We thank you for your application and will notify successful applicants by early January 2019.


We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, age, color, gender, sexual orientation, educational backgrounds, ability or disability.

Applications close at 11:59 p.m. (China Standard Time), 8 December 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by early January 2019.


Delegates selected to attend the Yenching Global Symposium will receive fully-funded travel, accommodation, and meals in Beijing for the duration of the conference.

Delegate eligibility criteria

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any field;

  • Strong interest in learning about China and engaging in nuanced, interdisciplinary discussions which address critical societal issues relating to China;

  • Available for the entirety of the conference, March 29-31st 2019 (and available for any required travel time to and from Beijing);

  • Have not attended any of the previous Yenching Global Symposiums or Yenching Social Innovation Forums;

  • English Proficiency;

  • Leadership potential;

  • Bonus: Involvement in China-related activities - academic, voluntary, professional, extra-curricular.

Applications are highly competitive; we will only consider applicants who meet all the eligibility criteria and whose submissions are fully completed.



  • Please save your responses on a word document for your reference. Drafts will not be saved. Please only submit the full application when all responses are filled;

  • Your responses should be maximum of 200 words, and responses fewer than 100 words will not be considered competitive;

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. It is in your best interest to submit your application as soon as possible;

  • Incomplete and/or late applications will not be accepted;

  • If English is not your first language or you have not graduated from an English-taught program, please provide IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or CEFR scores. Applicants who do not have IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or CEFR scores should provide a description of other English proficiency experience.

  • YGS is fully funded. If you receive an e-mail that is asking for payment following your application, it is a scam.


If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to our Delegates team