2017 University of Virginia Tibetan Entrepreneurs Seminar

Student Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program Announcement – Call for Applications

Application Deadline: October 22, 2016


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བོད་ཡིག་ལ་བལྟ་ན་འདིར་ནོན་དང་། (དོ་སྣང་བྱེད་ས། རེ་ཞུ་ཡི་གེ་ངེས་པར་དུ་དབྱིན་ཡིག་གིས་འབྲི་དགོས།)

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Program Overview

The University of Virginia’s Tibetan Entrepreneurs Seminar Student Fellowship Program uses educational exchanges between the US and China to help improve the capacity of established and emerging Tibetan entrepreneurs. We have a particular interest in business activity that brings benefit to communities. Please note that the program is English medium, and thus requires a strong knowledge of English. The six-week US-based program for twelve fellows consists of four main components:

  • An entrepreneurial skills training class
  • An essential business skills training class
  • Classes and individual consultations focused on particular business issues
  • Entrepreneur mentorship with local American entrepreneurs

Participants in the US program will include emerging and established entrepreneurs from across various sectors (example: tourism, small business, music, education, medicine, etc.) who are interested in further developing their entrepreneurial capacity while integrating principles of social support in their work.

Fellowship Description
The TE program welcomes applications from Tibetans living in China who are currently working as entrepreneurs or those who are interested in starting a new enterprise. We are looking for people who value working in Tibetan communities and who view entrepreneurship not only as a way to make money, but as a way to positively impact society.

Program Duration: Six weeks (approximately January 16 – February 24, 2017)
Program Location: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Program Costs: All costs, including round-trip transportation from China and room and board in the US will be provided by UVA

Fellowship activities will include participating in all aspects of the TE program (including classes, workshops and site visits).

Anticipated Program Outcomes
At the conclusion of the program, Tibetan students will learn:

  • The concepts and practice of entrepreneurship
  • How to create a business plan
  • How to improve the management of the growth of their initiatives
  • How to assess and respond to consumer needs
  • Best practices of organizational governance
  • How to engage in more effective networking and develop media and marketing strategies
  • How to engage in more effective fundraising, mediate conflict, and practice sound financial management
  • How to develop budgets effectively

Participants will also acquire a diverse and extensive network of working relationships with American entrepreneurs, educators, and students.

How to Apply
Visit www.tibetanentrepreneurs.com to download the trilingual fellowship application form, complete the application in full IN ENGLISH and submit to this email address: apply@tibetanentrepreneurs.com
If you have any questions please contact UVa’s local program manager, Tsehua in Chengdu at info@tibetanentrepreneurs.com phone: 13540871122

Applicant Requirements (non-optional):

  • Strong knowledge of English spoken and written
  • Fluency in at least spoken Tibetan (any dialect)
  • Background in business or plans to become an entrepreneur
  • Tibetan ethnicity
  • Chinese passport (or can immediately procure)

Application Timeline

  • Call for Applications: September 30 – October 22, 2016
  • Application Deadline: October 16, 2016 for priority applications, accepting up to October 22nd
  • Application Review and fellowship interviews: Oct. 3 – Nov. 11, 2016 (NOTE: Not every applicant will be granted an interview)
  • Final Fellowship Decisions: Nov. 14, 2016

Applications made by October 16th will be prioritized, but we will accept applications up to October 22nd.

Please note that each year we evaluate candidates based on applications submitted that year, and past offers of a fellowship or finalist status does not guarantee an offer or finalist status this year.

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