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Shinnyo Fellowship

The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Undergraduate Program and the Shinnyo-en Foundation have partnered to offer a 10-month entry-level paid fellowship to recently graduated S-CAR undergraduates to serve with a conflict-related or peacebuilding organization.

As a fellow, you'll receive a stipend to develop leadership and reflective skills, and to introduce, implement and/or institutionalize the Foundation’s philosophy of peacebuilding through service in the community and on campus. You'll work closely with an socially minded service organization and with a mentor from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution to design and implement peacebuilding ideas. Your efforts will help you gain skills in project management, networking, community building and ethical practice.

In addition, Shinnyo-en Foundation sponsors the participation of the Shinnyo Fellows and their mentors at the Fellows Summer Orientation and Annual Retreat in August.

Genesis Lazo - SCAR Shinnyo Fellow

Shinnyo Fellow Genesis Lazo recently graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Global Affairs. Her final senior research capstone project on first-generation Salvadoran American students has motivated her to use the Shinnyo Fellowship to work with a non-profit agency to further understand and strengthen relationships among the immigrant community in the Washington, D.C., area. She hopes that her studies and experiences will help her build peace and resolve conflicts in her community.

As a fellow, your projects and activities will include:

  • Identifying a partner organization that complements your interests and goals and aligns with the Shinnyo-en Foundation Infinite Paths to Peace and Paradigm of Service.
  • Working with the S-CAR mentor to develop, complete and submit a Shinnyo Fellowship Prospectus
  • Attending the Shinnyo Fellows Summer Orientation in August in Marshall, California (Fellowship covers trip expenses)
  • Spending four days working with partner organization and one day with S-CAR / campus activities to recruit future fellows, organize service events, and assist with the Shinnyo-en / Mason Speaker Series     
  • Maintaining a journal that documents your experience
  • Meeting biweekly with your S-CAR mentor to reflect and discuss progress in service and leadership experiences
  • Engaging in round-table discussions with other Shinnyo Fellows to reflect on service experiences and selected readings relevant to service work, social impact and professional development
  • Attending and presenting at a service related conference (travel and expenses paid as part of fellowship)
  • Compiling and submitting mid-year and final reports and electronic portfolio synthesizing your service-integrating experiences and offering recommendations for engaging a broader community in service.
  • Be encouraged to read Six Billion Paths to Peace: Reflecting on the Power of Service and Leadership to Create Global Harmony (PDF) by Harumitsu Inouye, Liane Louie-Badua and Maura Wolf.

To Apply

Shinnyo Fellowship Application Process

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Students who graduate from the S-CAR Undergraduate Program in Spring and Summer 2019 are eligible to apply for the Shinnyo Fellowship.

Interested applicants should submit the following to by midnight Wednesday, April 17, 2019 with the subject line Shinnyo Fellowship:

  • Cover letter describing how the Shinnyo Fellowship will deepen your commitment to service and contribute to your post-undergraduate goals
  • Current resume with relevant contact information
  • Thoughtful and complete responses to the questions found below. 
    • Please review and consider the Shinnyo-en Foundation’s Peace Initiative and Paradigm of Service in your responses. You may also use "Six Billion Paths to Peace: Reflecting on the Power of Service and Leadership to Create Global Harmony" as inspiration for your responses.

Response Questions

  1. Describe a project you would like to do as part of this fellowship. 
  2. What community would you like to work with, and what is your vision of service within this community?
  3. What partnership organization or NGO would you like to work and serve with as part of your fellowship and service with the community? 
    1. How does the work and mission of this organization align with your interest and core values? 
    2. Do you have a previous connection or relationship with this organization (it is okay if this would be your first contact with the organization)?
  4. What motivates or inspires you to serve? 
    1. What attitudes, beliefs or values support and sustain you in serving others?
  5. How would working and serving with your proposed partner organization or NGO help you live out your core values of service?
  6. What connections do you anticipate making between your work and service with your proposed partnership organization and your degree in conflict analysis and resolution?
  7. How will this fellowship contribute to your future career and/or educational goals?

*In-person and Skype interviews will be held for the top three qualified candidates in late April or first week of May.

For additional questions about the Shinnyo Post-Undergraduate Fellowship, contact

In Buddhism, “Shinnyo” is defined as the fundamental nature of all things. It refers to a truth that is unchanging and everlasting, such as sincerity, loving kindness, and compassion. The Shinnyo-en Foundation was established in 1994 by Shinnyo-en, a lay Buddhist order, as a secular, philanthropic arm of Shinnyo-en USA. Its mission is to promote global peace through service by nurturing future generations by supporting community-based organizations and educational institutions that promote and engage youth in meaningful acts of service.

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