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Kohala Center

Founded in 2000, the Kohala Center in Kamuela, Hawaii, is an independent community-based center for research, conservation, and education. The center is accepting applications from scholars for its Mellon-Hawai‘i Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for the 2015–16 academic year.

Established in 2008, the fellowship program is designed to support Native Hawaiian scholars early in their academic careers and others who are committed to the advancement of knowledge about the Hawaiian natural and cultural environment, Hawaiian history, politics, and society.

Applicants accepted to the program as doctoral fellows receive $45,000 toward the completion of their dissertations before accepting their first academic post. Postdoctoral fellows receive $55,000 in support to publish original research early in their academic careers. The program also provides fellows with opportunities to prepare presentations of their research; network with community leaders, mentors, and previous fellows; and meet academic publishers who may be interested in their work.

Native Hawaiian scholars in programs granting the degree of doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) or those who have earned the degree of doctor of philosophy in any field in the arts and sciences may apply. 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, or whose research requires extended periods of time, in Hawaii. The award requires full-time commitment to a writing project during the fellowship period.

Visit the Kohala Center website for complete program guidelines, information about current and past fellows, and application instructions.


Contact: Cortney Okumura
Phone: 808.887.6411
Email: cokumura@kohalacenter.org
Website: http://kohalacenter.org/
Grant link: http://kohalacenter.org/mellon-hawaii
Deadline: 02-29-2016

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