Yenching Academy of Peking University

Provides full support for at least the first year of a two-year Master’s in China Studies issued by Peking University

Yenching Academy: At a Glance

Eligibility:

  • Suggested minimum GPA: 3.7
  • Proficiency in English

Selection Criteria:

  • Evident commitment to and preparation for rigorous graduate studies
  • Strong interest in the interdisciplinary study of China at the graduate level
  • A record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement, social responsibility, and leadership potential

Candidates for the Yenching Academy program can affirm the following statements:

  • I can explain how pursuing a MA in China Studies in one of the six academic concentrations makes sense for my long-term professional interests and goals.
  • I can present a detailed research proposal for an MA thesis that aligns well with the Yenching Academy program and that builds on my undergraduate academic research
  • Two associate or full professors are willing to write strong letters of recommendation for me in support of my application to this program

Extensive Description

The Yenching Academy of Peking University program offers support for at least the first year of a two-year Master’s in China Studies (in English). The Academy's mission is to ensure that international leaders in a variety of fields have a broad and rich understanding of China. Yenching Scholars receive a full tuition scholarship for the first year of the program, accommodation in the residential college, basic medical insurance, a monthly stipend, and expenses related to research. 

Students who maintain a good academic standing and plan to stay in Beijing during their second academic year can apply for the second-year Yenching Fellowship, which covers tuition, accommodation, basic medical insurance, and a monthly stipend.

Yenching Scholars select one academic concentration:

  • Literature and Culture,
  • History and Archaeology,
  • Philosophy and Religion,
  • Law and Society,
  • Politics and International Relations, or
  • Economics and Management

Yenching Scholars are deeply immersed in Chinese culture through excursions to various parts of China and an intensive Chinese language program.  

Deadline Information

UChicago Yenching Academy Campus Nomination Application: Stage 1: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

UChicago Yenching Academy Campus Nomination Application: Stage 2: Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Yenching Academy National Deadline for UChicago Nominees: Thursday, December 2, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

Yenching Academy Scholars will exhibit the following qualities and characteristics:

  • Outstanding academic record – CCRF recommends 3.7 GPA or higher
  • BA required
  • Any currently enrolled degree awarded no later than August 31, 2022
  • Evident commitment to and preparation for rigorous graduate studies
  • Strong interest in the interdisciplinary study of China, including a research proposal for an MA thesis that aligns well with the Yenching Academy program
  • A record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement, social responsibility, and leadership potential
  • Demonstrated English proficiency 
  • Chinese language proficiency valued, but not required

Please note: Applicants with any form of identification from Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan have a different application process. Applicants in this category should reach out to Johanna Best (bestjl@uchicago.edu) to discuss the application process. College students holding a Chinese passport are not eligible to apply for UChicago nomination.

Application Process

2021 UChicago Yenching Academy Campus Process

Current students in the College and College alumni who have not yet started graduate school must be nominated by UChicago. Applicants who are UChicago graduate students should reach out to UChicagoGRAD.

Please check back in September 2021 for dates about upcoming information sessions.

To be eligible for UChicago nomination, you must complete all of the following, in addition to meeting all the requirements and deadlines of the 2021 UChicago Yenching Academy Campus Process (see the 2021 UChicago Yenching Academy Canvas course for details):

  • October 2021 (date/time TBD): Virtually attend (or review a recording of) the Yenching Academy: Information Session & Essay Overview Workshop

 

