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Yenching Academy

Overview and Introduction

The Yenching Academy provides full tuition plus a generous stipend to cover travel and living expenses for a 2-year Masters's program in China Studies at Peking University in Beijing.  

As a college integrated within China’s leading university, The Yenching Academy prepares a diverse group of up to 150 exceptional international and Chinese students with the knowledge of China that they need to fulfill their potential as global citizens and leaders.

The first-year curriculum offers an intensive program of interdisciplinary classroom and field study of Chinese history and culture, as well as real-time issues in China’s development. The second-year provides a living stipend to complete a thesis, an internship, and other immersive experiences.  


  • Academics: No minimum GPA, but most successful applicants have at least a 3.7. 
  • Citizenship: No requirement. 
  • Degree-Level: Graduating seniors and new alums, no strict age requirement. 
  • Other: Citizens of the People's Republic of China are not eligible and should apply direclty to Peking University instead.

Application Deadlines

  • Campus Deadline: Second Monday of November by 12:00 noon EDT
  • Endorsement:  The Yenching Academy requires an institutional endorsement for consideration.  See instructions below to apply for U-M endorsement.  
  • Finalist Interviews: January 
  • Selection Notification: early February

Yenching Academy Selection Criteria

Successful candidates have outstanding academic backgrounds and broad curiosity. They demonstrate strong motivation and potential to become leaders in their chosen fields. 

Prospective Applicants 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to join the U-M Nominated Scholarships Canvas site for an overview of the application, program requirements, additional advising information, and more. 

Application Summary

Please refer to the ONSF Canvas site for full and detailed instructions. 

  1. Two letters of recommendation
  2. Personal statement (750 words)
  3. Statement of research interests (1,500 words excluding citations)
  4. 2-page resume
  5. U-M transcript

Note: Applicants should not complete the online application or submit their letters via the online upload until after the U-M nomination decision is complete.