The Shi Center offers student fellowships during the summer and the academic year. Summer fellowships require 400 hours, typically spanning 10 weeks during the summer, and may be related to projects on campus or in the community.
Academic year fellowships are typically focused on campus-based projects, though some students do work with community organizations during the academic year. These students work 5-10 hours/week during the year.
Almost all student fellowships through the Shi Center are externally funded through grants and sponsorships/donations.
Work with the Shi Center over the summer! On campus, students have worked as the assistant Furman Farm manager, tracking sustainability progress at Furman, and researching the installation of the geothermal systems in North Village.
In the community, projects have included documenting the environmental and social history of Lake Conestee Nature Park, managing children's garden clubs for Gardening for Good, and working with the City of Greenville's Connections for Sustainability program. These projects were chosen specifically for their significant community impact, their connections to sustainability and full-cost analysis, and their range of focus areas.
The Shi Center also offers research fellowships to students, most of which relate to food systems and farming work. Students have completed a farmer perceptions study, conducted the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS) in Greenville County to determine food deserts, and established a research garden on Furman's campus, all under the supervision of a faculty member. Learn about our research.
Academic Year Fellowships
If you're interested in working with the Shi Center, you have the ability to work with us in our work-study program. Our students work five to 10 hours per week on specific initiatives and programs. Several students are even funded by the Shi Center to work with other campus supervisors on projects related to Furman's sustainability efforts. Examples of projects include maintaining the Shi Center's social media outlets, developing a campus bike shop, establishing an arboretum on campus, and completing data collection for Furman's Greenhouse Gas Inventory and STARS submission.
Academic Year Bank of America Fellowships
The Bank of America Sustainability Fellowships, funded for four years, provide a scholarship to students annually who have demonstrated leadership in sustainable efforts. Bank of America Student Fellows work with the Shi Center on individual and group projects 10 hours per week when at Furman.
Meet our fellows.
Apply for a fellowship.