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VIA is proud to offer three fully funded fellowships each year. Please see the tabs below for details.

dwightclark Each year, one fellowship is awarded to a new VIA one-year service fellow who demonstrates outstanding potential for leadership in an international public service context. The inaugural year of the fellowship is 2015-2016. Dwight founded Volunteers in Asia in 1963 with the conviction that voluntary service–a powerful symbiosis of the roles of co-worker and learner–is an effective approach for respectfully entering a new society. Now in retirement he continues to support VIA’s programs that offer opportunities for life-changing educational experiences through service and immersion in a local Asian community.

To celebrate VIA's 50th anniversary, VIA alumni have generously created the Dwight Clark Fellowship to underscore the growing importance of understanding Asia, and our commitment to developing future leaders who have first-hand experience in one of the world’s most fascinating and complex regions.

Key Details: A successful applicant will demonstrate VIA values of respect, humility, curiosity, initiative, resilience and enthusiasm for experiential learning. We look for evidence of leadership potential and commitment to public service as we assess the quality and content of written statements. The fellowship will be awarded at the time of acceptance to the VIA program. It can be applied to one year of service at any VIA post or country. The fellowship recipient is matched with a mentor, a VIA alumnus/ae and/or VIA staff member who offers resources that support her/his personal and professional growth, and achieving career aspirations.

The fellowship benefits include:

  • Waived VIA program fee ($1800-$2200 depending on the country of service) and overseas insurance fee
  • Up to $1,000 for a return airline ticket after successfully completing the fellowship, if that is not provided by our Asian partner
  • Four weeks of training and orientation
  • Foreign language classes during training and at your post
  • Support from VIA staff in Asia Participation in a mid-year conference
  • A local living stipend is offered through in-kind contributions from our Asian host organization
  • The total value of the fellowship is approximately $10,000. The only cost for the successful applicant is a one-way ticket to the start the training in Asia.

Fellow responsibilities:

  • Attend virtual pre-departure training sessions
  • Attend the month-long trainings in Asia and mid-year conference
  • Participate in VIA’s annual crowdfunding scholarship campaign
  • Design and create three small photo or video projects and a plan to share your experience with an external audience

To apply: In addition to your one-year fellowship application, please address the following two questions (500 words or less for each question):

1. Describe what values are most important to you and how you intend to make them a part of your fellowship experience.

2. Describe your personal leadership qualities and how they would relate to an Asian host organization.

environment

This fellowship, administered jointly by VIA and the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford, sends two graduating seniors or recent alumni to teach at the Ouyang Yu Experimental Middle School in Xintang Town, Hunan Province, China. Dr. Huang, a prominent engineer and entrepreneur, founded this rural middle school to raise the quality of education in Hunan, his native province. Fellows experience life in a rural area of China - one which is becoming more unique as China's modernization continues to unfold - and are given the opportunity to learn more about an area of China that most foreigners will never get to see firsthand.

Fellowships are for one year, with the opportunity to extend for a second year if desired. Fellows depart for Asia in early August to join other volunteers for cross-cultural training. In addition to teaching English to middle school students at Ouyang Yu, fellows receive $1,000 to design and implement a series of service projects aimed at benefiting the school and local community.

Previous service projects have included a student English magazine, an English Resource room, a tree-planting campaign, student scholarships, eyeglasses for students in need, and the development and production of a Hepatitis B education pamphlet geared towards young adults.

The fellowship benefits include:
  • Waived VIA program fee ($2,000) and overseas insurance fee
  • Up to $1,000 for a ticket to VIA's training in Asia
  • Up to $1,000 for a return airline ticket after successfully completing the fellowship
  • Four weeks of training and orientation
  • Foreign language classes during training and at your post
  • Support from VIA staff in Asia Participation in a mid-year conference
  • A local living stipend is offered through in-kind contributions from our Asian host organization
  • $1,000 funding for a service project
  • The total value of the fellowship is approximately $13,000.

Fellow responsibilities:

  • Attend virtual pre-departure training sessions
  • Attend the month-long trainings in Asia and mid-year conference
  • Participate in VIA’s annual crowdfunding scholarship campaign
  • Design and create three small photo or video projects and a plan to share your experience with an external audience
  • Design and create a service project that is implemented at the school

To apply: In addition to your one-year fellowship application, please address the following two questions (500 words or less for each question):

1. Describe what values are most important to you and how you intend to make them a part of your fellowship experience.

2. Describe why you want to work at the OYY school.

 

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