Yenching Academy

What is it? ⎥ Who is eligible? ⎥ Official Website ⎥ Next steps ⎥ Calendar


NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: International students are eligible to apply for this award.


What is the Yenching Academy?

"The Yenching Academy introduces students to China’s rich history and culture, as well as its real-time development. As a prestigious college within Peking University, The Yenching Academy prepares a diverse group of international and Chinese students for tackling the most challenging issues facing the world." "Each class will consist of 120 to 150 outstanding young people from around the world, with approximately 80% from outside of China, and 20% from mainland China. Yenching Scholars will be a diverse group of talented young leaders who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, innovative thought, and a commitment to the betterment of society." The University of Notre Dame is a Partner University of the Yenching Academy, meaning that we are able to submit a select number of applications for priority consideration each year.

Who is eligible to apply?

An eligible applicant:

  1. Has a bachelor’s degree in any field.
  2. Is under the age of 25 on August 31 of the year the Academy would begin.
  3. Has an outstanding academic record.
  4. Has demonstrated leadership skills.
  5. Is active in extracurricular activities.
  6. Is actively engaged with the community and has a strong sense of social responsibility.
  7. Has a strong moral character.
  8. Has demonstrated interest in exploring diverse cultures, in particular Chinese and Asian Pacific cultures.
  9. Has demonstrated English proficiency

Link to Official Website

Next Steps:

  1. Review the Yenching Academy Brochure for an overview of the program.
  2. If the brochure piques your interest, then visit the official website and review the information there for a more in-depth understanding of the program.
  3. Review the calendar below for information about deadlines. Note that you can still apply even if you have missed the Campus Application Deadline, as long as it is before the Final Deadline, though you will not be considered for a University nomination.
  4. Complete the brief Declaration of Interest form and submit a resume to fellows@nd.edu.
  5. If it is after the Campus Application Deadline but before the Final Deadline, proceed directly to the online application in order to apply.
  6. If it is before the Campus Application Deadline, please do the following by this deadline:
    1. Update your curriculum vitae or resumé.
    2. Order a hard copy of your official transcript. Create a double-sided, color PDF scan. If you would like CUSE to produce the scan, please have the transcript delivered directly to CUSE (110 Brownson).
    3. Complete a 750-word personal statement in English, which should include a personal introduction and your reasons for wanting to be a Yenching Scholar.
    4. Complete the Yenching Academy Application Form
    5. Identify two recommenders and provide them with the Yenching Academy Recommender Form. You should select recommenders who can discuss "[your] strengths and ability to complete the Yenching Academy Master’s in China Studies program" and "[your] potential for becoming a responsible and successful leader." These will typically be professors who know you well, though one of the letters could come from someone outside of academia who has experience working with college students and can assess your leadership ability. Please inform your recommenders that they should submit their letters as PDF scans to fellows@nd.edu by the Campus Application Deadline. They will receive further instructions from CUSE after the Deadline.
    6. Submit the items described in 1-4 to fellows@nd.edu as PDFs or deliver hard copies to CUSE (110 Brownson).
  7. Soon after the Campus Application Deadline, CUSE will contact you with more information. Whether or not you are selected as a University nominee, you will then have until the Final Deadline to revise your application material and complete the online application. While nominees will receive priority consideration in the review process, those who are not nominated will still be considered for selection.
  8. If you hold a passport from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macao, you will also need to submit an application for admissions directly to Peking University by the Final Deadline if you wish to be considered, whether or not you are nominated. See the Yenching Academy Application page for more information.
  9. Direct any questions you have to fellows@nd.edu.

Calendar of Deadlines and Events:

You might need to scroll through the calendar or select "Look for more" to see all upcoming dates.