Shansi Fellows Sara Chang '19 and Emily Eisenstein '19 visiting Showa Kinen Park in Tokyo. 


Welcome to the Shansi Fellowship application page!

Before you start your application, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with Oberlin Shansi's background, mission, and our partner organizations. Once you do this, you’ll be ready to go.

Application Forms

  1. Independent Fellowship Expression of Interest

  2. Application Form

  3. Recommendation Form

**You are responsible for sending your recommenders the Reference Form link. We suggest sending the above Recommendation Form link to your recommender at least 2 WEEKS before the application deadline.**

Important Dates

Application Tips

It will be easy to complete this application if you get everything prepared beforehand. Below, we've provided a list of information and documents that you will need:

  • Your resume summarizing your education, work, volunteer, and special attributes, awards and other activities

  • Your transcript from the Office of the Registrar. (We encourage applicants to submit a PDF of their official transcript. However we will accept unofficial transcripts. We reserve the right to request an official transcript at a later date.)

  • Statement of purpose of no more than 750 words in length (see page 2 of the application form for more information)

  • Self-introduction of no more than 750 words in length (see page 2 of the application form for more information)

  • The names of three recommenders – names, email, and phone numbers

    • An Oberlin College faculty member

    • A peer -- this can be Oberlin College friend, classmate, or a peer from elsewhere

    • An Oberlin faculty or staff member or a non-Oberlin affiliated individual who has acted as your supervisor, teacher, or mentor.

​Questions for the Independent Fellowship are different from questions for the site-specific Fellowships. You may apply to both a site-specific Fellowship and an Independent Fellowship. Please ensure that you respond to questions that correspond to the type of Fellowship(s) for which you are applying.

For further information, read the Application FAQs, or if you have questions or technical issues, email Ted Samuel ( to set up an appointment to chat by phone or Zoom.