Fellows from US and China

3-week long

In-depth learning experience


Places to visit in China


Unique activities

About Zhi-Xing China Fellowship

 The Zhi-Xing China Fellowship is a three-week academic trip to China that aims to inspire and build connections between the next generation of global leaders in the US and China. Jointly implemented by China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and Asia Society, this Fellowship is a highlight of U.S-China People-to-People Exchange, championed by the US Secretary of State and the Chinese counterpart. 

 Annually, we select 50-60 outstanding student leaders, with equal representation from the US and China. Together, they will attend seminars, lectures, field visits, as well as work together on a final capstone project on their findings. These tailor-designed seminars and lectures offer diverse perspectives on China’s culture, history, society, innovation, and political and economic systems. A variety of carefully curated field visits provide interactive and hands-on opportunities for fellows to develop a deep understanding of China. 


 The Fellowship will take place in China on July 21-August 7, 2020 and cannot be deferred. US participants may need to arrive in China 1-2 days prior to the start of the program. 

The Fellowship covers US participants’ international airfare, travel, and activities expenses in China, short-term travel insurance and visa fees. Participants are responsible for other incidental and personal expenses. 

The 2020 Fellowship will take place in China between July 21 – August 7

Application Details

Selection Criteria 

Selection Criteria 

  • Undergraduate students currently enrolled in an accredited American university or college
  • Academic excellence and strong leadership competencies
  • Currently in a senior leadership position of a student-led organization, preferred 
  • An open mind and a desire to broaden their understanding about China and the world 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


To build a strong and robust network, student fellows are required to:

  • Actively participate in the entirety of the program in China
  • Complete pre-departure assignments
  • Publish at least one reflective piece in the form of essay, photo-essay, or video on the program website or other major media outlets within 3 months upon completion of the program in China
  • Be an active member of the U.S.-China University Student Leaders Alumni Network
  • Serve as alumni representative and provide advisory to future classes of Fellows 
Join Us in 2020!

Join Us in 2020!

The 2020 Fellowship Program will take place in China between July 21 – August 7, 2020 and cannot be deferred. US participants may need toarrive in China one or two days prior to July 21 in order to arrive in China in time for the program. 

The Fellowship covers US participants’ international airfare, travel and activities expenses in China, short-term travel insurance and visa fees. 

 2020 Application Deadline:  Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET 

 This Fellowship will: 

Identify student leaders in both US and China with demonstrated potential to play a leadership role on campuses and in future careers
Guide student leaders to a more nuanced and comprehensive understanding of China, its bilateral relationship with the US, and its place in the world, both historical and contemporary
Connect American student leaders with counterparts in China, building deep personal relationships critical to shaping the future of US-China relations
Encourage cross-cultural learning, cross-pollination of ideas, and establish trust and the basis for a life time of collaborations
Establish a US-China University Student Leaders Alumni Network 


 If you have any questions, please contact us at: zhixing@asiasociety.org 

About Asia Society

Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.

Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with major centers and public buildings in New York, Hong Kong, and Houston, and offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, Washington, D.C., and Zurich.

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About China Education Association for International Exchange 

Founded in 1981, CEAIE is China's largest and most influential nationwide non-profit organization conducting international education exchange and cooperation. It is located in Beijing. It is committed to delivering high quality programs and services to address the needs of China's education development, conducting educational exchange and cooperation between China and the world and building trusting relationships between people of the world by sharing culture and education. It is a membership organization consisting of 809 member institutions from both national and local levels across 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities in China. 

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