Cultivating lasting interest in China's social, political and economic development by encouraging volunteerism, social innovation, research and educational exchange with China

Social Innovation

Social development in China is one important area of focus for the OYCF members. In 2016, OYCF established an annual social innovation award to encourage volunteerism and social entrepreneurship, and to promote civil society exchange between the U.S. and China.


OYCF is pleased to announce that, for the 2018 OYCF Social Innovation contest, the Award of Excellence goes to:  广东广州市青草青少年成长服务中心,入选项目: 流动儿童城市立足

The Awards of Merit go to:  (1) 湖北武汉市“守语者:聋人事务所,入选项目手语普法,赋能聋人; (2) 广东深圳零废弃环保公益事业发展中心,入选项目: 零废弃村落(河北沧州)

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Annual Meeting

The 2018 OYCF Annual Meeting was successfully held on May 25-26 in San Diego, California. This year's theme is on China's economic reform, and the agenda features (1) three high-level speakers, (2) contest among three social entrepreneurs from China, and (3) the award of China fieldwork research fellowship. 

Please see the OYCF Press Release about the 2018 annual meeting under Bulletin. 

You may view the agenda on the Annual Meeting page here.  

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OYCF's research program aims to address critical policy issues in China and to encourage fieldwork research in the country.

In 2018, OYCF announces a new fellowship program to support graduate students in field research in China.  The first four recipients were announced at the 2018 OYCF Annual Meeting.

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OYCF-Chow Fieldwork Fellowship

OYCF is pleased to announce the 2019 OYCF-Chow Fieldwork Fellowship is open for application. Deadline is March 15, 2019.

Since 2018, Overseas Young Chinese Forum (OYCF) has provided a fellowship to support field research in China. The Fellowship provides $3,000 to graduate students in humanities and social sciences in a U.S. or Canadian university to conduct fieldwork in China for their thesis projects. In addition, another $500 will be offered as post-fieldwork reward to the fellowship recipients who demonstrate excellence in the use of the fellowship. Fellowship recipients will be announced on the OYCF website as OYCF-Chow Fellows.

Priority will be given to research projects focusing on contemporary economic, social, cultural, or political issues in China, but historical or comparative studies with the majority of the fieldwork to be conducted in China are also eligible.

Not a member yet?

Anyone who is above 18 and who has lived in both China and overseas for one year or more is eligible for membership in the OYCF. Endorsement or reference from a current member is generally required.

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