Yale (English) Fellows: Eligibility and Selection Criteria

With a legacy of excellence to maintain, the Yale-China Association selects only the most outstanding applicants to carry on its fellowship tradition. We look not only for intelligence, capacity for teaching, and ability to live and work abroad, but also for those candidates who will grow the most from the experience.


Fellows must have graduated from Yale University within five years of application (class of 2014 or later – including the class of 2019 – for the 2019-2021 fellowship term). Students of all majors and Yale schools are encouraged to apply, and prior experience with China or Chinese language is not required. International students are welcome to apply if they possess native-like English skills.

Applicants must also be eligible for visas for both mainland China and Hong Kong.

Note on medical requirements: Successful applicants who are appointed to a site in mainland China will undergo a health exam as a pre-requisite to obtaining a residence permit. Chinese law does not permit the granting of residence permits to individuals who test positive for HIV.

Selection Criteria

  • Perceptiveness and ability to reflect
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to foreign environments or unexpected circumstances
  • Maturity and self-reliance
  • Dedication to service
  • Interest in and capacity for teaching
  • Interest in and capacity for cultural exchange and sensitivity to cultural differences

To continue exploring your fellowship possibilities, view our Virtual Info Session.

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