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The Kohala Center receives $500,000 to continue doctoral and postdoctoral fellowship program

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded $500,000 for the Mellon-Hawaii Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program to support three additional cohorts of doctoral and postdoctoral fellows for the next three years. The program was established at The Kohala Center 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.

Since its inception, 25 doctoral and postdoctoral scholars from academic institutions in Hawaii, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom have been accepted to the program, with many subsequently receiving academic appointments or offers to have their book manuscripts published. Doctoral fellows receive financial support to complete their dissertations before accepting their first academic posts, while postdoctoral fellows receive financial 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.

Kamehameha Schools has also supported the fellowship program each year since 2008. The Kahiau Foundation has also contributed for the past two years. The fellowship application deadline for the upcoming academic year is Friday, Feb. 28. For more information, visit