Student Support—Scholarships

There is a wide variety of financial assistance available for students and faculty pursuing Chinese studies at the University of Hawai’i. Students and faculty are encouraged to contact their departments, as well as look for national and international funding opportunities.

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

  • Funded by the US Department of Education
  • Open to US citizens or permanent residents
  • Undergrad or grad students at UHM combining training in Chinese language w/China-related degree
  • Summer fellowship—$2,500 stipend plus tuition up to $5,000;
  • Annual year fellowship—$15,000 stipend and tuition for grads; $5,000 stipend and tuition for undergrads
  • Application deadline: February 1, 2021. Apply at
  • For questions, contact Chizuko Allen at 956-2210 or

UH—Peking University (Beida) Exchange Program

  • Funded jointly by UH and Peking University
  • Open only to UH PhD students in Chinese Studies
  • Covers housing at Beida, a stipend for living expenses, access to the library, and advising by Beida faculty if desired (but not airfare)
  • Tenure can range from a week to a year
  • Application deadline: 5 p.m., January 15, 2021
  • 2021 UH-Beida flier
  • 2021 UHM-Beida application

Eu Tong Sen Fellowship at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Funded by Honolulu residents Eddy and Peggy Eu, in honor of Mr. Eu Tong Sen, pharmaceutics manufacturer, of Hong Kong
  • Supports one semester of study (Fall or Spring) by any UHM graduate student at CUHK
  • Enroll in 10 credit hours of any China-related course offered by CUHK, or conduct research
  • Includes full tuition plus about $7,500 to cover airfare, books, housing, food, local transportation, and miscellaneous expenses.
  • Search for “Eu Tong Sen” at
  • Application deadline: January 15, 2021.
  • For further information, contact Chizuko Allen at 956-2210 or

Ah Kin (Buck) Yee Graduate Fellowship in Chinese Studies

UHM full-time graduate students focusing on China-related studies can apply for Ah Kin (Buck) Yee Graduate Fellowship in Chinese Studies. The fellowship is open to U.S. and international students studying about China in graduate degree programs.  Recipients must fulfill requirements within the East-West Center education program. The maximum scholarship amount is approximately $7,000 for the year.

Application deadline is January 15, 2021. To apply, search for “Ah Kin (Buck) Yee” at

Chung-fong & Grace Ning Fund for Chinese Studies

  • Funded by a donation from Honolulu residents Chung-fong & Grace Ning
  • UHM faculty and graduate students are eligible
  • Maximum grant of $1500 can support conference & research travel
  • Application deadline: January 25, 2019, for travel between March 1 and December 15, 2019.
  • 2020 Ning award application

National Bureau of Asian Research: Chinese Language Fellowship Program


The Chinese Language Fellowship Program (CLFP) is a nationwide initiative designed to support American PhD students with a fellowship of up to $45,000 so that they can devote one year to intensive Chinese language training at an institution of the fellow’s choice, generally in China or Taiwan.

We are looking for emerging China scholars interested in informing U.S. public policy and training successive cohorts of American experts. Fellows will participate in a one-year intensive language program to help them acquire outstanding Chinese language skills. The Chinese Language Fellowship award is designed to cover all tuition and other registration/visa fees related to the program, as well as to provide a generous stipend to cover basic living and travel costs.

Qualified applicants for the fellowship will:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be a student in a PhD program, with a focus on China and policy.
  • Demonstrate an intermediate Chinese language ability (e.g., through course transcripts and/or the results of language assessment tests) and a clear commitment to expand these language skills. The fellowship is NOT intended to help beginner students of Chinese.
  • Desire to advance public policy toward China through improved expertise and understanding, or to contribute to scholarly research and teaching on China in order to develop future generations of China specialists.

Learn more and apply

Application deadline: January 20, 2020.
For any questions, please reach out to