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From: Jari Kupiainen <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jari Kupiainen <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 8 Feb 2009 17:49:00 +0200

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2009 Competition Announcement
The Norway-Pacific Islands Scholarship Program (NPISP), funded by the Research Council of Norway, is a competitive, merit-based scholarship that will provide funding to finalists from Solomon Islands and/or Vanuatu for graduate study at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. The scholarship is part of the Pacific Alternatives: Cultural Heritage and Political Innovation in Oceania project, which is administered by the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen in Norway, and includes institutions and scholars from the U.S., Australia, Europe, and the Pacific Islands.  Information on the project is available at           
The NPISP is a partnership between the University of Bergen in Norway,  the East-West Center, and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa to offer two competitive, merit-based scholarships with funding for master's degree study in fields that are directly relevant to cultural heritage and political innovation. 
Scholarship Objectives
The Norway-Pacific Islands Scholarship Program provides educational opportunities for academically talented individuals from the Solomon Islands and/or Vanuatu to pursue master's degree study in anthropology, Pacific Islands studies, or political science at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, in Honolulu.  The scholarship will provide recipients opportunities to interact and work with scholars involved in the Pacific Alternatives project. Recipients will also participate in the residential, educational and cultural programs of the East-West Center which will help in relationship building, cultural exchange, and preparation for future leadership roles in the implementation of the Pacific Alternatives project goals. 
Application Materials
The Norway-Pacific Islands Scholarship Program is administered by the East-West Center.
*         Inquiries may be directed to:  [log in to unmask]  
*         Downloadable application materials are available at:
*         Applications must be received by March 15, 2009 for study to begin on August 9, 2009. 
Eligibility Requirements
*         Applicants must be citizens of Solomon Islands or Vanuatu. 
*         Two scholarships are available on a competitive basis to individuals who have successfully completed a three-year or four-year baccalaureate (bachelor's degree).
*         As part of the Pacific Alternatives project, preference will be given to candidates who are interested in pursuing fields of study that are relevant to the objectives of the project.
*         Depending on prior study and academic performance, some students may be required to complete a one-year bridging program, which, upon completion, allows for application to a master's degree program.  Some master's programs may not require the bridging year, depending on prior study and academic performance during the first year.
*         Scholarship recipients must be able to meet the requirements of the Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa program. 
*         Participants are expected to return home following the conclusion of this scholarship award to complete the J-visa two-year home residency requirement and to share the knowledge and experience they have acquired during the program in their home country. 
Award Provisions and Conditions
The Norway-Pacific Islands Scholarship will provide:
*         Tuition and fees payable to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa;
*         Dormitory room in the East-West Center graduate residence hall, based on single occupancy;
*         Maintenance allowance for food and incidental expenses;
* Health insurance in accordance with the Exchange Visitor regulations;
*         Settling-in and book allowance;
*         Initial and terminal air transportation.
Priority Fields of Study at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Priority fields of study include anthropology, Pacific Islands studies, and political science at the master's degree level at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. 
Pacific Islands Studies:
Political Science: 
Cultural and Educational Enrichment at the East-West Center
While engaged in degree study at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, NPISP students will live in an East-West Center graduate residence hall and participate in educational enrichment and leadership training activities at the Center.  Enrichment programs include seminars, group discussions, music and cultural celebration gatherings, field trips and student community projects designed to help participants develop a broader understanding of shared concerns facing the United States and Asia Pacific region. 
Application Procedures and Inquiries
Downloadable application materials are available at:
You may request a packet directly from:
Award Services Office - East-West Center
Norway-Pacific Islands Scholarship Program
John A. Burns Hall, Room 2066
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848-1601
Telephone (808) 944-7735 | Fax (808) 944-7730
Email:  [log in to unmask]  For Email inquiries, please write "NPISP" in the subject line of your Email message for quick response.
Application Deadline
A complete application must be received by the Award Services Office at the East-West Center no later than March 15, 2009. 
Award Decision and Start Dates
Award decisions will be announced by end of April, 2009.  Awards will begin in early August 2009.

Dr. Cato Berg
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Bergen
Fosswinckels gate 6, N-5007 Bergen, Norway
Tel.: (+47) 55589355, Fax: (+47) 55589260
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

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