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Hauʻoli Mau Loa Graduate Fellowship

Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation, SOEST, and the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) are pleased to announce the availability of graduate assistantships for local students dedicated to careers in natural resource management in the state of Hawaiʻi. Fellowships will be awarded in the Spring semester each year for admission in the following Fall semester. Applications are due each year in early January. The overall goal of the Hauʻoli Mau Loa graduate assistantships is to develop the next generation of natural resource management leaders for Hawaiʻi.

Graduate Assistantships

Each assistantship comes with generous support for two years (2nd year pending satisfactory academic performance), including

  • a Graduate Assistantship stipend (plus fringe benefits),
  • a full tuition remission, and $5,000 in professional development funds (books, fees, travel to local and national conferences, supplies, etc.)

Eligibility Criteria

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • good academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0 prior to and throughout the assistantship);
  • from Hawaiʻi, as evidenced by graduating from a Hawaiʻi high school;
  • pursuing a M.S. degree in Marine Biology, Oceanography, or Earth & Planetary Sciences;
  • track record of supporting Hawaiʻi’s environment (e.g., internships, volunteer opportunities, etc.) and serving in a leadership capacity (academic, athletic, extracurricular, and/or professional); and
  • commitment to pursuing and attaining a long-term career in natural resource management in Hawaiʻi.

Applications may be submitted by email to  by January 15 of each year.

About the Foundation

Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation established by an individual who, in her words, “found great happiness in the islands of Hawai‘i” and sought “to return the generosity of the islands.”  As such, the Foundation is grounded in Hawai‘i’s cultures and values

In partnership with others, Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation seeks to expand for those less fortunate, especially children, opportunities to find hope for their future, and we seek to enhance stewardship, preservation and protection of the environment.