Views of Japan, Indonesia, India and China




  • Each year Oberlin Shansi awards Fellowships to China, India, Indonesia, and Japan. Fellows work with Shansi’s long-term partners - including universities, non-governmental organizations, and a United Nations Agency - for approximately two years. We also offer an Independent Fellowship where applicants can propose to work with an organization of their choosing in South, Southeast, or East Asia. 


  • Fellowships are open to all graduating seniors and alumni within three years of their graduation, regardless of major, at both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music. No prior international experience is required. Shansi provides Fellows with a comprehensive orientation, relevant professional preparation, and intensive language training.


  • Fellows’ responsibilities vary from site to site. At our university partners in Indonesia, China, and Japan, Fellows serve as English Instructors and often assist with international programs, extracurricular activities, and arts initiatives. At our NGO and UN partners in India and Japan, Fellows collaborate with local communities on projects centered on public health, peace education, environmental sustainability, and human rights. Candidates are encouraged to research each site prior to applying. 


  • Shansi seeks Fellowship applicants that demonstrate the diverse academic interests, professional backgrounds, and lived experiences that are representative of the broader Oberlin College community. We do not discriminate on the basis of national or ethnic origin, race, color, sex, religion, creed, disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.


  • Non-US citizens are encouraged to speak with Shansi staff early in the application process to discuss available opportunities.

In January 2022, Shansi will be accepting applications for:


Applications will be due on Monday, January 3rd, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.

*Fellowships are scheduled to begin with language training in late June or early July of 2022. However, the health and safety of Fellows are our first priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shansi and our partner organizations are prepared to generate online work plans if Fellows are unable to travel internationally before the intended start date. Fellows will still receive their normal stipends and a number of other benefits while working from the United States.

For more information

We would be happy to discuss these unique Fellowship opportunities with you at any time.

Please contact Ted Samuel, Oberlin Shansi Deputy Director, at to set up an appointment to chat by phone or Zoom. 

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.