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 the winner of the 2019 OYCF Social Innovation Contest at the OYCF annual meeting :

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Annual Meeting

The 2019 OYCF Annual Meeting successfully concluded on July 7, 2019. Interspersed with public talks by three distinguished experts on women in China, three startup “social organizations” from China presented their work to the OYCFers in attendance. These organizations are chosen from a competitive pool of applicants.  They have distinguished themselves for their work to promote women’s power and gender equality in China. The annual meeting culminated in the presentation of social innovation awards to the three organizations and fellowship awards to the graduate students.

Please see the OYCF Bulletin about related news coverage. 

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.  2019 recipients of the fieldwork fellowship was just announced in April 2019.

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2021 OYCF-Chow Fieldwork Fellowship Now Open for Application

Overseas Young Chinese Forum (OYCF) is pleased to announce that the 2021 OYCF-Chow Fellowship for Field Research in China is now open to application. Deadline: May 17, 2021.

The fellowship provides up to $3,500 to graduate students in humanities and social sciences in a U.S. or Canadian university to conduct fieldwork in China for their thesis projects.

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 OYCF-Chow Fellowship will only support long-term fieldwork in the 2021-2022 academic year (i.e., fieldwork that commences after September 2021). Short-term fieldwork in the summer of 2020 is not eligible this year. 

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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