and leadership development program that brings 10 mid-career U.S. leaders to China each fall.
The fellowship features intensive cultural immersion, group sessions with Chinese and U.S. experts and two weeks of individually-tailored travel and meetings in four to six Chinese cities around
The fellowship is supported by China's Ministry of Education and overseen by its international exchange & cooperation agency, the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). The Zhi-Xing program 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 design and implement this fellowship as a component of EF's USA Programs.
HOW IS THE ZHI-XING CHINA EISENHOWER FELLOWSHIP DIFFERENT?
The main differences between the Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship and the traditional USA Eisenhower Fellowship are the focus exclusively on travel and peer-to-peer exchange in China, and the opportunity to travel with a group at the same time. The 10 Zhi-Xing Fellows are selected as a cohort and must commit to the complete fellowship travel dates, which are fixed for the fall of each year. The hallmark of the Eisenhower Fellowship -- that it is an experience customized to each person's professional interests -- remains intact. Fellows participate in a three-day opening seminar in Beijing and a two-day closing seminar in Shanghai, and have nearly three weeks for travel and exchange around the country. The cohort experience is a wonderful and powerful addition to the USA Fellowship.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
As always, Eisenhower Fellowships seeks a mix of applicants from all professional sectors - public, private and nonprofit - and representing diverse disciplines. Competitive candidates generally have the following characteristics:
- Are exceptional mid-career leaders in their field, in the preferred age range of 32 to 45 years old;
- Demonstrate a track record of significant accomplishment within their communities and their professions, and have high potential for further growth and broader impact;
- Articulate achievable goals and a clear program design for their fellowship;
- Display a breadth of perspective and openness to a variety of experiences;
- Express a deep interest in China and its culture, and a desire for continuous, future engagement with Chinese peers;
- Commit to lifelong, active engagement with the Eisenhower Fellowships' global network.
Learn more about EF's selection criteria here.
The Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship is a partnership between Eisenhower Fellowships and the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). CEAIE is China’s
exchanges and cooperation.