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Embree Scholarship and Moscotti Fellowship

The John Fee Embree Endowed Scholarship

Application period open: November 15, 2018 [Currently open]

Deadline: January 16, 2019 or when STAR closes. | Apply on STAR | Average Award: Varies

John Fee Embree
John Fee Embree

The John Fee Embree Endowed Scholarship was established to honor the late Asia scholar, Professor John Fee Embree. Dr. Embree served as Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawaii in 1937–41 and during World War II in 1943–45. He was also Associate Professor of Anthropology and head of the Japanese area studies of the Civil Affairs Training School for the Far East which the War Department set up at the University of Chicago for the training of military government officers for Japan and the Occupied Areas. He was Associate Professor of Sociology and Research Associate of Anthropology at Yale from 1948 to 1950 and, later in the year, was appointed the university’s Director of Southeast Asia Studies.

The scholarship is earmarked to assist graduate students in anthropology or sociology who are concentrating their academic work on Southeast Asia related studies at UHM. Note: This scholarship was not available for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. It was available again for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. It was not available in 2017-18. It was available in 2018-19. It will be available in 2019-20.

Past Awardees

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  • 2017: Annie Reynolds (PhD, Theatre & Dance)
  • 2015: Piphal Heng (PhD, Anthropology)
  • 2013: Asami Nago (PhD, Anthropology)
  • 2011: Kelli Swazey (PhD, Anthropology)

The Albert D. Moscotti Fellowship for Graduate Studies of Southeast Asia

Application period open: November 15, 2018 [Currently open]

Deadline: January 16, 2019 or when STAR closes. | Apply on STAR | Average Award: Varies

This endowment was established by Albert D. Moscotti in honor of his parents, Anthony and Amy Moscotti.

This fellowship is to assist full-time, classified graduate students in a degree program at UHM in any department or program in the arts, humanities or social sciences whose area of focus is Southeast Asia.

This fellowship may be used for any of the following purposes:

  • to attend a professional meeting at which the graduate student will present a scholarly paper or participate in the meeting as a discussant of a scholarly paper;
  • to provide travel expenses for Southeast Asia graduate students so that they can conduct research which will contribute to the preparation of a scholarly paper by the student or other appropriate research purposes.

Please note: Conference and other travel may be to locations in the United States only. It can also be used for library research etc., or for field research, but the award generally favors applicants who are presenting their work at a professional conference or workshop.

Past Awardees

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  • 2018: Ben Moseley (PhD, History)
  • 2017: Soksamphoas Im (PhD, Political Science)
  • 2016: Annie Reynolds (PhD, Theatre & Dance)
  • 2015: Tani Sebro (PhD, Political Science)
  • 2014: Aaron Rom Moralina (PhD, History)
  • 2013
    • Jessica Austin (MA, Asian Studies)
    • Benjamin Fairfield (PhD, Ethnomusicology)
    • Keith Bettinger (PhD, Geography)
  • 2012: Nor Ismah (MA, Asian Studies)
  • 2011: Keng Kim-Yung (PhD, Sociology)
  • 2010:
    • Piphal Heng (PhD, Anthropology)
    • Cheryl Narumi Naruse (PhD, English)
    • Jasmin Yep (MFA, Theatre & Dance)
  • 2009:
    • Mohamed Effendy bin Abdul Hamid (PhD, History)
    • Shawn Fehrenbach (MA, Anthropology)
    • Rachel Hoerman (PhD, Anthropology)
  • 2008: Bryce Beemer (PhD, History)
  • 2007: Lance Nolde (MA, History)