【Open for Applications】Yenching Academy Alumni Enrichment Program

Dear Yenching Academy Alumni,

We hope this message finds you well.

As part of our ongoing commitment to fostering a strong and engaged community, we are thrilled to introduce the Yenching Academy Alumni Enrichment Program. This program aims to bring back esteemed alumni to our campus, providing a unique opportunity for personal and professional enrichment.

Program Overview:

  1. Eligibility:

1) All Yenching Academy alumni are eligible to apply.

2) Each alumnus may participate once.

3) Priority will be given to alumni from the 2019, 2020, and 2021 cohorts who were most severely affected by the pandemic.

  1. Program Duration:

1) The upcoming phase will run from March 1st, 2024, to June 30th, 2024.

2) Each visit must last between 30 to 90 days.

3) Within these stipulations, alumni may begin the visit on any date between March 1st and June 30th, but the visit must end before June 30th.

  1. Visa Information:

1) F-type visa (single entry).

2) The invitation letter for the visa application will be provided by the Yenching Academy. The alumni accepted by the program must apply for a visa at their local Chinese embassy & consulate with all required materials.

3) The Yenching Academy will assist with the visa application process, but approval is at the discretion of Chinese embassies & consulates.

  1. Application Process:

1) No more than five applicants will be accepted for the upcoming phase.

2) Application Materials:

a) Personal Information and Resume

b) Personal Statement (around 500 words):

· Describe your experience at YCA and beyond.

· Explain your goals in applying for this program.

c) Project Proposal (around 1500 words):

· Describe your research plan for the visit.

· Outline expected outcomes.

  1. Admissions Process:

1) Comprehensive review of application materials by the review committee.

2) Accepted alumni will be notified by the end of December 2023.

3) Coordination with the YCA Office for visa, travel plans and logistics, etc.

  1. Rights and Benefits for Admitted Applicants:

1) Reimbursement of return trip costs (up to ¥12,000).

2) Living stipend of ¥3,000/month (before tax). Please note that after graduation, each stipend transfer will be taxed at a rate of 20% according to the Chinese Tax Law.

3) Accommodation stipend of ¥4,000/month (before tax). Please note that alumni will be responsible for their accommodation during the visit since Shaoyuan is fully booked for the 2024 academic year.

4) Access to YCA Library.

5) Access to YCA events, including but not limited to academic lecture series, cultural events, career development events, alumni events, leadership events, and residential events.

6) Right to audit certain courses offered by the Yenching Academy, including but not limited to the China in Transition lecture series and Topics in China Studies lecture series.

7) Alumni will be invited to join the Field Studies trip (in the fall semester) and the Yenching Global Symposium (in the spring semester) if happened during your visit.

  1. Alumni Visiting Program Requirements:

1) Completion of an individual research project related to China studies.
Regardless of the length of your visit, you will be required to complete one individual research project related to China studies, and submit a research report based on your results. This report may be presented in any format of your choosing. Before the end of your visit, you will be required to present your research report.

2) On-duty at the Academy for 16 hours/week.
Alumni are required to be on duty at the Academy 16 hours a week, of which 4 are reserved as open hours for current students to present career- related or academic-related enquiries. The other time can be used to conduct independent research or aid in office work.

3) Organization of at least one alumni event.

4) Assistance with Field Studies or Yenching Global Symposium if participating.

5) Adherence to the visitation contract.
A visitation contract will be signed between the alumni visiting scholar and Yenching Academy. For the duration of the alumni visit, alumni must strictly abide by the terms of this contract, and any failure to uphold these terms may result in termination of the visit. Alumni may not undertake another internship or work during this visiting period.

This program provides a unique opportunity to reconnect with the Yenching community, contribute to our academic environment, and advance your research interests. We appreciate your interest in this enriching experience and encourage you to submit your application by December 20, 2023, through the following link: https://yenchingacademy.wufoo.com/forms/kd4xszx02fbf0h/. Late application will not be accepted.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at ycaalumni@pku.edu.cn . We eagerly anticipate the prospect of welcoming you back to Jingyuan.


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