Global Academic Fellows

The Global Academic Fellowship

The NYU Shanghai Global Academic Fellowship (GAF) Program 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Fellowship?

The primary assignment of the Fellowship (about 30 hours/week) is providing academic support for students. GAFs specializing in Writing and Speaking provide one-on-one writing consultations and deliver workshops that help students improve academic skills in reading, speaking, presentations, time management and more.

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, coaching an athletics team, promoting health & wellness initiatives on campus, and many more.

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

  • Who is the ideal GAF?

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

  • What sorts of professional development opportunities does the GAF Program offer?

GAFs 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. Additionally, each GAF is paired with a relevant university department for his/her Institutional Enrichment Projects (IEPs). IEPs expose GAFs to various university departments and their functions, develop leadership, project management and collaborative working skills and provide GAFs with the opportunities to enhance the NYU community.

During the fellowship, GAFs in Shanghai are given dedicated time and funding to pursue a personal project and receive feedback from faculty. Projects can range from research to artwork to writing to hands-on initiatives that help meet a need in the university.

After the program GAFs go on to pursue a variety of educational and professional paths. For example, some have gone on to pursue graduate degrees from institutions such as NYU, Columbia University, Harvard University, UC Berkeley and Yale University. Others have been inspired by their GAF experiences and have chosen to pursue careers in higher education administration at NYU and beyond.

  • When does the Fellowship begin?

The fellowship begins on July 30 with GAF Training. However, Fellows who have less than two years full-time work experience will be required to arrive in Shanghai by mid-July to compete a mandatory Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification, which is required to secure a work visa in China. Fellows who already have two years or more of full-time work experience, or who already have appropriate TEFL certification, are exempt from this requirement. If you have any questions about this, email

  • Does the GAF program conduct college recruitment visits? If so, where?

The GAF program visits colleges and universities throughout the US during the fall semester. Please check with your school's career services or fellowships office for more details. For more information about the GAF program, please feel free to e-mail

  • Can I apply for a position in more than one discipline?

Yes. If you would like to be considered for more than one discipline please submit a separate application.

  • What is the application process and timeline?

January 5

Priority Deadline for Applications

January and early February

First round interviews are conducted in January and early February.
Late January to mid-February Second round interviews with faculty are conducted.

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