About the China Fellowship Program

Over the past three decades, China has experienced an economic and social transformation on a scale and at a speed unlike anything witnessed in recorded history. The achievements of the past thirty years in lifting hundreds of millions from poverty, building the world's second largest economy and thrusting China onto the world stage are truly awe-inspiring. As daunting as this task has been, what lies ahead for China over the next decades is an even greater challenge -- how to build a progressive, prosperous 'good' society in an increasingly globalized world community.

The goal of the China Fellowship Program is to energize China’s private sector business leaders to step up to this challenge in a meaningful fashion. Each Fellow has been selected because they have achieved real success in their careers and, yet, are at a point in their lives where they'd like to have a broader impact. The program is designed to guide them through a personal journey of reflection, insight and action in an area where they'd like to make that impact. As such, they will become more effective, enlightened leaders and will move "from success to significance."

The China Fellowship Program is completely non-political in nature. This program is made possible thanks to a generous gift from David M. Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Leadership Fund.

The Program

Each China Fellow must also commit to designing and launching a leadership venture of his or her own choosing. This initiative mobilizes Fellows’ energies, skills, and resources to address pressing social and economic challenges in China. The leadership venture requirement is integral to the Fellowship experience.

The Fellows' participation will be without cost to them or their organizations, with the exception of their travel costs and any incidental expenses they incur. Limited financial assistance may be provided for travel on a case by case basis.
 

Becoming a Fellow


Candidates must be nominated by a third party and selected by the Aspen Institute to participate in the program. Fellows come from a variety of industries and sectors in the Greater China region – including finance, technology, media & entertainment, health, retail, shipping & logistics, energy, education, hospitality, and more.

If you would like to nominate a candidate or have any further questions, please contact the program's managing director, Spring Fu (spring.fu@aspeninstitute.org) or the Program Coordinator, Katherine Hurley (katherine.hurley@aspeninstitute.org).  
 

China Fellowship News

  • Announcing The 2017 Class Of China Fellows
    Today, we are happy to announce the fifth class of China Fellows! The China Fellowship Program seeks to build a progressive, prosperous "good" society in an increasingly globalized world community. The Fellowship energizes China’s private sector leaders to step up to this challenge in a meaningful fashion. All 20 Fellows in this class are proven ... more

Members of the China Fellowship