Yenching Scholars

Yenching Scholars Program

Campus Deadline: Noon, November 30, 2020

Campus Application Instructions: Available here!

Partner University Application: Available here!

Letter of Recommendation Cover Sheet: Available here!



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

The Yenching Academy offers students a Master of China Studies degree program in the following concentrations: Politics and International Relations; Economics and Management; Law and Society; Philosophy and Religion; Literature and Culture; History and Archeology. Academy courses will be available in both English and Chinese. It will be possible for international students to complete their degrees with courses taught in English. Chinese language study will be required for all international students; those with an advanced level of Chinese will be encouraged to take courses taught in Chinese. For Chinese students, a minimum of 75% of their credits must be from courses offered in English.

Yenching Scholars receive a fellowship that covers tuition and fees, accommodation and living costs. Students will complete their coursework during the fall and spring semesters, supplemented with additional study during the summer. The fellowship for international students ends after twelve months; they may complete and defend their thesis any time up to two years after they have completed their Yenching Academy residence.

Currently enrolled students and eligible U.C. Berkeley alumni MUST submit applications to Alicia Hayes, the campus representative.

Official Yenching Academy of Peking University Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must hold bachelor's degree by August 31, 2021
  • Strong preference will be given to those 25 years old or younger on August 31, 2021
  • An English proficiency test score is also required for those whose native language is not English

Selection criteria

A Prospective Yenching Scholar:

  • Has an outstanding academic record
  • Has demonstrated leadership skills
  • Is active in extracurricular activities
  • Is actively engaged with the community and has a strong sense of social responsibility
  • Has a strong moral character
  • Has demonstrated interest in exploring diverse cultures, in particular, Chinese and Asia Pacific cultures
  • Has demonstrated English proficiency

Applications will be reviewed by a Faculty Selection Committee in late December and endorsed students will be forwarded to the program by early January.

Application requirements

  • Completed application (available at the link above)
  • Personal statement
  • research Proposal
  • Resume/CV
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (electronic copies will not be accepted)
  • Two letters of recommendation

The UC Berkeley selection committee will select the University nominees based on the above application materials and criteria.

All UC Berkeley Yenching Scholar Program applicants should make an individual advising appointment with Alicia Hayes, the campus representative.