  • On or before October 26, 2021: Complete and submit Stage 1 of the UChicago Yenching Academy Campus Nomination Application in Survey Monkey. CCRF staff reserve the right to determine whether or not applicants will be eligible to join the 2021 UChicago Yenching Academy Cohort and Canvas course based on the materials submitted in Stage 1 of this application. To complete Stage 1, you will be asked to provide the following:
    • Biographical and academic information
    • Information about your proposed course of study at the Yenching Academy.  Please be prepared to write out a detailed study plan (250 words maximum) and a description of why you are interested in studying in China (150 words maximum)
    • The name of the citation style that you will use in your Statement of Research Interest and the Statement of Research Interest Bibliography
    • The names of two associate or full professors from whom you plan to request letters of recommendation
    • Optional: The names of up to two additional academic references from whom you plan to request letters of recommendation
    • The name of one relevant faculty mentor who you plan to ask for feedback on your Statement of Research Interest
    • Statement of Research Interest First Draft in short answer format (template (v1); 4 pages maximum, single spaced, 12 point font, standard margins)
    • Draft Statement of Research Interest Bibliography (1 page maximum, 12 point font, standard margins, consistent formatting in a citation style appropriate to your research project’s academic field)
    • Personal Statement First Draft in narrative format (suggested structure (v1); 2 pages maximum, single spaced, 12 point font, standard margins)
    • CV/academic resume (2 pages maximum) detailing activities from your first year forward (please do not include high school activities)
    • Attestation Form
    • (If you are a UChicago College alum who is having difficulty accessing the template for the Statement of Research Interest first draft or the suggested structure for the Personal Statement first draft, please email Johanna Best at bestjl@uchicago.edu with the following information: former UChicago email address, current email address, year of graduation from the College, and major)

 

  • October 29, 2021: All letters of recommendation requested through Stage 2 of the UChicago Yenching Academy Campus Nomination Application

 

  • November 2, 2021: Second drafts of both essays in narrative format due in Canvas

 

  • Attend one Second Draft Review Appointment with a CCRF advisor

 

  • November 15, 2021: Third drafts of both essays due in Canvas. Optional Third Draft Review Appointments will then be offered to current Yenching Cohort members.

 

  • On or before November 29, 2021: All letters of recommendation due in Stage 2 of the UChicago Yenching Academy Campus Nomination Application

 

  • On or before November 30, 2021: Complete and submit Stage 2 of the UChicago Yenching Academy Campus Nomination Application. UChicago campus nomination will be based on the materials submitted in Stage 2. Late or incomplete materials or recommendations will not be accepted. CCRF reserves the right to decide not to nominate Yenching Cohort members if the materials submitted at the Stage 2 deadline do not represent the standards of the University of Chicago. 
    • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members required, and up to two optional, additional letters of recommendation.
    • Personal Statement final draft (750 words maximum)
    • Statement of Research Interest final draft (1500 words maximum not including citations/bibliography)
    • CV/academic resume (2 pages maximum)
    • Attestation Form

 

  • On or before 10:00 pm CST on Thursday, December 2, 2021: Yenching Academy National Deadline for UChicago nominees. All nominees must additionally submit their complete and final applications through the separate online Yenching Academy application portal, making sure to include any necessary supporting materials, such as an official transcript, any diplomas or certificates of enrollment, and/or demonstrated English proficiency.

Please note that the timeline above is an overview only, with dates and requirements subject to addition and change. Members of the 2021 UChicago Yenching Academy Cohort should refer to the 2021 UChicago Yenching Academy Canvas course for the latest information about deadlines and requirements.

It is your responsibility to be aware of and work to the 2021 UChicago Yenching Academy Campus Process application procedures and deadlines. The CCRF and its associated staff are not responsible for late submissions, including late or missing letters of recommendation, or missed campus nomination or national deadlines. There is no recourse at the national level for missed deadlines or incomplete applications.

 

Students with disabilities who have been approved for the use of academic accommodations by Student Disability Services (SDS) and need a reasonable accommodation(s) to participate fully in the 2021 UChicago Yenching Academy Campus Process should follow the procedures established by SDS for using accommodations. Timely notifications are required in order to ensure that your accommodations can be implemented. Please contact Johanna Best (bestjl@uchicago.edu) to discuss your access needs for this Campus Process after you have completed the SDS procedures for requesting accommodations.

 

For more information about the program, visit https://yenchingacademy.pku.edu.cn/index.htm

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Johanna Best
773.834.0794