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Grants to Hawaii Doctoral and Postdoctoral
Students for Completion of Dissertations

Mellon-Hawaii Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Kohala Center

Deadline Date:

02/29/16 5:00 PM HST Emailed and Postmarked


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Grants of up to $55,000 to Hawaii Native doctoral and postdoctoral fellows for financial assistance to complete their dissertations before accepting their first academic posts. Funding is intended for Native students that are committed to the advancement of knowledge about the Hawaiian natural and cultural environment, Hawaiian history, politics and society.

Successful candidates will be those:

• Who demonstrate scholarly and leadership promise;
• Whose research involves the Hawaiian natural or cultural environment, Hawaiian history, politics, and society;
• Who have had a history of service to the Hawaiian community and to society as a whole; and
• Who reside in, or whose research requires extended periods of time in Hawai‘i.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165726

Estimated Size of Grant:

Doctoral Fellows: $45,000.
Postdoctoral Fellows: $55,000
Mentors: $3,000.

Term of Contract:

September 2016 - June 2017


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Native Hawaiian scholars in programs granting the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or who have earned the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in any field in the arts and sciences may apply.

Native Hawaiian scholars in any residential or external degree program of a fully accredited U.S.-based institution, or institutions abroad, such as the native university system in Aotearoa (New Zealand), are eligible.

Successful candidates are required to commit themselves to their writing projects on a full-time basis during the fellowship period. Candidates are required to attend all retreats scheduled to be held on the Island of Hawaii:

• Opening retreat: July 21-24, 2016
• Scholarly presentation: November 10-13, 2016
• Closing retreat: July 20-23, 2017

Mentors are required to be at the opening retreat in July 2016 and the scholarly presentation in November 2016.

Pre-Application Information:

Email the completed application in PDF form to the contact.

Additionally, mail the printed copy with reference letters to the contact address.

Notification of awards will be made by April 15.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

T. 808-887-6411
F. 808-885-6707

P.O. Box 437462
Kamuela, Hawai‘i 96743

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii

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