Scholarship/Fellowship Deadlines to look out for in early 2017

by Project Pengyou on January 10th, 2017   1691 views

To help you ease into the semester without missing out on these opportunities, we’ve put together a list of some scholarships and fellowships to study abroad in China to keep an eye on over the next few months.


The holidays are over and it’s time to break into a new semester. With so much going on, it can be hard to keep track of upcoming deadlines for great opportunities to study in China. To help you ease into the semester without missing out on these opportunities, we’ve put together a list of some scholarships and fellowships to study abroad in China to keep an eye on over the next few months:

1. Thomas R. Pickering (Deadline: Jan 13th)

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides up to $37,500 in financial aid to undergraduate and graduate students and includes mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. See more information on their website.

2. Americans Promoting Study Abroad (APSA) – (Deadline: Jan 31)

The China Scholars Program enables global-minded youth (ages 15 – 17 or grades 9 – 11) to receive real-world experiences abroad, while developing an understanding for a foreign culture as well as a deeper grasp on their future careers goals. Every summer, Global Youth and APSA Scholarship recipients travel to China for this four-week intensive program. In those weeks, the scholars immerse in Chinese language and culture through daily language instruction, excursions around the city, and various service-learning projects. View the webpage for more details about the scholarship and to apply.

3. David L. Boren Awards for International Study (Deadline: Jan. 31st)

The Boren Scholarship provides up to $20,000 for a year-long program, $10,000 for a semester long program and $8,000 for STEM majors to participate in a summer program. Applicants for this scholarship must be undergraduate students that have already chosen a program to enroll in when applying. For more information, check out the Boren program website.

4. Yenching Academy – (Non US/Canadian Applicant Deadline: Jan 31)

The Yenching Academy of Peking University offers a Master’s degree in China Studies. This specially designed, English-taught program emphasizes inter-disciplinarity and the value it assigns to thinking about China’s development from both Chinese and international perspectives. Yenching Scholars commit to twelve months, during the course of which they complete their coursework and may complete the thesis. Degrees are granted upon the completion of all coursework and satisfactory defense of the thesis, and are awarded in January and July of each year. See the program website for more information and to apply. (Please note: US applicant deadline has already passed)

5. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program (Application opens mid-Jan.)

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program online application is open for undergraduate students participating in credit-bearing study abroad programs and international internships during the summer 2017 and fall/academic year 2017-18 terms.  The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go, and you can receive up to $8000 in financial aid. For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources, including subscription to Gilman Advisor Newsletters, go to the Gilman website at

6. IIE Confucius China Studies Program ( Application opens mid February)

CCSP is a program by the Institute of International Education (IIE) which provides funding for doctoral studies in China. China scholars who are already enrolled in a doctoral program at their home university can apply to have their tuition, room and board, and research expenses covered (up to 80,000 for room and board and 20,000 for research annually) from six months to four years, depending on the program type. For more information, visit the IIE webpage!

7. Schwarzman Scholars Program (Applications open March/April)

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends. In this full-expenses covered program, students live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes are taught in English. Students pursue degrees in one of three disciplines: Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies. View the website for more information and to apply.

8. Chinese Government Scholarships (Between Jan. and April, varies by university)

Another option is to directly enroll in a Chinese University and apply for a Chinese Government Scholarship. The Chinese Government Scholarship—Great Wall Program is a full scholarship established by China’s Ministry of Education for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to sponsor graduate or doctoral students and scholars to study in China or conduct research. Check out our post for more information: Your Guide to Chinese Government Scholarships.

Good luck to all of the Pengyous who are applying for scholarships and fellowships to go to China! Let us know if we missed any other programs that you think belong on this list, and stay tuned for more resources later.



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