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U.S.-China Student Fellows

U.S.-China Student Fellows

The U.S.-China Student Fellows Program is a platform to promote student-to-student dialogue among U.S. and Chinese university students around critical global issues.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues is postponing its annual call for applications for the U.S.-China Student Fellows Program. Please check in the fall for future updates.

Inaugurated in September 2016, the U.S.-China Student Fellows program features a cohort of ten to twelve young leaders selected from top U.S. and Chinese colleges and universities. Over the course of an academic year, fellows participate in dialogue through in-person meetings, a web-based platform, and networking opportunities.

  • The inaugural 2016-2017 cohort was focused on the theme "Challenges of Globalization."​
  • The 2017- 2018 cohort of the student fellows participated in the program under the theme “Risks and Opportunities in an Evolving International System.”
  • During 2018-2019 academic year, the third cohort of the student fellows considered the topic of "United States-China: Shared Global Responsibilities."
  • The 2019-2020 Student Fellows cohort is discussing the theme "A World Order Under Stress".

You can learn about the fellows, read their blog posts, and learn more about the in-person meetings held in Washington, D.C., and Beijing below.



U.S.-China Student Fellows Program Promo (Video)

May 17, 2018

Duration: 1 minutes

Blog Posts

The U.S.-China Relationship Under Stress

May 4, 2020

In this blog post, the students were asked to reflect and write on the dynamics and challenges of the U.S.-China relationship during difficult times, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. They considered a number of factors including the effects of increased competition on the bilateral…


U.S.-China Relations in the Social Media Era

January 28, 2020

Social media has been increasingly used as a means of communication between states. Political leaders and diplomats often use social media to signal intentions and engage counterparts. Social media companies like Facebook are also facing mounting criticism for their failure to censor hate speech and…