Call for applications: One-year master programme at Beijing University – University of Copenhagen > Yenching Academy

09 November 2017

Call for applications: One-year master programme at Beijing University

Introducing Yenching Academy at Beijing University

The Yenching Academy of Beijing 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 programme, 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 focuses 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.

An aspiring Yenching Scholar:

  • Has a BA degree in any field from University of Copenhagen before 31 August 2018
  • Is (preferably) under the age of 25 on 31 August 2018
  • 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

Download more information about applicant qualifications.

The Yenching Scholars' Fellowship includes

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.

More information on the Yenching Academy website or contact Casper Wichmann at ThinkChina:


Phone: +4551302527

Download the Yenching Academy Brochure for more information.

Application Process

Applicants from the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) are requested to apply simultaneously through the Yenching Academy website and by sending their application documents directly to UCPH’s ThinkChina secretariat.

The ThinkChina Secretariat is responsible for shortlisting 2-3 suitable candidates who will then compete for 1-2 Yenching Academy Fellowships and be selected by the Yenching Academy management.

Please use the two documents below for the application. The documents must be submitted via the Yenching Academy website and by email to the ThinkChina Secretariat (  

Download: 1) Yenching Academy Application Form; 2) Yenching Academy Recommendation Form.

Deadline for application to ThinkChina: January 8th 2018.