NYU Shanghai Writing & Speaking Fellowship

Provides a 10-month teaching and professional-development fellowship at NYU Shanghai.

The NYU Shanghai Writing and Speaking Fellowship enables accomplished individuals with a passion for teaching by providing academic support and enrichment to the students who make up NYU Shanghai’s multicultural student body.

The  Fellowship is a unique position designed for young professionals who have recently completed their academic study programs.  Candidates should have a passion for and wish to share this enthusiasm with high-achieving students. Experience teaching is helpful, but not required. Evidence of initiative, judgment and skill working with people from many different cultures is valued. The  provides unique opportunities to explore teaching, work closely with faculty, serve an international population, gain administrative experience, and enhance a developing university community both as a leader and community member.

Deadline Information

Priority Deadline: Wednesday, January 6, 2021


The primary responsibility of the Fellow is to provide one-to-one tutoring (about 30 hours/week). In addition, Fellows develop their leadership, project management, and intercultural communication skills through working on campus enrichment projects that match their background and interests. This might include mentoring student clubs, developing support for students pursuing careers/graduate school, or launching new initiatives that contribute to intellectual life on campus. Fellows are immersed in a pioneering model of international higher education. Fellows are also required to complete an independent writing project over the course of the academic year, with mentorship from a member of the NYU Shanghai Faculty.

Additionally, Fellows take on an “Institutional Enrichment Project” (about 10 hours/week) that matches their interests and skills and meets a need of the university. These projects allow Fellows to get to know students in diverse contexts and work as a part of a team in other departments in the university. Examples of “Institutional Enrichment Projects” include advising a number of student clubs, serving as a counselor in the Career Development Center, and many more.

Finally, Fellows are expected to serve as staff facilitators during student orientations and other key university events throughout the year.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree
  • Excellent academic record
  • Previous tutoring or teaching experience preferred, but not required
  • Candidates with fewer than two years of formal work experience may be required to participate in an unpaid one-week certification training in China prior to the beginning of the Fellowship.

Application Process

Follow the application instructions here: https://apply.interfolio.com/39287


1.     Cover Letter

2.     Resume

3.     Three letters of reference (two should be from faculty or research supervisors)

4.     Transcript (Bachelor’s and, if applicable, Master’s)

5.     Five-page sample of recent academic writing (may be an excerpt from a longer paper)

6.     We would like to know about you as a learner, writer, teacher, and colleague. In responding to the following prompts, you should feel free to deploy whatever voices you choose. Please upload all of your answers in one PDF.

Teaching (400-500 words)

Please show us what you value as a teacher and as a learner - in general and with writing specifically. You might choose to describe a challenge or breakthrough moment in your own learning or writing, you might suggest an ideal first-year writing program, or you might go in another direction.

English as a Second Language (200-300 words)

Please show us how you would approach teaching non-native speakers of English.

Professional Development (200-300 words)

Please show us what creative or critical work you plan to pursue in the coming years. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Place (200-300 words)

Please show us what attracts you about Shanghai as a place to live and work.