THE application for the 2020 ZHI-XING CHINA EISENHOWER FELLOWSHIP is closed. Please check this webpage in june 2020 for the next recruitment cycle.  


If you are interested in our program, please read all of the information on this page carefully. We also recommend that you read our Guidelines for Applying to the Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship


The Zhi-Xing (知 行, “learning and travel”) China Fellowship is a four-week professional and leadership development program that brings approximately 10 mid-career U.S. leaders to China. The fellowship features intensive cultural immersion, group sessions with Chinese and U.S. experts and two-three weeks of individually-tailored travel and meetings in four to six Chinese cities around Mainland China. The Zhi-Xing Fellows are selected as a cohort and must commit to the complete fellowship travel dates. The fellowship will take place from June 1- 28, 2020.

The fellowship is supported and overseen the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). The Zhi-Xing Fellowship has its genesis in the annual talk on People-to-People Exchange between the United States government and China. The fellowship is designed to advance greater understanding between the people of the two nations. Launched in 2015, CEAIE and Eisenhower Fellowships (EF) work in partnership to implement this fellowship as a component of EF's USA Programs. The program and recruitment costs for the Zhi-Xing China Fellowships are funded by VIP KID.

2018 Zhi-Xing Fellows in China



Candidates must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Competitive applicants generally fall within the age range of approximately 32 to 45 years old, as this is a fellowship aimed at ascendant mid-career professionals, not students or full-time academics. EF is recruiting candidates from all sectors and professional backgrounds, including active farmers and ranchers. While we do consider candidates who are older or younger than this, the farther your age falls outside of this age range, the less competitive your application will be. 


Before applying, all candidates should consider carefully whether their professional and personal circumstances will allow them to participate in an intensive, four-week fellowship in China. Beginning a couple months prior to travel, Eisenhower Fellows must devote significant time to researching and preparing for their fellowship. All fellowship travel must take place with the group during the month of June.  Deferrals until the following year are not permitted.  


Successful candidates typically display the following characteristics in their applications: 

  • demonstrate not only significant accomplishments within their communities and their professions but also high potential for growth and broader impact
  • propose a compelling fellowship program that takes full advantage of this unique opportunity; 
  • identify a project or initiative they intend to develop during the fellowship and are able to articulate how this experience will help them meet that goal and create positive impact; and 
  • commit to engage actively with the global Eisenhower Fellowship network throughout their lifetime.



If you applied for the 2020 program, please review the information below as it is essential to your application process and consideration.


Candidates who are selected as finalists will be invited for an interview in Philadelphia with a selection committee made of up representatives from EF and CEAIE. All economy-class roundtrip transportation and hotel (one night, if necessary) are covered by EF. In-person interviews are required and cannot be done via phone.  Please be sure to hold the date on your calendar. If you cannot attend the interview in person, you cannot be considered for the program.


Selection decisions will be announced in January 2020.


Selection Timeline:

November 20, 2019                               Application portal closes

Now – December 2, 2019                    Phone Interviews for Semi-Finalists

December 11 & 12, 2019                     Finalist (in-person) Interviews in Philadelphia at EF HQ

January 2020                                           Successful candidates will be notified of acceptance

June 1-28, 2020                                      Zhi-Xing China Fellowships takes place in China


Please note: All fellowships are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.


For a more detailed understanding of the planning process for an Eisenhower Fellowship and our official policies, take a look at the 2020 Fellowship Manual. Please note that all policies and procedures are subject to change.