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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 :

  • 同城-中学性别平等教育
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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.

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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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OYCF is delighted to announce that the application period for the  2024 OYCF-Chow Fellowship for Field Research in China is now open.

This fellowship, generously funded by Gregory C. and Paula K. Chow, provides graduate students in humanities and social sciences from U.S. or Canadian universities with an opportunity to conduct fieldwork in China for their thesis projects. Successful applicants can receive up to $5,000 in financial support.

Don't miss this chance to advance your research and contribute to the understanding of critical issues in China. Apply now!

2023 Awardees:

Overseas Young Chinese Forum congratulates the following five recipients of the 2023 OYCF-Chow Fellowship for Field Research in China:

Niall Chithelen is a Ph.D. candidate in History at UC San Diego.

Zhuang Han is a Ph.D. candidate in Global Development at Cornell University.

Hsu Huang is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Brown University.

Xiangyi Ren is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at University of Chicago.

Tong Xin is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Boston University.

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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