Writing and Speaking Fellows

Writing and Speaking Fellowship

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



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Learn more about this 10-month teaching and professional-development fellowship.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Fellowship?

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

The primary role of the position is to provide academic tutoring and support. Fellows conduct one-on-one writing consultations and deliver workshops that help students improve academic skills in close reading, public speaking, time management and more. Additionally, Fellows provide course support for courses such as Global Perspectives on Society (GPS), Perspectives on the Humanities (POH), and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Duties range from leading study groups and writing workshops to grading and hosting office hours. Fellows will be matched with courses and departments based on the needs of university and based on the skills and background of the Fellow. Fellows are also expected to serve as staff ambassadors during student orientations and other key university events throughout the year. Finally, Fellows are invited to pursue a creative or research interest of their own choosing as a component of the Fellowship.

  • Who is the ideal Fellow?

The Fellowship is designed for high-achieving young professionals from a variety of disciplines with an interest in education, leadership and cross-cultural communication. Fellows have a demonstrated dedication to student learning and achievement and an interest in teaching. For more information please see the biographies of current Fellows here.

  • What sorts of professional development opportunities does the Fellowship offer?

Fellows hone professional skills through a rigorous training and orientation program prior to the start of the fall term and ongoing professional development throughout the year. By working closely with faculty members, Fellows have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in a particular subject area and develop their skills as teachers.

During the program, Fellows are given dedicated time to pursue a personal project with faculty mentorship. Projects can range from research to creative writing to program initiatives that help meet a need in the university.

Fellows have gone on to pursue a variety of educational and professional paths. For example, some have attended graduate programs at institutions such as NYU, Columbia University, Harvard University, UC Berkeley, and Yale University. Others have been inspired by their experience and have chosen to pursue careers in higher education administration at NYU and beyond.

  • Are there any other additional requirements?

Accepted candidates with fewer than two years of continuous formal teaching experience may be required to complete TEFL training prior to the beginning of the Fellowship. Expenses related to certification will be reimbursed by NYU Shanghai. If you have any questions about this, email shanghai.writing.fellowship@nyu.edu.

  • What is the application process and timeline?

January 5

Applicants submit their materials before the priority deadline

January and early February

First round interviews with GAFs
Late January to mid-February

Second round interviews with faculty

Mid-march Applicants notified regarding selection

Finalists will be notified after second-round interviews have been held.