Saturday, January 23, 2021

[Online Leadership Program] Yenching Global Symposium 2021, China (Fully Funded)

The Yenching Global Symposium is back for 2021! The year 2020 has brought with it unprecedented shifts and challenges to our world, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic heightened existing tensions, triggered new divides, and entrenched structural inequalities.

In response, and as the year comes to a close, we are excited to announce the theme of our upcoming Symposium: “Shared Renewal: Recoupling East with West”. As such, we will reflect upon the consequences of the pandemic; discuss solutions that build resilient and sustainable societies; and chart the recovery – all with an interdisciplinary and international lens. Given the risks of COVID-19, and to comply with public health regulations, this Symposium will be held online, during April 16th-18th, 2021.

The Symposium presents you with an opportunity to embark upon a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, in which delegates, scholars and speakers from all over the globe will build lasting relationships and engage in constructive, solutions-oriented dialogue on China’s role in the world.

We invite you to join us at the Yenching Global Symposium in 2021! We will accept delegate applications between January 1st, 2021 (00:01, China Standard Time, GMT+8) and February 13th, 2021 (23:59, China Standard Time, GMT+8). 
The Yenching Global Symposium is hosted by the Yenching Academy at Peking University, Beijing, China. This year, however, it will be held online as a response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.


  • If you are selected as a delegate, the Yenching Global Symposium will cover all expenses related to the online event.
  • Special assistance will be provided for participants with special needs.
We welcome applications from anyone with strong leadership potential ready to participate in nuanced interdisciplinary discussions on questions surrounding China and global sustainability who meets the following criteria:

  • Born after January 1, 1991;
  • Possesses a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any field at the time of application;
  • Will commit themselves for the entirety of the symposium, April 16-18, 2021;
  • Is proficient in English;
  • Has never attended any of the previous Yenching Global Symposiums or Yenching Social Innovation Forums; and
  • Bonus: Involvement in China-related activities: academic, voluntary, professional, or extra-curricular.

    How to Apply:

    Visit our applications portal here to submit your application!

    Tips for Application:

    • Essay responses should be a maximum of 250 words or 1 minute video responses to EACH essay question. Please note that responses with less than 50 words or those that have been plagiarized will not be considered.
    • 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 proof of your English proficiency (i.e. standardized tests or certification). Screenshots are accepted.
    • Please read the FAQs on the Yenching Global Symposium 2021 website carefully before completing this application. The FAQs will be updated throughout the application process.

    Apply by February 13th, 2021 (23:59, China Standard Time, GMT+8)

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