Yale-China CCNU Guizishan Fellowship

The Yale-China CCNU Guizishan Fellowship is an experimental initiative of the Yale-China Association and Central China Normal University (CCNU) that is intended to deepen understanding of China through collaboration and partnership.

Guizishan Fellows carry out an individualized program of inquiry in any field or area of interest; Fellows also teach a half-time course load at CCNU, with assigned classes to be determined by the backgrounds of the selected Fellows and needs at CCNU.

Fellowship Experience

The Guizishan Fellowship features a year-long appointment at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, Hubei Province. The two core responsibilities of the fellowship — an individual project and teaching duties — ensure that Guizishan Fellows maintain a very strong connection to CCNU and benefit from support through involvement with CCNU faculty, students, and administrators while in residence in Wuhan.

The project consists of four main stages:

  • Inquiry: Guizishan Fellows enter the program with a project proposal that seeks a deeper understanding of some facet of Chinese society, culture or knowledge. As part of each Fellow’s pre-departure preparations, the project is refined into a path of inquiry with guidance from CCNU and Yale-China advisors.
  • Exploration: Upon arrival in Wuhan, Guizishan Fellows begin to explore the communities and resources available to them both on campus at CCNU and beyond campus in the metropolis, taking advantage of the extensive Yale-China and CCNU networks. Teaching duties, while limited to reserve time for project work, function as an important service learning opportunity and strengthen fellows’ ties to the university community. As fellows pursue their projects, their work continues to be guided by both Yale-China and CCNU advisors.
  • Synthesis: The knowledge obtained through Guizishan Fellows’ exploration is organized and analyzed to produce a new depth of understanding on the topic of inquiry.
  • Presentation: The outcome of each fellow’s project will include the proposed final product (publication, conference, workshop, presentation, film, etc.). The product serves as evidence of the new knowledge and understanding gained from the year-long fellowship and as a measure of the fellow’s level of cooperation and collaboration at CCNU.

Eligibility and Support

Yale-China welcomes applications from college seniors and final-year graduate students at Yale University, along with recent Yale graduates (i.e., those who will have completed a BA, MA, or PhD, class of 2013 or later – including the class of 2018) in all fields. Funding support includes a stipend, accommodation at CCNU, project funding support, international travel, visa, and international health insurance. Guizishan Fellows also benefit from a Yale-China orientation program, ongoing staff support, and a worldwide network of advisors and supporters.

Selection Criteria

Successful candidates will have a record of high achievement and clearly defined interests with evidence of potential for professional accomplishments. They will demonstrate fluency in Mandarin at a level sufficient to carry out their proposed project as well as an ability to work both cooperatively and independently. Cultural sensitivity, open-mindedness, and flexibility are additional characteristics sought by the selection committee. Previous experience living in China preferred.

Application Process

Applications to the 2018-2019 Guizishan Fellowship are due on February 16, 2018 midnight. Applicants are encouraged to contact Yale-China (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) to set up one-to-one meetings as they develop their project proposals. After evaluation of written applications, strong candidates will be invited to an interview with the selection committee. The two Yale-China CCNU Guizishan Fellows will be announced in March 2018. For an application to be considered complete, all of the following materials must be received by the fellowship selection committee by the application deadline:

■ Completed application form (Download Here)
■ Curriculum vitae
■ Three letters of recommendation, including one from a Yale faculty member and one assessing your Mandarin proficiency
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■ Official academic transcript(s)

For more information on these application components and the application process, all applicants should download and read the Application Instructions.

Info Sessions for Guizishan Fellowhip
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 1-2 pm @ Thompson Room, Timothy Dwight College
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7:30 PM @ Berkeley Common Room

About Central China Normal University (CCNU)

Website: http://www.ccnu.edu.cn

Located in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province and a major hub of transportation in China, Central China Normal University is a key comprehensive university directly under the administration of the Chinese Ministry of Education. The picturesque campus of over 2,000 Mu (330 acres) is nestled on Guizi Hill, bordering South Lake. As one of the universities on the list of the 211 National Education Priority Project, Central China Normal University is highly recognized as an important base for cultivating brilliant talents for the country, as well as a superior training center for excellent teachers in higher learning institutions and high schools.

The university is composed of the following schools and research centers (complete list here):

College of International Cultural Exchange
School of Mathematics and Statistics
School of Urban and Environmental Science
School of Life Science
School of Chemistry
School of Physical Science and Technology
School of Sociology
School of Psychology
School of Information and Communication
College of Vocational & Further Education
School of Law

Research Centers and Institutes
Center for Sustainable Development (http://risd.ccnu.edu.cn)
Center for Rural Issues (http://www.ccrs.org.cn)
Center for Educational Digitization (http://eirc.ccnu.edu.cn)
Center for Language Education (http://ling.ccnu.edu.cn)
Center for Contemporary Chinese History (http://www.zgjds.org)
Center for Scientific Socialism (http://www.cp.org.cn)

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