The Yenching Academy

About the Scholarship

The Yenching Academy offers a global group of students the opportunity to pursue a one-year Master of China Studies degree at a residential college within China's Peking University. Approximately 70% of students come from outside of China. The interdisciplinary degree program provides "a diverse group of exceptional international and Chinese students with knowledge of China they will need to fulfill their potential as global citizens and leaders." The program offers six concentration areas, including:

  • Literature and Culture
  • History and Archaeology
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Economics and Management
  • Law and Society

Classes will be offered in English and Chinese. International students can study for their degree in English-taught courses while pursuing Chinese language study.

Selection criteria focus on academic achievement as evidenced through transcripts and recommendation letters and demonstrated potential for leadership in a chosen field. Applications should outline personal benefits to be derived from being a Yenching Academy Scholar.


  • Candidates to the Yenching Academy must hold a bachelor's degree by the start of the program.
  • Preference is given to those 25 years old or younger (or 27 years old or younger for students from countries with mandatory military service ) by the start of the program.
  • Candidates can be of any nationality. Students from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan need to apply through both the Peking University Graduate Admissions website and the Yenching Academy online admissions portal.
  • Candidates can be from any academic field.

Application Process

To learn more about how to apply for the Yenching Academy Scholarship, please see our Canvas site