Every four years, area centers at U.S. universities compete for Title VI grant awards from the US Department of Education. These grants have two parts—National Resource Centers (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS).
NRC grants are awarded to the institutions with the most comprehensive resources on specific regions of the world, and come with the appellation of National Resource Center. For the 2014-2018 period, the SPAS East Asia Council (Centers for Chinese, Japanese and Korean Studies), the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies all received Title VI NRC awards. These grants support curriculum development, library collection acquisitions, faculty development, teacher training, and outreach activities.
FLAS scholarships are awarded to institutions that excel at the teaching and training of students in languages and area studies. For 2014-2018, the SPAS East Asia Council (Centers for Chinese, Japanese and Korean Studies), the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies all received Title VI FLAS awards. These provide scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students who study both language and area studies.
The three NRC grant awards to SPAS centers total $2.75 million over four years, and the three FLAS awards provide another $3.6 million for the same period. These funds are shared across UHM, supporting students, faculty and programs beyond SPAS to strengthen the entire university.