Joining Worlds

About Shansi

Oberlin Shansi believes in the power of people to bring diverse worlds together.Fellowships to Indonesia, Japan, China and India

An independent, nonprofit organization located on the campus of Oberlin College, Shansi’s goal is to promote understanding and communication between Oberlin and Asia. This is accomplished through individual and group educational and social programs, educational and cultural exchanges, and community projects. Shansi partners with Oberlin College in the U.S. and universities and non-governmental organizations in China, India, Indonesia and Japan to achieve this goal. Founded in 1908, it is among the oldest educational exchange programs in the United States.

The Shansi Program

  • Shansi Fellowships support recent Oberlin graduates for two years’ learning and teaching at Shansi partner institutions.
  • In-Asia Study Grants of $1,500 provide Oberlin undergraduates opportunities to develop valuable research skills and broaden their horizons by volunteering for non-governmental organizations in Asia, or through individual Winter Term or summer projects.
  • On-Campus Program Grants support events organized by chartered students organizations or college departments.
  • Visiting Research Scholarships supports visits by faculty from Shansi’s partners in Asia, who conduct research and study at Oberlin College.
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholars support scholars from Asia who teach under the auspices of Oberlin faculty.
  • Oberlin College Faculty and Staff Grants support visits to our partner institutions in Asia to lecture and/or research.
  • Sponsorship and logistical support of faculty-led group Winter Term Projects at Shansi’s partner institutions.
  • Development and support of Academic Conferences on Asian issues.
  • The Shansi Prize is awarded to meritorious student scholarship on topics relating to Asia.
  • The Shansi Distinguished Lecture Series brings renowned Asian scholars to campus for public lectures and classroom discussions.

For more on current Shansi activities, check out our What’s Happening Page or subscribe to our newsletter (sign up on the bottom right-hand corner of the webpage)!

To learn more about how to contribute to Shansi, please click here.

(L to R) Visiting Research Scholars of the 1970s B.G. Gunaraj, Challeppa, and Bhaskar Abraham and Shansi Executive Director Carl Jacobson in a throwback shot.

(L to R) Visiting Research Scholars of the 1970s B.G. Gunaraj, Challeppa, Bhaskar Abraham and past Shansi Executive Director Carl Jacobson in a throwback shot.