Yenching Academy of Peking University Scholars Program

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

Yenching Scholars: 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
  • A record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement, social responsibility, and leadership potential

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

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

The Yenching Academy of Peking University Scholars program offers support for at least the first year of a two-year Master’s in China Studies (in English). The Academy's goal is to shape new generations of global citizens with a nuanced 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, covering tuition, accommodation, basic medical insurance, and a monthly stipend.

Applicants choose from one of six concentrations:

  • Literature and Culture
  • History and Archaeology
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Law and Society
  • Politics and International Relations
  • 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

National Deadline: Early December 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 that aligns well with the Yenching Academy Scholars 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 must be nominated by UChicago.

Applicants who are graduate students should reach out to UChicagoGRAD.

Please check back in Summer Quarter 2021 for information about the 2021 UChicago Yenching Academy Campus Process

 

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