Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the Yenching Social Innovation Forum?
The Yenching Social Innovation Forum is a three-day event that brings together young innovators from around the world to brainstorm solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing China and the world. The forum will consist of a series of workshops, keynote speakers, networking events, and site visits hosted by individuals and organizations who are leaders in social innovation.
When will the event be held?
The Yenching Social Innovation Forum will take place from December 8-11, 2017. Participants will arrive by the evening of December 8 for the opening activities and depart on December 11.
Where will the event be held?
The Yenching Social Innovation Forum is hosted by the Yenching Academy of Peking University in Beijing, China. Forum activities on December 10 will also include visits to organizations around Beijing.
Application and admissions
Do I need a visa?
All accepted applicants will need to apply for and secure their own visas if they should need one. The applicant is responsible for all costs of obtaining a visa. Yenching Academy can provide an official letter of invitation at the applicant's discretion.
Do I need to speak Chinese to participate?
No, the working language of the Yenching Social Innovation Forum is English. Only applicants with proficient English language skills will be considered.
Who is eligible to apply?
All young professionals and graduate students working on issues related to climate change are encouraged to apply. While there is no age limit, the Yenching Social Innovation Forum is geared towards young professionals, entrepreneurs, and researchers. Please contact us if you have any queries regarding eligibility.
When is the application deadline for the Yenching Social Innovation Forum?
The application deadline for the 2017 Yenching Social Innovation Forum is October 20, 2017 at 23:59pm China Standard Time (GMT+8). Late applications will not be considered.
When will applicants be notified?
Applicants will be notified of their status by early November at the latest.
Do I need to have a background in China to apply?
It is not a requirement for applicants to have previously traveled to China or to have any prior knowledge regarding China. The Yenching Social Innovation Forum hopes to bring together bright minds from around the world who have unique perspectives on any issues related to this year’s theme.
Can I apply with others as a group or organization?
This year, we will only consider applications from individuals, but multiple applicants from the same group or organization are more than welcome to apply.
scholarship and Travel logistics
If selected as a participant, what costs are covered by the Yenching Social Innovation Forum?
Transportation to and from Beijing, hotel accommodations, meals, and conference materials will all be accounted for by the Yenching Academy of Peking University. Participants will have to bear visa expenses (if applicable) and other personal expenses.
What if I can only attend a part of the Yenching Social Innovation Forum?
Due to the large volume of applications, only applicants who will be available during the entire event will be considered.
i WOULD LIKE TO ARRIVE A FEW DAYS BEFORE OR LEAVE A FEW DAYS AFTER THE FORUM. cAN i CHOOSE MY FLIGHT DATES AND ACCOMMODATION?
Accommodation will only be provided for the duration of the Yenching Social Innovation Forum. Delegates considering an extended stay will have to arrange for any additional accommodation. In that case, the committee will need to be notified as soon as possible to arrange alternate flight dates.