Yenching: UNC Endorsement Application


Three separate forms must be submitted prior to the endorsement deadline in order to complete your application. These include:

  • Personal Information form
  • Upload Application form
  • Submit Recommenders form

We have separated the forms so that you may complete the steps at different times. These forms cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting.

Personal Information Form

This form allows you to provide information about you, your education, and your future plans to ODS and the Yenching Selection Committee. You may complete this form prior to submitting your other application materials.

Personal Information Form

Personal Statement

The personal statement (750 words or less) should include a personal introduction and well-articulated explanation of why the Yenching Academy is a good fit that will enhance the candidate’s career. Candidates’ personal statements should offer specific and persuasive explanations of how they could benefit from studying in our interdisciplinary China Studies program. Email ODS if you would like to receive feedback.

Be sure to include your chosen concentration.

Research Proposal

The research proposal (no more than one page) should include a well-articulated plan for your research at Yenching as well as an explanation of how the Yenching Academy will help you conduct this research.

Curriculum Vitae

There are no length requirements for this CV. Contact ODS for feedback and advice, or to view sample CVs kept in the office.

University Transcripts

Provide a copy of your current unofficial UNC transcript, including your latest semester’s grades. Click here for information on how to obtain your transcript online. If you have taken higher education courses that are not reflected on your transcript, provide those transcripts as well. If you are chosen for endorsement, you will be required to submit official transcripts to the Yenching Academy.


Provide a high-resolution head shot photograph (.jpg or .jpeg file) for promotional purposes. It does not need to be professionally taken.


  • Personal statement, CV, transcripts, photograph
UPLOAD APPLICATION FORM: Save all documents as PDFs and submit them here

Letters of Recommendation

Request 2 letters of recommendation directly from faculty using the form linked below. We encourage you contact your recommenders at least one month prior to the endorsement deadline and to share your personal statement, resume, and future goals with all recommenders. When choosing recommenders, consider that recommendations are to be provided by professors, academic advisers, or other individuals in a position to comment on the applicant’s achievements, character, and potential.

When you complete the following form, your recommenders will receive an email with instructions to upload their letters as PDFs. You should ask potential recommenders personally before completing this form. Recommendations should be signed, on letterhead, and addressed to The Yenching Academy Selection Committee. Please read this letter of guidance and share it with individuals you ask to write a letter of recommendation. Contact ODS if you need advice on choosing and contacting a recommender.

Recommenders who have questions should contact ODS directly.

Submit Recommenders Form



After You Apply

The UNC Yenching Academy Selection Committee will select and notify endorsed candidates after reviewing all applications. Endorsed candidates will be able to work with ODS to polish their applications prior to the Yenching Academy deadline. The applicant is responsible for submitting all materials on the Yenching Academy application portal before the final deadline, except the letters of recommendation, which will be sent by ODS. Endorsed applicants should provide a copy of their final application materials to ODS.

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 by May.