The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is a recipient (one of a total of nineteen universities in the nation) of the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies grant for East Asia.


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships East Asia.  FLAS fellowships, academic year and summer, are federally funded academic scholarships designed to provide support and funding to undergraduate and graduate students studying the languages and cultures of East Asia.



1) Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent residents.

2) Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and studying an eligible East Asian language (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) during the award period.

3) Have demonstrated financial need (filled out FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and agreed to share results with FLAS selection committee).

4) For Chinese and Japanese, must take advanced (3rd year or higher) level language courses.

5) For Korean, must take intermediate (2nd year or higher) level language courses. Exception may be made for beginning level Korean language graduate students who have achieved advanced proficiency in another EA language.

6) For academic year fellowship, must take at least one language course and a matching area studies course each semester.

7) For summer fellowship, must enroll in a formal intensive language training program with 120 hours of instruction at advanced level, or 140 hours of instruction at lower levels, for a period of 6 weeks or longer.


Fellowship includes:

1) Summer FLAS awards.  Both undergraduate and graduate students receive the same level of funding.  Actual tuition of up to $5000.  Stipend of $3500.

2) Academic Year awards (two semesters).  An undergraduate student receives a $5000 stipend plus tuition support.  A graduate student receives a $20,000 stipend and tuition support.


To apply:

Go to the UH scholarship online site www.star.hawaii.edu/scholarship and search for FLAS East Asia.  The deadline is Feb. 1st (date of deadline may change annually due to the 1st falling on a weekend).


Questions?  Contact:  Dr. Chizuko Allen, SPAS Fellowships Coordinator, chizuko@hawaii.edu, Moore Hall 416B, telephone (808) 956-2210, fax (808) 956-6345.

FLAS Academic Year 2023-2024 Recipients


Leila K. Worman (BA double major in Chinese and Political Science)
Duncan Brouwer (MA in History)
Elijah Patton (PhD in History)


Tyler McMillin (MA in Japanese Literature)
Richard Barnes (PhD in History)
Lillian McIntyre (PhD in Japanese Literature)


Matthew Eteuati (BA/BBA double major in Korean and Finance)
Ruth Anne Taylor (MA in Korean)
Hannah Granoff (PhD in Korean Literature)

Past recipients