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Shinnyo Fellowship Program

» Shinnyo Fellowship Program

The Shinnyo Fellowship is a paid 10-month fellowship for post-undergraduate Chapman students.

The Center for Undergraduate Excellence has partnered with the Shinnyo-En Foundation to support post-undergraduate Chapman University students interested in peacebuilding and service. Shinnyo fellows receive financial stipends to develop leadership and reflective skills to implement the Foundations' philosophy of peacebuilding, and bring this to Chapman University and local community organizations.

Fellows come from diverse disciplines and backgrounds and they are all deeply committed to their act of service for peace building. The four other universities and institutions that participate in the Shinnyo Fellowship are: U.C. Berkeley, Seattle University, George Mason University, and Redwood City 2020 in partnership with Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service and The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. 

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Infinite Paths to Peace

The Shinnyo-en Foundation's Infinite Paths to Peace Initiative is meant to inspire people 

to explore and identify how their values, talents, and passions can be used in the pursuit of a more harmonious and peaceful world. At the heart of this mission is a commitment to service. Service is defined by the Foundation as a combination of external actions, and the internal motivations that drive them. For this reason, it is important to develop reflective skills that allow an alignment of heart, mind, and action. 

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+ - Deadlines and Important Dates

Shinnyo Fellowship Drop-In Hours

  • Mondays, 2pm - 4pm @ CUE Office

Application Deadline

  • Spring; exact date TBA

+ - Program Dates

Fellowship Dates:

  • August 2020 - May, 2021

Fellows Summer Orientation and Annual Retreat:

  • August, 2020

+ - Eligibility

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Chapman University graduate from the 2019-2020 academic year

+ - Fellowship Overview

  • Partner and work at a nonprofit of Fellow's choice and at the Center for Undergraduate Excellence (roughly 30 hours at nonprofit and 10 hours at CUE).
  • Final project, which is meant to be reflective of what the Fellow has learned about peacebuilding in their chosen area.
  • Reflection and research is a strong aspect of this Fellowship, all meant to encourage the Fellow to think critically of what they understand peace to be in their community and in the context of their nonprofit. 
  • Meet regularly with faculty mentor.

+ - Funding Package

This is a limited term non-exempt staff position scheduled to work 40 hours per week for a duration of up to 10 months.

  • Salary: $34,000 (Based on 10 month assignment)
  • Benefits package including: Medical, Dental, Vision (Based on 10-month assignment)
  • Faculty mentors are awarded a $2000 stipend paid over the span of the program
  • This program does not include college credit

+ - Required Application Materials

  • Resume or CV
  • 500-700 word essay addressing the following questions:
    • Why do you think you are a good fit for the Shinnyo-en Fellowship?
    • Describe your proposed project and the outcomes you hope to accomplish.
    • What community organization would you like to partner with on your project?
      • Why would they be a good fit, both for making an impact and for your learning?
    • How you would use the Shinnyo Fellowship to work with an existing community organization?
    • What is your understanding of service to the community? What past experiences (course, volunteering, advocacy, leadership, civic engagement, etc.) that demonstrate your commitment to service?
    • Discuss your own personal path to peace and how this fellowship would support your chosen path (Shinnyo-en Foundation Infinite Paths to Peace).
  • Faculty Mentor
  • Interview

Shinnyo Fellows

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+ - '19 - '20 Alexis Sutterman

Alexis headshotAlexis Sutterman graduated with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. She has spent the past several years involved in efforts to carry out peace, justice, and liberation. As a research assistant at Chapman’s Earl Babbie Research Center, she worked closely with two professors on their research on development assistance in post-conflict societies in South Sudan and indigenous environmental movements in Colombia. In addition, Alexis has helped promote civic engagement on campus as a NextGen California fellow, Fund Her intern, president of Chapman University Young Democrats, and volunteer on several local campaigns. Alexis has also traveled to Israel/Palestine as a member of the Olive Tree Initiative organization to train in conflict analysis and resolution.

In the next year, Alexis plans to explore methods of pursuing climate justice and ecocentrism. Blending the frameworks of deep ecology philosophy and decolonial political theory, she seeks to learn how to connect (rather than divide) the various political, artistic, and spiritual environmental efforts together in full-force. This entails encouraging ecological consciousness in individuals, community groups, and larger institutions. She hopes this will allow humans to return back to the Earth and to each other.

+ - '18 - '19 Atty McLellan

Headshot of Atty McLellanAtty McLellan is a recent graduate from Chapman University with a double major in Political Science and Peace Studies, and a minor in Spanish. In February of 2017, Atty learned of a homeless encampment settled along a dried up riverbed that local authorities were clearing out. She began going to the encampment before and after classes to help people move their belongings, hand out water, and work with other activists to ease people’s stress. Through this and opportunities given to her by Chapman’s Peace Studies department, she became involved in an extensive research project, attempting to analyze Orange County’s homeless crisis through multiple perspectives and group identities. She continues this research, and is grateful to be working on such a thorough project that allows her to not only question the methodology of activist groups and local government, but to also examine her own philosophy towards activism and nonprofit work.