Michael Wenderoth and past Chang-Lan Fellowship recipients reflect on the significance of their experiences and long-term engagement with China.

June 4, 2020: Check out Michael’s story in China Currents.


The Chang-Lan Fellowship is intended to promote cultural understanding between the United States and China. Projects appropriate for the fund should focus on China-related topics within any discipline or career area and take place—in order of preference—in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or other countries in Asia.

Chang-Lan Fellowships do not support formal study at an academic institution, but rather should focus on experiential learning projects students undertake independently or within the context of an organization (for-profit, non-profit, or governmental).  Chang-Lan funds should be stand-alone support for that project.  

Chang-Lan Fellows are required to share their experiences and learning with the Carleton community when they return to campus, and will include reflections and information about the experience as a Fellow and how it influenced their career-related goals. Students who have not lived or traveled in Asia previously will be given preference.  

The Chang-Lan Fellowship may be applied for during Fall Term, Winter Term, or Spring Term.


While there is no per-fellowship limit attached to use of the Chang-Lan funds, applicant budgets are reviewed carefully to ensure they are reasonable and proportionate to the activity proposed


  • Sophomore or junior students may apply at any deadline; first-year students are ineligible to apply at the Fall Term deadline; seniors may apply only for non-Comps projects and only at the Fall Term deadline.
  • Students in any major are eligible.
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing.

View examples of successful Chang-Lan fellowship applications.

See the Application and Recommendations Process page for more information!


Please contact Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships, Laird 131, x4300.