The W.T. Chan Fellowships commemorate Professor Wing-Tsit Chan, former Dean of Lingnan University and distinguished Professor of Chinese Philosophy and Religion. The Fellowships extend the Foundation's commitment to higher education, increased international understanding, and personal growth - commitments also very evident in the life and work of Professor Wing-Tsit Chan. In addition, the Chan Fellowships Program addresses and explores the Lingnan motto "Education for Service." It is a step in a movement towards strengthening linkages between academia and communities.
After their selection and orientation, each Fellow is assigned to work at non-profit organization in the United States that addresses a social concern related to his/her interests. With support and guidance from program organizers, the internships are designed to help the Fellows gain practical experience in service work and facilitate inter-cultural cooperation. Fellows live in American homes for the full duration of the program. They also attend seminars on non-profit organization management and community development, cultural events, and weekly reflection meetings while in the United States.
W.T. Chan Fellows are assigned to one of two sites in the United States, both in California:
- In Los Angeles, CA, the program is managed by the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).
- In Berkeley, CA, the program is hosted by UC Berkeley Cal Corps Public Service Center.