Scholarships & Internships

The Roland Kotani Endowment Fund Student Scholarship

Due Date: March 15, 2017


This endowment was established by the family and friends of the late State Representative Roland Kotani who was influential in the development of the Department of Ethnic Studies and in a revitalized effort to engage Hawai'iʻs young people in progressive politics. It is intended to assist students who share Kotani's interest in social change as a means of empowering people. The fund will allow students to conduct research in areas of Hawaii's multiethnic histories and communities, social movements and political economy.


Award: The Department of Ethnic Studies will award a scholarship of one thousand dollars ($1000) for the academic school year, 2017-2018.


Eligibility: Undergraduate students at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa who are at junior or senior level and are Ethnic Studies majors or enrolled in the Ethnic Studies Certificate Program. The applicant will be required to undertake a semester of community research or service learning project and enroll in ES 380 (Field Work) and/or ES 399 (Directed Reading) under the supervision of an Ethnic Studies faculty. Applicants are expected to have a minimum of 3.00 GPA in social science course work.


Selection: The Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies will evaluate the applicants and make recommendations to the Ethnic Studies Steering Committee. The quality of the applicant is critical; the proposed community service learning project must be clearly explained and well designed. The applicant must provide evidence of ability to implement it.


Application: The application should include a cover letter, two letters of recommendation, one from a UH faculty and one from a person knowledgable in the selected field of study; and a two-page description of the proposed community service learning project or research paper, including rationale, previous service learning experience (if any), and goals.


Please submit or mail applications to:

Dr. Monisha Das Gupta

ATTN: The Roland Kotani Endowment Fund Student Scholarship

Department of Ethnic Studies

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

2560 Campus Road, George 301

Honolulu, HI 96822


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Washington, D.C. Internships at the Smithsonian

Due Date: 4:00pm, March 2, 2017


A scholarship opportunity for UH Mānoa students at the Smithsonian Institution and the Washington Center is available through the generosity of three scholarship benefactors: The Sarah and Francis Sogi Smithsonian/Hawai'i Fellowship Internship, The National Capital Region Chapter of the University of Hawai'i Alumni Association Scholarship, and the Hiram L. Fong Endowment in Arts and Science. These three benefactors with the help of the Colleges of Social Sciences are able to provide substantial support for student internships in Washington, DC.



  • Declared Arts and Sciences major
  • Full-time Undergraduate
  • Hawai'i resident and U.S. citizen
  • Must be 18 years old or over
  • For the Sogi-sponsored internship, student must have taken at least one Ethnic Studies class at UH Mānoa



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Please submit or mail 3 copies of the application to:

Office of Community Relations

Colleges of Arts & Sciences and College of Languages, Linguitics & Literature

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

2545 McCarthy Mall

Bilger Hall 101

Honolulu, HI 96822


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Manoa Political Internships

Due Date: March 15, 2017


The College of Social Sciences offer four outstanding political internships. These internships offer a rare opportunity to work at the top levels of government. Through meaningful hands-on work experiences, combined with an enriching academic program, students will gain an up-close view of state and federal government and will gain skills to advance careers in a variety of fields.


To apply, login to the UH STAR Student Scholarships, and locate the desired internship by keyword searching.

  • U.S. Congressional Internship Program - Keyword: Congress
  • Hawai'i Governor's Office Internship Program - Keyword: Governor
  • Hawai'i Lieutenant Governor's Office Internship Program - Keyword: Governor
  • Hawai'i Judicial Internship Program - Keyword: Prosecutor
  • State Legislature Internship Program - Keyword: Legislature


Interns will be invloved in a wide variety of intense, directed experience in public service. Interns will work an average of 40 hours per week while earning 15 academic credits to maintain full time status.

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Standing: Junior or Senior
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0


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