Yenching Academy of Peking University

Funding for 1-2 years of postgraduate studies leading to a master’s degree from Peking University in Beijing China

The Yenching Academy offers a highly customizable 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, accommodation, transportation, travel and a living stipend.


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


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

Selection Criteria:

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

Application Material:

  • Yenching Academy Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Research Proposal
  • 2 letters of recommendation


External deadline: December 4, 2020 by 10 pm MST

Length of Scholarship: 1-2 years

Scholarship Website:

Contact Information:

Director: Ginger Smoak:

Advisor: Alison Shimko: