko Nakasone Endowment Fund is to provide students, preferably graduate students, with the opportunity to travel outside of Hawaiʻi to engage in study or research in Okinawa-related subjects. These students should have an academic focus or interest in Okinawan studies and have demonstrated a commitment to learning about or acquiring a deeper understanding of Okinawa, its people, culture and history. First priority use of the Fund shall be for travel with educational purposes that are directly related to Okinawan studies, and may be used for, but not limited to:  attending conferences, presenting papers, conducting research, and participating in educational activities such as student competitions, training or special or joint projects. Second priority use of the Fund shall provide general support and aid to students, which include, but are not limited to: scholarships (tuition, books and fees), awards, conference fees, project materials and supplies, or training directly related to Okinawan studies. Criteria: (1) Recipients must be full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in any area of study at UHM, who have an academic focus or interest in Okinawan studies and have demonstrated a commitment to learning about or acquiring a deeper understanding of Okinawa, its people, culture and history.  Preference shall be given to graduate students. (2) Financial need shall be a criterion in making this award, although not necessarily as defined by federal guidelines. For more information and to apply, visit UH Mānoa Student Scholarships (STAR) and keyword search by title.
Awards administered outside of UH
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) Graduate Fellowships and Grants. Various fellowships and grants are awarded to graduate women For more information and to apply, please visit the AAUW's website.
  • Blakemore Freeman Fellowship is awarded each year for the advanced study of modern Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian languages. Blakemore grants are intended for individuals successfully pursuing careers involving Asia who find that language study abroad at an advanced level is essential to realize their goals. The grants fund a year of language study at an institution in Asia selected by the applicant and approved by the Foundation. An example of an approved program is the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US. The grants cover tuition and related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation. For more information and to apply, please visit The Blakemore Foundation's website.
  • Crown Prince Akihito Scholarships are for one or two years (renewable after first year) of study in Japan and provide $30,000 (+ $15,000 COLA and tuition supplement) annually. Two scholarships are usually awarded each year to graduate students (US citizenship required) enrolled at UHM who are studying in a subject area leading to better understanding and relations between Japan and the United States. Familiarity with and knowledge of Japanese culture and language are helpful. Applications are usually available at the beginning of September from the Center for Japanese Studies, Moore 216; tel: (808) 956-2665. Information can also be found on the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation's website. Deadline: late October
  • East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowships are available to individuals interested in participating in the educational and research programs of the East-West Center while pursuing graduate degree study at the University of Hawai’i. Citizens and permanent residents of the United States and citizens of countries in the Pacific and Asia are eligible. Provisions may include dormitory housing, monthly stipend, tuition and fees, allowance for books, and health insurance. Fellowships are granted on an annual basis but may be renewed to the allowed maximum grant time. Contact: East-West Center Award Services Office; 1601 East-West Rd.; Honolulu, HI 96848-1601; tel: (808) 944-7735; fax: (808) 944-7730. For more information, please visit the East-West Center's webpage on Education Programs.
  • Founder Region Fellowship (a foundation within Founder Region, Soroptimist International) offers financial grants totaling up to $20,000 to women in the last year of their doctoral degree. Applicants must be citizens of a country in which there are Soroptimist Clubs and must be attending a university within the boundary of Founder Region which includes the state of Hawaiʻi. For information and application, visit the Soroptimist International Founder Region Fellowship's website.
  • Fulbright Grants (Hays and Study Abroad) are primarily for academic research in Japan, but may be partly used for supplementary Japanese language study, or for an internship to supplement research. Applicants must be US citizens and PhD dissertation research candidates or graduate students enrolled in professional schools. Grants provide round trip international transportation, health and accident insurance, tuition and maintenance for one academic year. UH students must apply through UH Graduate Division. For more information and to apply, see UHM Office of International and Exchange Programs - Fulbright Program.
  • Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program for students intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. Candidates must be U.S. citizens who, by July 1 of the year they enter the program, will have received at least a bachelor’s degree and will not have reached their 30th birthday. Luce Scholar candidates are nominated by seventy-five colleges and universities. Completed applications necessary for institutional endorsement are due by mid-October at most participating schools. The campus liaison at UHM is Dr. Christine Yano (cryano@hawaii.edu), Professor of Anthropology. The Luce Foundation cannot accept individual applications submitted directly to the foundation. For more information, visit the Henry Luce Foundation's website.
  • Monbukagakusho Research Scholarships. The Japanese Ministry of Education offers scholarships for graduate students to conduct research at Japanese universities for terms of one and a half or two years. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, under thirty-five years of age, in sound health, and either have sufficient Japanese-language ability to enable them to carry out their research projects or be willing to be trained in Japanese upon arrival. The scholarships provide a monthly allowance, transportation to and from Japan, an arrival allowance and a field of study allowance, university fees and tuition, and assistance with accommodations. For more information, please check the news section of the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu's website.
  • Boren Fellowship and Scholarship is an initiative of the National Security Education Program that offers scholarships for study abroad. Student must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application and enrolled as a degree seeking student in an accredited US college or university. Recipients are required to fulfill a service requirement. For more information and applications, visit Boren Awards. The UHM campus representative is Dr. Chizuko Allen; Moore 416B; (808) 956-2210; chizuko@hawaii.edu
  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation offers the following fellowships: (1) Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowships for PhD candidates writing on topics of religious and ethical values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences; (2) Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies for PhD candidates writing their dissertations on a topic concerning women. For more information and to apply, visit the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation's website.