Yenching Academy of Peking University Scholarship Program 2018, China

Publish Date: Sep 14, 2017

Deadline: Jan 15, 2018

Yenching Scholarship

The Yenching Academy provides a generous postgraduate scholarship that covers tuition fees, a travel stipend for one round-trip journey between each Scholar’s base city and Beijing, accommodations, and living costs on Peking University's campus. The Academy offers a residential program aimed at creating a community of enthusiastic, globally oriented young innovators in the heart of China's top university. Such close proximity to the academic infrastructure of Peking University provides a unique opportunity to participate and fully immerse oneself in the life of the university.

Enrolled international students spend 12 months in residence at the Yenching Academy, with the possibility to extend for a second year. For students from China (including Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan), the program lasts 24 months. Coursework is completed during the fall and spring semesters, and it is supplemented by additional study during the summer. Upon completion of their year in residence, students have up to one more year to finalize projects and defend their thesis. During this period, students in good academic standing may apply for a limited number of Teaching, Research, or Administrative Assistantships. In addition, Dean’s Research Grants will be awarded on a bi-annual basis to help fund selected research projects related to China Studies.


On August 15, 2017, the Yenching Academy will begin welcoming applications for its 2018 cohort from International, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan candidates.

The Yenching Academy annually enrolls approximately 125 new students from both Mainland China and abroad, to study, live, and learn together. International students and students from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan comprise roughly 80% of the student body. 

Applicants should have:

      • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any field, awarded no later than August 31 of the year in which they wish to enroll; 
      • An outstanding academic record;
      • Strong interest in interdisciplinary study of China;
      • A record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement and social responsibility; 
      • Leadership potential;
      • English proficiency.

Successful applicants will demonstrate how the Yenching Academy program is relevant and valuable for their career plans. 

Preference is given to candidates age 25 or younger as of August 31 of the year they wish to enroll. For students from countries with mandatory military service, the age preference is 27 years old or younger.

Application Procedure

Candidates may apply through Yenching Academy’s online application portal. Please note that those from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan will also need to apply through the Peking University Graduate Admissions website.

Each applicant will create an account on the Yenching Academy admissions portal and submit the following materials in English:

    • Completed online application form;
    • Personal statement (750 words or less);
    • Curriculum Vitae;
    • Official transcript(s);*
    • Diploma(s) or Certificate(s) of Enrollment;*
    • Two letters of recommendation;
    • International English proficiency test score (at least IELTS 7/TOEFL 100/Cambridge 180/CEFR C1).**

Application Timeline

International candidates and those from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan may begin applying August 15, 2017. There are two deadlines, associated with candidates’ universities:

      • Dec. 11, 2017: Universities in the United States and Canada;
      • Jan. 15, 2018: Universities in all other countries.

Applicants must submit all materials before 12:00 noon (Beijing time) on the relevant deadlines. 

Note: All candidates should apply by the deadlines corresponding to their universities or alma maters. There may be rare exceptions; for example, an alumna of a U.S. university learns about our program after returning to her home country, and wishes to apply by the later deadline. 

Application Review 

Semi-finalists and finalists will be interviewed via Skype, or if they happen to be in Beijing at the right time, in person. A few acceptance offers may be made on a rolling basis. The majority of admissions decisions will be made in March.


Successful applicants unable to attend the Yenching Academy due to an unforeseen and unavoidable conflict may apply for a deferral. Deferrals will not be granted for those who choose another program, job or internship.

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