Each year several graduate assistantships (GAs) are made available to the Department of Economics. Graduate assistants are required to work 20 hours per week. GAs receive full tuition waivers and health insurance benefits. Specific duties of GAs are diverse. Research Assistants help faculty with their research projects, while Teaching Assistants help faculty with course grading, record keeping, review sessions, and student consultation.
Since graduate assistants usually engage in verbal instruction, high proficiency in English is necessary. The University requires that all foreign GA applicants take the TOEFL exam and score 600 or better on the paper version (PBT) or 100 or better on the internet version (iBT). The scores of listening and speaking should be higher than 25 for applicants with iBT.
Download a graduate assistant application form. Send your completed application, plus a copy of your current transcript, to the Economics Department office at the following address:
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Department of Economics
2424 Maile Way
Saunders Hall 542,
Honolulu, HI 96822
East-West Center Fellowships
The Department of Economics maintains strong links with the East-West Center (EWC) adjoining the Manoa campus. The EWC currently makes available graduate fellowships to individuals interested in participating in the educational and research programs at the EWC while pursuing a master's or doctoral degree at the University of Hawai'i. Some Department of Economics faculty members have joint appointments or are affiliated with the East-West Center. Citizens and permanent residents from these countries are eligible for EWC fellowships.
- United States
- Pacific Region: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna Islands.
- Southeast Asia: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.
- South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
- East Asia: China (Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland, Taiwan), Japan, Republic of Korea, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Republic of, Mongolia, Russia.
EWC applications are due on December 1. Students are encouraged to request application forms between July and September to insure adequate time for completion and submission. Nonetheless, the EWC will send out applications for financial aid up to two weeks before the deadline to applicants in most countries. Those interested in applying can download an application here.
The following is a list of scholarships available through the East-West Center.
- East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship (EWC GDF)
- Asian Development Bank-Government of Japan Scholarship (ADB JSP)
- United States--South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP)
- United States--Timor-Leste Scholarship Program (USTL)
- Indonesian Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI) Scholarship - Government of Indonesia (DIKTI)
- Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)-Vietnam Scholarship Program
- Obuchi Student Scholarship
A modest number of full and partial tuition waivers are available to assist students who are able to defray part but not all of the costs of their graduate education in economics at the University of Hawai'i. They are awarded on the basis of need and/or merit.
Merit-based tuition waivers are also available to applicants for admission and continuing students, regardless of country or state of residence. These waivers are awarded by the Department of Economics. All admitted applicants and continuing students are automatically considered for tuition waivers.
Financial aid is available from federal, state, University and private resources. Interested applicants and students can learn more from the Office of Financial Aid Services
Hung Family Fellowships
Each year the Hung Family Endowment funds one fellowship in Chinese economic policy. Fellows receive a stipend along with a full tuition waiver provided by the University of Hawai'i. The applicant must be a resident of China or Taiwan and a graduate student in the UH-Manoa Economics Department. At the discretion of the Department, the one-year award may be renewed. The application must include a letter of recommendation from an economics faculty member in the relevant field and a 500-word essay on Chinese economic policy. Academic ability is the main criterion for selection of fellows.
Please send application materials by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Hung Family Fellowship" in the subject line.
Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP)
The Asian Development Bank, as part of its Scholarship Program funded by the Government of Japan, offers opportunities to talented individuals from its developing member countries to pursue post-graduate studies. Scholarships to study economics are awarded through the East-West Center. The awards cover full tuition and fees, a monthly subsistence allowance, housing in East-West Center dormitories (except for students with accompanying children), medical insurance, and airfare. Students from Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and Brunei are not eligible. Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to the scholarship coordinator at the address below. The deadline for ADB-JSP scholarships is December 1 each year. Please note that this deadline is earlier than the University of Hawai'i deadline.
Burnham O Campbell Scholarship
The Burnham O Campbell Scholarship is awarded annually to a Ph.D. candidate with interests in Asian economic development who has successfully defended the dissertation proposal, made substantial progress towards completion of the dissertation and has a high probability of successfully completing the dissertation within a few months of the award.
For more information, contact Graduate Chair.
Prof. M.K Mok & Prof. James Mak Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship assistance to a graduate student in the department. Preference is given to a Ph.D. student in their dissertation-writing stage, and especially to a student who has papers accepted for publication in respectable top-tier academic journals. The applicant should be a full-time student with a minimum GPA of 3.5. The selection committee awards one scholarship in each academic year and this scholarship is non-renewable.
For more information, contact Graduate Chair.
Other Potential Funding Sources
- Campus jobs If you narrow your search by selecting “Research” under "Category" you get RA-type jobs.
- Conference Travel Grant (Graduate Student Organization) Application deadline: none Award amount: varies Funds provided by UH's Graduate Student Organization (GSO) on a rolling basis. Intended as reimbursement for travel costs.
- Arts & Sciences Advisory Council Awards Application deadline: See A&S Advisory Council Website Award amount: up to $3000. The mission of the Arts & Sciences Advisory Council is providing monetary awards to upper division undergraduates with a declared major and classified graduate students. The awards of up to $3000 are intended to help fund special scholarly projects of significant educational value initiated by individual students and not available through regular coursework. Preference is given to projects requiring travel.
- Other Sources U.S. citizens may obtain "A Guide to Financial Aid at the University of Hawai'i" from the Financial Aid Office in the Student Services Center. This pamphlet contains a description of many sources of financial aid available to U.S. citizens. A guide to financial aid can be downloaded from the Financial Aid Office: http://www.hawaii.edu/fas/. Or you can request a copy of the pamphlet by e-mail: email@example.com. Financial aid information for foreign students is available on the website of the International Student Services office. Non-U.S. citizens may also obtain financial aid information from the International Student Services office by sending an e-mail to the ISS office: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about financial aid sources can also be found on the UHM Economics website.
- Professors with research grants advertise for research assistants on an irregular basis. Advertisements for research assistants, along with advertisements for other on- and off-campus jobs, are usually posted on the student employment's website.
- Review a list of fellowships and scholarships at UH.