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Yenching Academy at Peking University

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The Yenching Academy offers a highly customizable and interdisciplinary Master’s program in China Studies for English speakers with varied levels of Chinese language competency. The program is designed to cultivate leaders who will advocate for global progress and cultural understanding. The scholarship includes funding for tuition fees, accommodation, transportation, a travel stipend, and a living stipend for 1-2 years.

Scholarship Amount

Tuition fees, a living stipend, accommodations, and a travel stipend

Annual Number of Scholarships Awarded

  • ~120 per year
    • 20% Chinese students
    • 80% international students
      • ~30-35% from Europe
      • ~25-30% from the U.S. and Canada
      • ~30-35% from the rest of the world


  • Hold at least a bachelor's degree in any field by August 31st of the award year
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary study of China
  • Demonstrated academic excellence
  • Record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement, social responsibility, and leadership potential
  • English proficiency

Selection Criteria

  • Deep, integrated knowledge
  • Creative problem solvers
  • Commitment to the greater good
  • Active leadership
  • Lifelong achiever

Application Material

  • Yenching Academy Application
    • Personal Statment
    • Research Proposal
  • CV/Resume
  • Transcripts
  • 2 letters of recommendation


National Deadline:


June: Yenching Academy Application Opens

December 1, 2023: National Deadline

Late December: Notification of finalists

Late December/Early January: Finalist interviews

Late February/Early March: Notification of selection

Length of Scholarship

1-2 years

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