SUMMIT and Application Information


Stanford Session

Summit Dates:
October 3-7, 2019 

China Session

Summit Dates:
Late March, 2020


Every year, FACES selects forty outstanding delegates from around the world to attend the FACES Summit. The Summit takes place in two sessions, first at Stanford and then in China. The China session of the 2019-20 Summit will take place at Peking University. Delegates are required to attend both sessions.

If you have not done so yet, we invite you to read our Fall 2018 Summit Report to learn more about what happens at the Stanford session of the Summit. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Age 20-28 at the time of the Summit.

  • Undergraduate sophomore or above at the time of the Summit.

  • Demonstrated strong personal or academic interest in U.S.-China relations.

  • Speak a level of English adequate to participate in interactions and discussions at the Summit.

While the majority of FACES delegates are U.S. or Chinese nationals, we welcome applicants from all nations to bring a diversity of perspectives. All delegates must accept our Delegate Expectations Agreement upon applying to the Summit. Please contact us at if you have any questions about eligibility. 

Funding and Travel Scholarships

FACES covers all food, accommodation and programming costs during the Summit. Participants are responsible for other expenses including flight and visa costs. There is no registration or participation fee for our program. A limited number of scholarships are provided to delegates with demonstrated need to partially cover travel costs. We strive to ensure that no applicant is turned way from participating due to personal financial circumstances. For details of our scholarship policy, please see our Guidelines on Travel Scholarships.

Delegate Selection Criteria

Delegates are selected for their potential to both benefit from and contribute to the Summit. Delegates chosen demonstrate potential to translate what they learn at the Summit into future action and results in their field. We look for a diverse and creative delegate cohort, with interests spanning business, politics, humanities, and engineering — among others. With the expectation that delegate-­to-delegate interactions are the foundation of the FACES Summit, we believe that applicants should demonstrate a strong willingness to share ideas, experiences, and perspectives, as well as a robust capacity to develop as a member of the FACES community in the long-term.

The application process has two rounds. Applicants are first asked to complete a written application and submit their resume/CV. Those selected for the second-round interview will be notified by mid to late July. Final admissions results will be released in August.

Delegate Recruitment Timeline (2019)

  • June 23      Online Application due

  • Mid-late July   First­ round selection and Skype interview notification 

  • August       Final notification

We look forward to your application, and please contact us at if you have any questions.