Are you an American that has lived or studied in China and are back in the United States after an unforgettable experience abroad?

Project Pengyou is recruiting passionate young Americans with first-hand China experience to join our nationwide Leadership Network and lead the establishment of a Project Pengyou chapter on their campus. Leadership Fellows will receive an exclusive invitation to participate in a four-day Leadership Training Summit at UC Berkeley on October 10-13, 2015. This is your chance to join a nationwide movement of US-China bridge-builders across the nation.


  • EXCLUSIVE INVITATION to attend a four-day Leadership Training Summit at UC Berkeley from October 10 – October 13, 2015*
  • GAIN strategic skills in cross-cultural leadership and community-organizing methods to mobilize people and resources as part of a national grassroots campaign
  • CONNECT with other motivated Americans with China experience from across the US, and be a part of our exclusive national leadership fellows network.
  • VIP ACCESS to special high-level US-China events and opportunities to meet government, business and civic leaders deeply experienced in US-China cooperation; make valuable connections for personal growth and professional development
  • LEAD a Project Pengyou Chapter at your university or institution, and be a pioneer of China exchange, knowledge and action in your community

* All participants are responsible for their own airfare and travel. Lodging, food, speaker and summit costs will be covered by Golden Bridges Foundation / Project Pengyou. Limited scholarships will be available based on donations.


  • Americans citizens or legal residents who have studied or lived abroad in China and are available to participate in the Leadership Training summit at the University of California, Berkeley from October 10-13th, 2015.
  • Highly committed individuals with enthusiasm for Project Pengyou’s mission to promote constructive China exchange
  • Current students of a university, community college or high school (graduate students also eligible) who will be in the United States for at least one academic year
  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate high potential for leadership, public speaking, and event coordination responsibilities

* If your school does not already have a Project Pengyou chapter, at least two candidates from your school must apply. Candidates must be prepared to partner with other leadership fellow(s) from their school to lead and mobilize their school’s Project Pengyou chapter.


The Leadership Training Summit is comprised of four days of intensive and hands-on learning covering tools needed to lead a strong chapter: leadership, organizing, action and U.S.-China bridge-building.

Leadership, Organizing and Action

Derived from material developed by Harvard Professor Marshall Ganz, the curriculum teaches leadership as accepting responsibility to enable others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty. This program will explore how leadership is exercised through the mastery of five practices, including:

1. Crafting public narratives to inspire others

2. Building relationships with stakeholders

3. Recruiting leadership teams

4. Strategizing and organizational positioning

5. Empowering others through leadership and action

US-China Bridge-building

Leadership Fellows will also explore the challenges and importance of US-China people-to-people exchange with their peers and prominent experts in the field.

Following the summit, Leadership Fellows will immediately apply these practices in the real world by organizing a new Project Pengyou Chapter at their school or strengthening an existing chapter with the skills they have learned. Each Chapter will hold an event on “Pengyou Day” November 19th, 2015 to celebrate their chapter’s launch (or continuation).


  • September 1, 2015 6:00 PM EST: Deadline for submission of application materials
  • September 3, 2015 6:00 PM EST: Semifinalists announced and invited for Round 2 (including a video submission)
  • September 6, 2015 6:00 PM EST: Round 2 deadline
  • September 11, 2015: Finalists announced
  • September 14, 2015: Fall 2015 Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows announced!
  • October 10-13, 2015: Fall 2015 Project Pengyou Leadership Summit held at UC Berkeley


  • Step 1

    General Application

    Complete Questions on General Information about School and Work Experience

  • Step 2

    Short Essay Questions

    Please answer five short essay questions (100-300 words each, submit online)

  • Step 3


    Please provide contact information for two references, at least one of whom must be someone who can vouch for your exchange experience in China

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* Applicants should be a member of a China alumni group on ProjectPengyou.org and have completed over 80% of their online profile, including a profile photo.


  • We believe the United States and China hold the world’s most important bilateral relationship, but the relationship is highly complex, challenging & multifaceted.
  • We believe US-China relations carry tremendous economic value & global importance.
  • We believe people with frontline experiences in China are our most crucial and valuable asset in managing US-China ties.
  • We believe all American “China Alumni” can – and should – play a major role in pioneering a robust & mutually beneficial relationship between our two nations.


In 2014 we held our inaugural Leadership Training Summits with two cohorts of Leadership Fellows. See our recap blog posts and photos here: Fall 2014 Recap, Spring 2014 Photos, Fall 2014 Photos.

IMG_7216…So many of us have walked away from this conference with a strong sense of community, capacity, strength and love rooted in unforgettable and unbreakable friendships. To simply say ‘thank you’ would be a disservice to what [the Fellows] have done for me. You have all transformed me, elevated me, enlightened me, empowered me.”

- Lillygol S., Spring 2014 Leadership Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

IMG_6603It’s hard to believe that we have just begun. We’re seeing new avenues opening and deepening our exchange with China. I think professors also feel a bit of fresh air the spirit Project Pengyou brings to campus. I believe in us. We have big dreams. We are not afraid to take on challenges those dreams demand.“  

- Tammy T., Fall 2014 Leadership Fellow- University of Wisconsin – Madison

IMG_9046Never have I felt so loved and empowered before. [The Fellows] vision for a better tomorrow and fearlessness and quest for transformation inspire me…This doesn’t end when you go back home; we will keep inspiring, caring, and transforming lives and telling our stories!”

- Jianyin R., Fall 2014 Leadership Fellow, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

IMG_2595“[This group of people] are incredible; even though we are apart I have a gut feeling this [community] isn’t going to disappear. That we are all part of something bigger than we realize, that is built on a system of mutual admiration and a desire for change.”

- Heidi W., Fall 2014 Leadership Fellow – University of Colorado, Boulder


Project Pengyou is a non-profit initiative of the Golden Bridges Foundation that was conceived in 2011 as the alumni network of the President’s 100,000 Strong Initiative. We seek to empower and mobilize a rising generation of US-China bridge-builders to serve, inspire and transform lives.

With over 300 groups and 4,500 members, Project Pengyou is establishing campus chapters across America to champion a deeper understanding of China and to encourage active US-China engagement beyond the classroom. Last year, Project Pengyou launched a “Leadership Fellows” program to train young American “China alumni” in community organizing and cross-cultural leadership skills.

On www.ProjectPengyou.org, anyone interested in China can create an account and connect with other American China alumni. Through our members, we are crowdsourcing China-related jobs, events, stories and resources, while providing opportunities to connect and discuss China-related issues.


Questions? See our frequently asked questions page. For all other queries, please contact us at nihao@projectpengyou.org