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Barnard Global Symposium Student Fellows

In conjunction with its successful Global Symposia series, Barnard offers students the opportunity to become Global Symposium Fellows. Fellows commit to working with Barnard's administrative and faculty team on the upcoming Symposium, held in March. For more information about the 2014 Symposium in Shanghai, China, please read the FAQ below. You can also watch the videos below to hear from the past Fellows about their experience in Johannesburg with Women Changing Africa, in Mumbai with Women Changing India, and most recently in São Paulo with Women Changing Brazil.



Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?
Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors may apply. Fellows must be on campus for the the full 2013-2014 academic year.

What are you looking for in an applicant?
The committee will look for experience in public speaking, event planning, and leadership positions, as well as demonstrated interest in the region, leadership development, women’s issues, or other relevant areas.  Students should be in good academic standing with strong time management skills.

What is the time commitment?
Fellows are expected to commit an average of 5-10 hours/week to work related to the Symposium, from November 2013 to April 2014, and will spend the majority of their spring break in Shanghai.

What responsibilities do Fellows have before and after the Symposium?

  • Attend bi-weekly meetings November 2013-April 2014 in preparation for the event
  • Develop pre-conference workshop for high school aged girls, in collaboration with Barnard faculty and staff
  • Bring the events back to campus to share with fellow students, including an on-campus event in April
  • Share your experiences with students interested in becoming Fellows for future Symposia

What responsibilities do Fellows have in Shanghai?

  • Arrive in Shanghai no later than Sunday, March 16th, 2014
  • Attend and staff the VIP reception on Tuesday, March 18th and the symposium on Wednesday, March 19th
  • Lead workshops for high school aged girls before or after the Symposium (exact date TBD, but will be that same week)
  • Work with and support the faculty and administrative team in making all events successful

What does the fellowship include in terms of compensation and/or experiential rewards?
Fellows will receive round-trip airfare NYC-Shanghai and four nights in a double room with another Barnard student at a hotel in Shanghai, as well as most meals and assistance toward other on-the-ground transportation costs. Any visa or vaccination costs will also be covered. Personally and professionally, students will develop skills in collaboration, presentation, event-planning, cross-cultural communication, and much more. Students will not recieve any credit or compensation for their work.

How do I apply?
Submit the following by October 15 to the Office of International Programs (either by dropping off/mailing to 10 Milbank or by email at globalsymposium@barnard.edu) (Please note: the application process for 2013-2014 has closed. Check back in September 2014 for the 2014-2015 application.)

  • Online application
  • 500-word (maximum) personal statement detailing your interest in attending the symposium, including your relevant qualifications (academic interests/major, personal background, commitment to women’s leadership and/or internationalization, etc.)
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume including relevant coursework and any Athena Leadership labs taken
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member - you will enter your recommender's information in the online application, and we will send them a request via email to fill out a confidential online form.

Do I have to have a letter of recommendation from a faculty member? My TA/supervisor/Dean knows me so much better!
Yes, you must have a faculty recommendation, but you may request one additional recommendation letter if you wish. However, this letter may NOT come from a class dean. Again, enter all recommender information in the application form so that we may send them an email requesting them to submit an online recommendation.

How will I know that you’ve received my complete application?
You will receive an email when all of your application materials have been received.

When will I find out if I’ve been selected?
Applicants may be selected for interviews. All students will be notified of final decisions by November 7.

I have more questions; what should I do?

You can also email globalsymposium@barnard.edu with specific questions.