Yenching Academy

The Yenching Academy of Peking University builds bridges between China and the rest of the world through an interdisciplinary master’s program in China Studies for outstanding graduates from all over the globe. The Yenching Academy is a fully funded residential program offering a wide array of interdisciplinary courses on China within broadly defined fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Working closely with their academic mentors, Yenching Scholars are granted the flexibility to create their own study paths by choosing from six academic concentrations and a variety of extracurricular activities.

Award: 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. Enrolled international students spend 12 months in residence at the Yenching Academy. 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.

Criteria: Evaluation criteria include (1) academic merit, (2) leadership potential, (3) international experience, and (4) long-term aspirations.

Application deadlines

Campus Application Deadline: Thursday, October 15, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)

Final Scholarship Deadline: December 4, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)


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

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.

How to apply for UNC endorsement

  • Personal information form
  • Personal statement (750 words or less)
  • Research proposal (1 page max)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • All relevant transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation


UNC-Chapel Hill is a Partner University of the Yenching Academy, which means students and alumni of UNC are required to apply through ODS’s internal endorsement process.

Resources for applicants


Recent Yenching Scholarship Recipient: Olivia Holder ’18