Yenching Academy of Peking University

The Yenching Academy offers an intensive one- to two-year program of interdisciplinary classroom and field study of Chinese history and culture, as well as real-time issues in China’s development. As a college integrated within the prestigious Peking University (PKU), the Yenching Academy prepares a diverse group of exceptional international and Chinese students with the knowledge of China that they need to fulfill their potential as global citizens and leaders.

Scholars receive a Master’s degree in China Studies after completing a highly customizable program, which features an array of interdisciplinary course electives. All courses are taught by PKU faculty in English, though Scholars also participate in Mandarin language courses at their level (prior Mandarin language ability is not required).

Application Process

In order to apply for this fellowship, you must first receive university endorsement. The deadline for internal applications will be November 2022.

  • completed cover sheet 
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement, not exceeding 750 words (should include a personal introduction and a well-articulated reason or reasons why the program will enhance your career)
  • A ~300-word research proposal that includes the central research question, background/literature review, and research design (note: candidates selected as nominees will then be required to expand this proposal to one page)
  • Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate schools
  • Two letters of recommendation, addressed to the Yenching Academy Selection Committee, from professors, academic advisors, or other individuals in a position to comment on your achievements, character, and potential. Letters should be submitted in their final form – on official letterhead and with a live signature. They should be emailed separately by your recommenders to

The above materials (excepting the letters of recommendation) must be submitted in a single PDF to The letters of recommendation should be submitted by the recommender in hard copy or via email to the Office of Fellowships by the same date and time. Decisions regarding internal endorsement will be announced in mid-November; endorsed students will work with the Office to finalize their materials by the external deadline in December 2022.

For more information, please contact

For information on other fellowships in Asia, check out CRF’s Guide to Asia Fellowships.