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Asian Studies Student Jeremiah Bonilla wins for research presentation

At the Spring Undergraduate Showcase hosted by the UH-Manoa Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Asian Studies student Jeremiah Bonilla took first place for his research presentation titled “Guns, Art, and Empathy: How Filipinos Opposed the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945)”.

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Congratulations, Jeremiah!!

Asian Studies Student Jeremiah Bonilla Wins Research Grant

Picture of Asian Studies Student Jeremiah Bonilla, Research Grant Recipient

Jeremiah Bonilla, a graduating senior majoring in Asian Studies with a minor in Peace Studies, was recently awarded a $4,427 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program grant to support his independent project, “Guns, Art, and Empathy: How Filipinos Opposed the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945).” The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) coordinates and promotes opportunities for undergraduate students across all disciplines at UH Manoa to engage in faculty-mentored research and creative works.

Jeremiah’s project idea emerged from his own interests. He applied for the UROP grant because it allowed him to research a topic that he was really curious about, to deconstruct and understand the relationship between the United States and the Philippines during the Pacific War. He says, “To put it in simple words: I am conducting my own research while at the same time getting paid for it. For me, it’s a rewarding and fun experience because I am doing something that I am passionate about. Another rewarding aspect of my UROP experience is the skills that I get to develop through the process, whether in creating a grant proposal or writing a research paper. I know that these skills will come in handy especially during my graduate study and for my future career.” He is working on this project under the guidance of his faculty mentor Dr. Kristi Govella, an Assistant Professor in the Asian Studies Program.

Jeremiah decided to major in Asian Studies because he felt that it was the perfect path to not only learn about different cultures within Asia but also gain an understanding of history and international politics. Reflecting back on his experience, he notes, “The most rewarding part of my experience in Asian Studies was being able to take courses from different fields of study. I took history and political science courses, and for me, they were like puzzle pieces that provided a narrative of Asia. Hence, for us students majoring in Asian Studies, we have this freedom and flexibility that other students don’t necessarily get. Finally, I am glad that I had the opportunity to work with some of the most intelligent and approachable professors in the field.”

Jeremiah hopes to continue his studies at the graduate level and to eventually pursue a career in the Foreign Service.

Two new fellowships for Southeast Asia-focus Graduate Students

Two new fellowships are available to graduate students studying Southeast Asia:
Hawaiʻi/Wisconsin Luce Graduate Field Study Fellowships for Research or Advanced Language Study in Southeast Asia
Application Deadline: December 1, 2016 | Start: Summer or Fall 2017
Hawaiʻi/Wisconsin Luce Undergraduate Southeast Asia Language Fellowships
Application Deadline: Late Spring 2017 | Start: Fall 2017
For more information on these fellowships, go here:

CFP: Hawaii/Wisconsin Luce Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Fellowships for Research in Southeast Asia

CALL FOR PROPOSALS from faculty: 

[Available here as PDF]: Luce Faculty-Student Research Announcment 2016


Funding provided by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation 

Applications are sought for funding to support research to be conducted in Southeast Asia by one UH Mānoa faculty member and one or more graduate students in summer or fall 2017.

The Henry Luce Foundation has provided funding to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison for research in Southeast Asia.  In each of the next three years, one faculty member will be chosen at one of the two institutions (UH Mānoa for the first year) to conduct research in a Southeast Asian country, with the provision that she or he is accompanied by and oversees and mentors one, two (or three*) graduate students working in the same region and on the same or related research topics and who have advanced abilities in the relevant Southeast Asian language (completed at least 2 years of language study or equivalent).  N.B.  At least one graduate student must be from the other institution; thus, for this first year, at least one graduate student participant must be from UW-Madison.

Developing proposals will be a two-stage process each year, which will involve both faculty and students.

First—BY OCTOBER 15, UH Mānoa faculty members interested in applying should contact the UH Mānoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), providing a brief description of the nature of the research they wish to undertake and the estimated time frame.  Based on this information, the CSEAS at both institutions will be prepared to facilitate communication with faculty members at the other institution and to assist  in identifying qualified graduate student participants.

Second—BY DECEMBER 1, formal applications will be made by cohorts.  An application will consist of the following

From each faculty member applicant:

  • A narrative description (3-4 pages, double spaced) outlining the nature of the research he or she intends to carry out, the location(s), and timetable.
  • A budget summary for the faculty member’s portion of the project.
  • The faculty member’s CV.

From each graduate student applicant:

  • A narrative description (2-3 pages, double spaced) outlining the nature of the research intended, locations(s), and timetable.
  • A budget summary for the student’s portion of the project.
  • The student’s CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts of graduate study

Criteria for selection include quality, originality, and potential importance of the research proposals, prior accomplishments/student records, and the degree to which the proposed research activities of the student applicants fit with the general theme identified by the faculty member.  The choice of awardees will be made by a small committee of Southeast Asia specialists who themselves are not participating in the competition.

N.B.  The research projects proposed by the graduate students need not be identical to that of the faculty member, but some level of coordination will be preferred, and student applicants are encouraged to consult with the faculty member as they develop their proposals.

Funding available:  $8,825 for faculty researcher, $7,000 for each graduate student.

Application Deadline:  December 1, 2016.

* Over the three-year period of the grant, there is funding for a total of 6 graduate students (1-3 each year, but not more than 6 in the three-year period) and 3 faculty members (one each year).

Asian Studies Program now in WICHE-WRGP


The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE)’s Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

 As of fall 2016, the Asian Studies Program at UH Mānoa is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). This program allows master’s, graduate certificate, and doctoral students who are legal residents of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) member states to pay Hawai’i resident tuition when attending the UH-Mānoa Asian Studies Program. The WICHE states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

WICHE WRGP applicants applying to UH-Mānoa must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher or possess certain exceptional abilities as affirmed by the UHM graduate program to which they apply.

To be considered for the Hawai’i resident tuition rate through the WRGP program, you must identify yourself as WICHE WRGP applicant at the time you apply.* You must fulfill all the usual requirements for admission as set by the Asian Studies Program and the the Office of Graduate Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and meet all admission deadlines. You must also provide documentation as proof of your legal residency in a WICHE state when requested by UH-Mānoa. (This documentation may include tax returns, voter certificates, active bank accounts, proofs of employment, proof of property ownership, lease agreements, among others).

For more information, please see:

UH-Mānoa Office of Graduate Education information on WICHE WRGP:

WICHE WRGP website:

*Please note: due to the requirements of residency determination, nominations and approvals for WRGP status can only be done at the time of application. It is not possible to “switch” into the WRGP once you have started your graduate program at UHM.


FLAS Fellowship Applications Available

 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

University of Hawaii at Manoa

U.S. citizen or permanent resident UHM graduate and undergraduate students combining modern foreign language training with area/international studies in full-time degree programs are encouraged to apply for:

2016 Summer Fellowship (East Asia and Southeast Asia only):

$2,500 stipend plus tuition up to $5,000

(Intensive language study plan required)

2016-17 Academic Year Fellowship:

$15,000 stipend plus tuition assistance for graduate recipients

$5,000 stipend plus tuition assistance for undergraduates

East Asia (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) – Apply at: by February 1, 2016 (Search for “FLAS East Asia”)

 Pacific Islands (Chamorro, Maori, Samoan, Tahitian, and Tongan) – Apply at: by February 15, 2016 (Search for “FLAS Pacific Islands”)

Southeast Asia (Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese) Apply at: by January 15, 2016

Applicants must complete FAFSA to demonstrate financial need

Further information available here: FLAS info 2016-17

For questions contact 956-2210 or

** Fellowships are subject to U.S. Department of Education grants **