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Fellowship program accepting applications

January 28, 2014 - 5:09pm

The Mellon-Hawaii Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year. More information and application materials are available at The application deadline is Feb. 28.

The Mellon-Hawaii fellowship program was established in 2008 for 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. The program is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Kamehameha Schools, and administered by The Kohala Center. The Kahiau Foundation joined in support in the academic years 2010-11 and 2012-13. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently committed to support the program through 2017.

Applicants accepted to the program as doctoral fellows receive $45,000 in support to complete their dissertations before accepting their first academic posts. Postdoctoral fellows receive $55,000 in support to publish original research early in their academic careers. In addition, the program 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. The fellowship is open to qualified scholars from around the world.

The current cohort of fellows includes Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar, doctoral candidate in the department of political science at University of Hawaii at Manoa; Eomailani Kukahiko, doctoral candidate in education at UH-Manoa; Bryan Kuwada, doctoral candidate in English at UH-Manoa; Kaiwipunikauikawekiu Lipe, doctoral candidate in education administration at UH-Manoa; and postdoctoral fellow Brandy Nalani McDougall, who earned her Ph.D. in English from UH-Manoa in 2011 and currently serves as an assistant professor of indigenous studies in the American Studies department at UH-Manoa.

Award notifications will be made by April 4. For more information about the fellowship program or to apply, visit or contact Cortney Hoffman at or 887-6411.

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