Research & Policy

Where Data and Advocacy Meet

Through Research & Policy, APIA Scholars is building an infrastructure of knowledge that guides our work with our Scholars, drives our policy agenda to create systemic change that impacts Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) student success, and informs broader research and policy conversations about postsecondary equity as it relates to AANHPI students.

Learn more about our NHPI research initiatives

The Role of Early APIA Mentors


This report involves collaborative research with 8 colleges to better understand the needs of NHPI student and address their challenges to increase student success on their campuses. Building upon these findings, the report identifies overarching themes relevant to key issues including data disaggregation, and the need for targeted services in higher education and concludes with institutional and policy recommendations to improve outcomes for NHPI students.

Imposter Syndrome on College Campuses


This report provides insights into the colleges and universities that serve rural NHPI students pursuing higher education across the U.S. affiliated Pacific. These findings shed light on NHPI student experiences, as well as how institutions collect and use data to improve outcomes for NHPI students.

How APIAs Define Career Success


Serving as a launching point for future research initiatives, this report synthesizes demographic and descriptive data on the current landscape of NHPI students in higher education in the Pacific Islands and the continental U.S.


NHPI Student Success: Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Students in Higher Education

To increase Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander student success, APIA Scholars is partnering with Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) and UCLA’s Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education in collaborative research to impact data disaggregation, equitable supports, and school climate at the colleges and universities committed to serving NHPI students.

The NHPI Student Success Project is supported by the Ascendium Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, Nakupuna Foundation, and the General Motors Foundation.

Learn more about recommendations to support NHPI student success.

AANHPI English Learner Project

In partnership with UCLA’s Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education, APIA Scholars will investigate how AANHPI students in California who are English Learners (ELs) have been included or excluded from EL services. This project will result in a landscape analysis of current EL programs and practices across the state of California, and policy recommendations that provide guidance to state and local policymakers for how EL supports could more intentionally serve the growing population of AAPI students across the state. APIA Scholars aims to understand the ways in which other states might be able to better meet the diverse needs of AANHPIs, the fastest growing racial group in the country.

The English Learner Project is supported by the Sobrato Family Foundation.

Read Full Report Here.

See the Findings About English Learners from Our 2022 Annual Survey Here.

APIA Scholars Annual Survey

In Spring 2022, APIA Scholars launched its first Annual Survey to learn more about AANHPI student experiences in higher education. The survey aims to highlight the diversity of our community and uplift the issues and barriers that impact AANHPIs as well as capture opportunities throughout the pipeline to better serve and support students. The findings will inform our forthcoming Annual “State of AANHPIs in Higher Education” Report.

See the Findings Here

Applied Research Fellowship Program

The Applied Research Fellowship (ARF) Program enables outstanding AANHPI students pursuing full-time masters and doctoral degrees to play a significant role in advancing the organization’s student research and advocacy agenda. The goal of the ARF program is to empower AANHPI graduate students to conduct applied research that uplifts prominent issues affecting AANHPI students in higher education and to utilize a policy-minded approach to devise recommendations for systemic change.

To learn more about the Applied Research Fellowship Program, click here.

The Applied Research Fellowship Program is supported by ETS.

Social Innovation Cohort

Social Innovation Fellows

Selected From

Fellowship Applications

Based On


Leadership Skills


Community Mindset


Teamwork & Collaboration


Empathy & Understanding

Our Fellows Represent


7   Women

5   Men

6   GMS Scholars

6   APIA Scholars


7   Working Professionals
2   Graduate Students
3   Undergraduate Students

Fields of Study:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Political Science


  • Architecture
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality

NYU, UCLA, USC, GWU, JHU, UW, Rutgers, Princeton, West Virginia University, California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo

Learn more about our English Learner Project

The Role of Early APIA Mentors

AANHPI English Learners: A Focus on California

Imposter Syndrome on College Campuses

Understanding the Experiences of AANHPI English Learners: Findings from the 2022 APIA Scholars Annual Survey

How APIAs Define Career Success

AANAPISI Spotlight Series: Bunker Hill Community College


Through the AANAPISI Initiative, APIA Scholars aims to strengthen capacity for AANAPISIs to ensure that promising practices are shared and scaled to impact more students’ lives, and that institutions receive the resources they need to serve their students well.

Learn more about this initiative.

The Role of Early APIA Mentors


Learn more about the AANAPISI journey and how years of progress and support have brought us to where we are today.

Imposter Syndrome on College Campuses


Read the Sign On Letter for Increased Funding for AANAPISIs in FY23

How APIAs Define Career Success


We invite you to learn more about those of have spearheaded this initiative and have chosen career paths to further the mission.

AANAPISI Research Reports

The Role of Early APIA Mentors

AANAPISI Growth & Impact Brief

Imposter Syndrome on College Campuses

Bunker Hill Community College Spotlight

How APIAs Define Career Success

Exploring the Impact of AANAPISI Grant Funded Programs on Student Experiences and Outcomes


APIA Scholars is committed to advocating for AANHPI student success in the federal policy landscape, informing policy conversations, building the visibility of AANHPI students and stakeholders, and advocating for the disaggregation of data by racial and ethnic sub-group.

Read our recent advocacy letters:

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