Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

The Department of Anthropology makes annual awards to undergraduate students and majors based on academic performance and in support of independent anthropological research.


Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship

Established by the UH Board of Regents to recognize and foster the achievement of scholastic excellence by attracting and retaining highly qualified students.

  • Recipients must be Anthropology majors who are enrolled full-time (12 or more credits) during both the Fall & Spring semesters of a single academic year. Majors must have 24 credits or more completed in the UH system, 12 of which must be at UHM. Majors must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better at UHM.
  • Award amount will vary based on the availability of funds. There is no application. Students will be selected by the department using the above criteria, which includes ranking based on cumulative GPA scores.
  • Awardees will be notified by letter/email.

Carol Eastman Scholarship Fund for Undergraduates in Anthropology

Honoring the memory of Carol Eastman, Senior Vice President and Executive Vice Chancellor and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawaiʻi from 1994 until her death in 1997. Dr. Eastman was an advocate for undergraduates throughout her teaching and administrative careers at the Universities of Washington and Hawaiʻi where she inspired students to new levels of achievement.

  • This fund is to assist UH Mānoa Anthropology undergraduate majors who wish to undertake anthropological research as part of their program of study. Funds may be requested to support travel, living expenses and supplies.
  • The number and amount of awards shall be determined by the selection committee based on the availability of funds. Maximum award not to exceed $500.
  • Recipients must be enrolled full-time as undergraduates in the Anthropology Department, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and meet the following criteria:
    • Academic merit as demonstrated by a minimum GPA of 3.00
    • Some degree of financial need, not as determined by federal guidelines
  • Students can complete their application online. All applicants must include a letter of reference from a Department of Anthropology faculty member; please request faculty members to submit their letters to anthadv@hawaii.edu.
    • Applications are due by February 15th of every year.

Jocelyn Armstrong Merit Award

Dr. Armstrong is an Associate Professor Emerita at the Institute for Research on Human Development and in the Division of Rehabilitation Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research, which she conducts in New Zealand, Malaysia and the Midwest, focuses on ethnicity, gender and age, and their relation to health and well-being. From 1974 to 1985, Dr. Armstrong taught in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i as well as in the Freshmen Seminar Program and the Honors Program. While teaching Anthropology 200 (now offered as ANTH 152), Dr. Armstrong was impressed by the fact that students from many majors and programs took the course, not just anthropology majors. In establishing her award, she wishes to acknowledge the professional and personal enrichment she gained from working with such a broad cross-section of the University’s undergraduate community. She hopes that present and future students will be encouraged to continue considering cultural anthropology as an important component of their education and wants to recognize commitment to academic excellence among those who do.

  • The award is $250 (awarded to one student per academic year)
  • Recipients must be currently enrolled UHM undergraduates at the freshman or sophomore level who have successfully completed ANTH 152: Culture and Humanity (students enrolled in online sections are not eligible).
  • There is no application. ANTH 152 instructors nominate students on the basis of:
    • Outstanding scholastic achievement in Anthropology 152.
    • Demonstrated commitment to anthropology.
  • Nominees from both the Fall & Spring semesters will be reviewed by the UHM Department of Anthropology Awards Committee before the end of the academic year. The awardee will be notified upon their selection.

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