Yenching Academy Scholarship at Peking University (rising seniors & alumnae)

Campus deadline: ​11:30 pm on November 8, 2021*

*for Wellesley students and alumnae from countries other than mainland China; citizens of China must apply for the Yenching Academy via the National Postgraduate Entrance Examination, held in December annually (see the Graduate School of Peking University for more information).

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. This initiative brings together young people who show promise to lead and innovate in their fields in an intensive learning environment where they can explore China and its role in the world — past, present, and future. The Academy aims to thereby shape a new generation of global citizens with a nuanced understanding of China and its role in the world.

Founded on the ideal of fostering global connections and dialogue, 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. Studying at the Academy represents a unique opportunity not only for intercultural and academic exchange, but also for personal and professional development.

Did you know? Recent Wellesley Yenching Scholars include Beba Cibralic '16,  Alix Lewis '16, and Ye Rin Chu '18

Duration of the fellowship:

  • International Students: 12 months in residence. All scholars in good standing have the option to extend the fellowship for a second year, if they wish to remain in Beijing.
  • Mainland Chinese, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan Students: 2 years in residence.



Who is eligible?

  • Graduating seniors and alumnae (although generally candidates under the age of 27 will be at an advantage).

What makes a strong applicant for this fellowship?

  • An outstanding academic record (including as demonstrated by the letters of reference) and broad curiosity;
  • A record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement, and social responsibility;
  • Strong motivation and potential to become a leader in the applicant’s chosen field; and
  • A good argument for how the Yenching Academy program is relevant and valuable for the applicant’s career plans.

Where can I learn more?

How do I apply?

Wellesley College is a Partner Institution for the Yenching Academy, so Wellesley seniors and graduates must first apply for Wellesley’s nomination by submitting copies of their official application as outlined below. **Wellesley students and graduates who are citizens of China must apply for the Yenching Academy via the National Postgraduate Entrance Examination, held in December annually (see the Graduate School of Peking University for more information).

Looking for advice on whom to ask for letters, or feedback on draft essays? Drop by Fellowships Pop-Up Advising virtually or in person (see Events listings on this website), or book a Fellowships advising appointment via Handshake to talk things over with Kate Dailinger.

Campus application deadline and checklist

Application materials should be submitted by 11:30 pm on November 8, 2021:

☐ two (2) letters of reference (please send this form to your recommenders and give your recommenders this link to allow them to submit their letters - should they have any difficulty with the online form, please ask them to email their letters to; please do not request letters via the official online application system!

Submit the following via the online form found here:

☐ the completed official application form (found at; please save a pdf copy of your official online application to share with the Wellesley committee)
☐ electronic versions/scanned pdfs of your official Wellesley College and any other applicable transcripts (e.g. for study abroad); to order an official Wellesley transcript see the website of the Registrar’s office
☐ personal statement (750 words max; it should include a personal introduction and reasons why you wish to be a Yenching Scholar)
☐ curriculum vitae/résumé
☐ Wellesley Fellowships office signature document (please print, sign & date this form, then submit a scanned pdf or other image of the signed document along with your application materials)

Nominated applications are submitted by the Yenching Academy deadline for candidates at North American colleges and universities in early- or mid-December.

Finalists will be interviewed via Skype. Final admissions decisions should be announced by March.


Email, or call Caitlin Roberts-Donovan at 781.283.2347.