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This 10-month paid post-undergraduate fellowship supports one recent graduate from UC Berkeley in discovering their personal path to peace through immersive service. The selected fellow will join a group of students from other leading universities across the United States to animate the Shinnyo-en Foundation’s Infinite Paths to Peace Initiative.

Shinnyo Fellowship


The Shinnyo/2020 Vision College Access Fellowship is generously supported by the Shinnyo-en Foundation.

Important Dates

Application Deadline Friday, May 28, 2021
Application Details Click here
Info Session Friday, April 30, 1:30pm
Register here for Zoom link

Fellowship Details

Fellowship Opportunity Details

The Public Service Center has partnered with the City of Berkeley’s 2020 Vision to craft a collaborative Shinnyo fellowship placement that advances educational equity priorities in Berkeley public schools. The Shinnyo Fellow will support college access and awareness. They will work directly with the dual enrollment program which allows Berkeley High School students to take college courses at Berkeley City College for free. Through this program, high school students earn transferrable college while gaining exposure to the culture and expectations of a college experience. The fellow will focus on recruiting and advising would-be first-generation college students.

The Fellow meets regularly with the PSC Assistant Director for coaching/advising and with a staff member at Berkeley City College who will supervise their daily work.

They will be expected to maintain a service journal (video, audio, written) and to complete a final project documenting their service journey during the Fellowship. This project may be a video, a paper, or a presentation that shares learnings that could be relevant to others in the peacebuilding movement.

Contact Information

For more information, contact PSC Assistant Director Carrie Donovan at

Nalya Rodriguez

“I want to help my community break the boundaries that were placed before us from entering higher education,” explains Nalya Rodriguez of her research and community service.

A recent Berkeley grad, Nalya conducted research through the Haas and McNair Scholars Programs on the intergenerational relationship between the violence during the Salvadoran civil war (1979-1992) and the current political gang wars. She is working on developing a theory on the religion of violence, based on Durkheim’s theory of religion, to explain the normalization of violence in Salvadoran society. Nalya has also been involved in organizing with the Salvadoran communities in the Bay Area. During her Fellowship term, Nalya is working with an organization that supports and serves Central American youth and plans to use the learnings and experiences from the fellowship to further refine her research in graduate school.

Nalya A. F. Rodriguez
Class of 2016, Double Major in Sociology and Ethnic Studies
Hometown: Los Angeles