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Including how to apply, please visit the following pages:

Undergraduate Programs Information

Major or minor in Asian Studies.

Graduate Programs Information

Including: Master of Arts in Asian Studies, Master’s in Asian International Affairs, and Graduate Certificates in Asian Studies.

Student Testimonials

Christina Geisse

The Asian Studies Program was incredible because most professors were undertaking their own research, passionate about their subject of study, and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with students. It felt fresh and profound at the same time. Inspiring! 

Christina Geisse
Kim Sluchansky

I was able to delve deep and focus on the areas of Asian Studies that truly interested me, and therefore gained a much more thorough and developed understanding of my fields of interest, which are applicable to my current career path. Also, the professors are extremely helpful and want their students to succeed. They were very supportive both while I was at UH and after I graduated.

Center for Japanese Studies 2024-25 fellowships/scholarships open!

2024-2025 Center for Japanese Studies fellowships/scholarships, UHM

Application Deadline:  Thursday, February 1, 2024

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships – East Asia

U.S. citizen or permanent resident; UHM graduate and undergraduate students who combine modern foreign language training with area/international studies in full-time degree programs and who demonstrate financial need (submission of FAFSA—Free Application for Federal Student Aid–required). 

  Summer 2024 FLAS fellowships

  • domestic or overseas intensive language study only
  • $3,500 stipend plus actual tuition cost no more than $5,000

  Academic Year 2024-2025 FLAS fellowships (pending federal funding)

  • a language course and an area studies course required each semester
  • tuition support plus stipend ($20,000 for grad students and $5,000 for undergrads for the year)

To apply, go to the above UH STAR scholarship website and search for “FLAS East Asia.”

Center for Japanese Studies fellowships/scholarships

Both U.S. and international full-time graduate students who seek a degree in any department/program UHM with a focus/specialization in Japanese studies are eligible to apply:

Center for Japanese Studies Graduate Fellowship ($15,000)

Hanayo Sasaki Graduate Merit Scholarship (approx. $2,000)

Minae & Miki Kajiyama Graduate Scholarship (approx. $4,000)

Takie Sugiyama Lebra Fellowship (up to $15,000)

Tasuku Harada Graduate Scholarship (approx. $6,000)

To apply for all of them at once, go to the above UH STAR scholarship website and search for ”Center for Japanese Studies.”

Eligible undergraduate students can apply for the following scholarship at the STAR scholarship website:

Avis Morigawara Scholarship (approx. $1,000 for undergraduate study)

Wakaba Kai Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship (approx. $1,000 for a Hawaii state resident junior/senior who graduated from a Hawaii high school)

The STAR application site asks for:

  • Email addresses of 3 referees (Upon your application submission, your referees receive STAR reference request emails. Online references must be received in a week.)
  • Statement of purpose to be attached online

Submit following additional documents in electronic or hard copies to Fellowships Coordinator, Dr. Chizuko Allen,, Moore Hall 416B:

  • Non-UH transcripts (no need to submit UH transcripts)
  • GRE/GMAT scores, if tests were taken
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