China Fellowship Program FAQs

What is the purpose of the Fellowship?
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. Launched in 2013 by two Henry Crown Fellows with the generous support of David M. Rubenstein, the China Fellowship Program aims to energize the new generation of private sector business leaders in China to step up in a meaningful fashion to meet the challenges presented by this vast transformation. 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. The China Fellowship Program is completely non-political in nature. 

How is the Fellowship structured?
This fellowship is modeled after the highly successful Henry Crown Fellowship, launched by the Aspen Institute in 1997. Each class of 20-22 China Fellows is chosen from a wide pool of accomplished entrepreneurial leaders. The two-year program comprises a structured series of four seminars (approximately 25 days in total), under the guidance of skilled senior moderators of the Aspen Institute, along with a required leadership venture of each Fellow’s own design and choosing. Seminars are held primarily in the Greater China region and the Aspen Institute campus in Aspen, Colorado.

What are the benefits of participating in the Fellowship?
The Fellowship is designed for entrepreneurs who have already achieved considerable success in the private sector, and are at an inflection point in their lives or careers—looking toward the broader role they might take on in their communities or globally. The Fellowship provides a threefold benefit to Fellows at this stage in their life: 1) Reflection on how they lead in their homes, at work, and in the world at large 2) Participation in a global network of leaders who support each other and hold each other accountable to the highest standards of integrity 3) Support and encouragement from the Fellowship leadership team to move from “success to significance,” by creating a leadership venture that addresses a pressing social and economic challenge of their country.

What is a leadership venture?
The guiding purpose of the China Fellowship Program is to motivate entrepreneurial leaders across the region to move “from success to significance,” by working to address the foremost social and economic challenges of their country. As such, an integral part of the Fellowship experience is each Fellow undertaking a “leadership venture” that is developed during the Fellowship period, but lasts a lifetime – a chance to put your values into action. In designing and implementing these ventures, it is expected that the Fellows will apply the sorts of leadership principles and practices we have studied together around the seminar table. We encourage Fellows to consider ventures as an opportunity. An opportunity to do what you’ve always meant to do, but never found the time for. An opportunity to bring a fresh approach to a problem you see. To be daring. To be bold. To take some risks.

If you have any further questions, please contact the program's managing director, Spring Fu ( or the program coordinator, Katherine Hurley (