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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. Information about the 2020-2021 application process will be announced in late spring 2020.

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.

2019-2020 Student Fellows

2019-2020 Student Fellows Hold Successful First Meeting in Washington D.C.

The 2019-2020 U.S.-China Student Fellows met for the first time in Washington, DC, from September 28 to October 3, 2019. Under the theme “A World Order Under Stress,” the group of 12 undergraduate students from leading American and Chinese universities discussed a wide range of issues including trade, technology, security, human rights, and regional initiatives.



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

May 17, 2018

Duration: 1 minutes

Blog Posts

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…


The Threat of U.S.-China Economic Decoupling

November 21, 2019

Considering the current state of U.S.-China economic relations, do you think the United States and China will go through economic decoupling? In this blog post, the student fellows were asked to discuss the prospects of U.S.-China economic decoupling based on their own research and what they learned…