Announcing the 2024 Fellowship for Change Cohort

The Beijing Global Center proudly announces the selection of 20 exceptional high school students from across China for the inaugural fellowship.

May 30, 2024

The Qi Social Innovation Center and the Columbia Global Center Beijing are proud to announce the selection of 20 exceptional high school students from across China for the inaugural 2024 Fellowship for Change program.

The Fellowship for Change is a year-long program that provides promising young social innovators the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, build a network of like-minded peers, and take concrete action on the pressing challenges facing their communities.

"We were incredibly inspired by the caliber of applicants for this year's Fellowship," said Jack Hsu (CBS'98), founder of the Qi Social Innovation Center and an advisory board member of the Beijing Global Center. "These 20 young people demonstrate an exceptional commitment to creating positive social impact through their ingenuity, perseverance, and deep concern for the wellbeing of others. We are excited to support them on the next phase of their social change journey."

Meet the Fellows

The 2024 Fellowship for Change recipients were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants based on their demonstrated commitment to social impact, creativity in problem-solving, and potential for driving systemic change.

The cohort comprises individuals from diverse backgrounds, all of whom share a passion for creating a more equitable and sustainable future. The 20 fellows come from 10 different cities or provinces across China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Guizhou, Jiangsu, Hebei, Henan, Liaoning, Zhejiang, and Shaanxi.

Click here to meet our inaugural cohort.

One-Year Journey

Over the next 12 months, the 2024 cohort will participate in three intensive in-person learning summits, where they will have the opportunity to interact with esteemed Columbia University professors and alumni, experienced social entrepreneurs, nonprofit and business leaders, and will receive guidance from inspiring mentors.

Through the dynamic curriculum, which includes academic workshops, experiential field visits, reading discussions, project studio time, and collaborative team building, Fellows will deepen their understanding of social innovation, hone their empathy and perspective-taking, and learn through hands-on experience by implementing their social impact initiatives to drive sustainable change.

"We are excited to partner with the Qi Social Innovation Center to provide these talented young leaders with the knowledge, network, and mindset to unlock their full potential as social innovators," said Helena Xiao, deputy director of the Columbia Global Center Beijing. "We believe deeply in the power of youth to solve the world's most complex challenges. We are supporting the 2024 Fellowship for Change cohort with a highly experienced group of professors and mentors to help propel them forward on this transformative journey."

For more information about the Fellowship for Change program, please visit the website here. Applications for the 2025 cohort will open in November 2024.