What does a successful applicant look like?open
In addition to an outstanding academic career, as evidenced by transcripts and letters of recommendation, successful applicants will also have been able to show that they have the potential to be leaders in their chosen fields. The admissions committee looks to the personal statement for a well-reasoned and persuasive explanation of how applicants will benefit from being a Yenching Scholar. Interviews with finalists help the committee get a sense of the applicant’s academic and personal qualities, and how well they are suited for the program.
Students applying from Mainland China will all be 2016 graduates of top Chinese universities, including Peking University, and will have majored in a wide variety of fields in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Like all Yenching Scholars whose native language is not English, they will have demonstrated strong proficiency in English. Chinese applicants are typically motivated to attend the Yenching Academy by a desire to broaden and deepen knowledge of their own country, strengthen their ability to engage intellectually with people from around the world, and improve their personal leadership qualities.