SLS-Administered Funding Sources


The Department of Second Language Studies has a number of scholarship funds that support student research and conference travel. Descriptions of these funds, their purposes, and application procedures and materials can be found at the following links.


Charlene Sato Memorial Scholarship

  • Established in honor of Dr. Charlene Sato
  • Funds to be provided to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing academic work related to Hawai’i Creole English

Elizabeth Carr Holmes Scholarship

  • Established in honor of Dr. Elizabeth Carr Holmes, emeritus professor of Speech at the University of Hawai‘i
  • Provides funds to students in the BA, MA, AGC, and PhD in SLS programs to carry out program-related research
  • Preference given to students conducting research for scholarly papers, theses, and dissertations

Russell J. & Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowships in Second Language Studies

  • For SLS PhD Students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents
  • Dissertation Fellowship: $25,000/semester for up to 3 semesters all inclusive
  • Pre-Dissertation Research Award: $5,000
  • For fellowships/research awards starting in Fall or research awards for Summer, applications are due March 1st (notification mid-March)
  • For fellowships/research awards starting in Spring, applications are due October 1st (notification mid-October)

Ruth Crymes Memorial Grant

  • Established in honor of Dr. Ruth Crymes, former University of Hawai’I faculty member and president of International TESOL
  • Income from the grant supports full-time degree-seeking students with expenses such as travel associated with conference presentation and research, and registration for conference presentation
  • Helped to establish the Harry Whitten Prize for Scholarly Excellence
  • Funding cycles:
    • Fall application period for previous Summer, current Fall, and next Spring funding
    • Spring application period for previous Fall, current Spring, and next Summer funding

SLS Graduate ʻOihana Maikaʻi Fund

  • Awards issued through a fund created by SLS alumni Susan Proctor and Jonathan Hull
  • Awards may be made used to cover the costs of tuition, fees, books, supplies, conference fees, travel expenses, research costs, and financial support for other academic needs