Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the Yenching Social Innovation Forum?
The Yenching Social Innovation Forum (YSIF) is a flagship event hosted every year by the Yenching Academy of Peking University. Our 3-day conference brings together young innovators to share and develop solutions to challenges facing China and the world. The YSIF program will include a pitch competition for delegates' solutions, as well as workshops, networking events, and keynote speeches by individuals and organizations who are leaders in business and sustainable development.
When will the event be held?
This year, the Yenching Social Innovation Forum will take place from December 7-9, 2018. Participants will arrive by the evening of December 7 for the opening activities and depart on December 9-10.
Where will the event be held?
The Yenching Social Innovation Forum is hosted by the Yenching Academy of Peking University in Beijing, China.
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.
Do I need a certificate as proof of English proficiency?
YSIF does not require applicants to submit a minimum test score or certificate as proof of English proficiency. However, our team will evaluate the quality of written answers in the application form, such as spelling and grammar errors, to gauge applicants' English proficiency.
Who is eligible to apply?
Both young professionals and students can apply. We especially encourage applicants with interests or work related to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and the YSIF ‘18 theme. YSIF is geared towards creative people who will share and pitch business ideas. In addition, you must be between 18 and 30 years old as of September 10, 2018. Please contact us if you have questions regarding eligibility.
When is the application deadline for the Yenching Social Innovation Forum?
The priority application deadline for the 2018 Yenching Social Innovation Forum is September 10, 2018 at 23:59pm China Standard Time (GMT +8).
The final application deadline is September 17, 2018 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 October 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 covered 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. You should arrive no earlier than December 7 and leave no later than December 10. Due to Peking University regulations, we cannot book your flights beyond this date range.