Each year Oberlin Shansi awards fellowships to current Oberlin College and Conservatory seniors and graduates of the past three years to live and work in China, India, Indonesia, and Japan. The fellowships provide challenging and rewarding opportunities with Shansi’s long-term university and non-governmental organization partners in these four countries. The fellowships are open to all Oberlin students, regardless of academic department, at both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music.
The Oberlin Shansi Board of Trustees seeks individuals who are interested in intercultural learning and sharing, who are outgoing and intellectually curious, and who will demonstrate a passion for this experience. Language fluency and teaching background are not prerequisites, nor is experience abroad, but openness to new ideas and new cultures will be critical to success. There are two primary goals for the Shansi Fellowships: first, for the fellows to experience life in contemporary Asia and develop a comprehension of the host cultures, peoples, and languages; and second, for host country nationals to have opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue with Oberlin graduates so that they may learn about the culture and people of the United States. Individuals and institutions, on both sides of the exchange, benefit from these partnerships.
For these fellowships, candidates will need to operate independently, respect Shansi’s long-term affiliations with their partners in Asia, and be mindful of the partner institution’s requirements for the fellows. Candidates must be adaptable and patient, and demonstrate sensitivity to cultures with values that may be very different from their own. Balancing these objectives requires full-time commitment, individual initiative, and determination. The rewards are often rich and life changing. Most former fellows report that they gained much more than they contributed to their host institutions, and that the relationships they built during their Shansi Fellowships last for the rest of their lives.
Oberlin Shansi currently maintains 15 Shansi Fellowships among our seven partner institutions. Although similar in basic respects, the fellowships vary from country to country. Some are more structured and traditional, and involve teaching English and managing cultural exchange activities, while others, including placements outside of traditional academic settings, depend more on individual initiative and dialogue with the partner institutions to develop goals and work plans for the Shansi Fellows. Each fellowship has its own challenges and strengths, and potential applicants are encouraged to carefully review the descriptions of each, as well as the terms of the appointment.
This fall, Shansi will award seven fellowships that will begin in the summer of 2014. Three new fellows will go to China; two new fellows will join partners in Indonesia; and one each will be assigned to Japan and India. One of the fellowships to China is for one year, while all of the other fellowships are for two-year durations. Specifically, these fellowships will be at:
Beijing Normal University (BNU), Beijing, China – One fellowship available for 2014-2015
Shanxi Agricultural University (SAU), Taigu, Shanxi, China – Two fellowships available for 2014-2016
Jagori Grameen, Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh, India – One fellowship available for 2014-2016
Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia – One fellowship available for 2014-2016
Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh, Indonesia – One fellowship available for 2014-2016
J.F. Oberlin University, Machida, Japan – One fellowship available for 2014-2016
Please e-mail Elaine Vukov (firstname.lastname@example.org). Alternatively, if you’re around Oberlin College’s campus, you can always drop by the Shansi office located in Peters Hall, Room 103. We would be happy to discuss this unique opportunity with you at any time.
Oberlin Shansi is committed to open and fair selection of participants in all of its programs, and considers without prejudice all eligible applicants regardless of an individual’s national or ethnic origin, race, color, religion, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.