Lingnan W.T. Chan Fellowships
The Lingnan W. T. Chan Fellowships Program provides challenging educational and leadership opportunities for Chinese students through service learning and intercultural experiences in the United States.
The Lingnan W.T. Chan Fellowships commemorate Professor Wing-Tsit Chan, former Dean of Lingnan University and distinguished Professor of Chinese Philosophy and Religion. They also celebrate the Lingnan motto "Education for Service."
At their core, the Chan Fellowships seek to nurture a lifelong commitment to service. Around this core, there are many secondary challenges and benefits for the Fellows. Through service, the Fellows explore challenges ranging from intercultural communication and non-profit professionalism to personal growth and leadership development.
(For an overview of the Lingnan W. T. Chan Fellowships Program, please view The Lingnan Spirit – Lessons in Global Learning.)
Lingnan W.T. Chan Fellows are selected on the basis of their commitment to service as well as their maturity, flexibility, experience, personal initiative and creativity. After selection and orientation, each Fellow is assigned to work at a non-profit organization in the United States that addresses a critical social need.
With support and guidance from program organizers, the internships are designed to help the Fellows gain practical experience in service work and intercultural cooperation. Fellows live in American homes for the full duration of the program. They also attend seminars on non-profit organization management and community development, cultural events, as well as mandatory weekly reflection meetings while in the United States.
Upon selection, W.T. Chan Fellows are assigned to one of two sites in the United States, both in California:
- Los Angeles, CA, managed by the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).
- Berkeley, CA, hosted by UC Berkeley Public Service Center.
The Fellowships usually run from August to January.
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