SUMMIT and Application Information


Stanford Session

Summit Date:
October 4-8, 2018 

China Session

Summit Date:
March 23-27, 2019


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 2018-19 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 2017 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 question about eligibility. 

Funding and Financial Aid

FACES subsidizes travel expenses for delegates requiring financial assistance and pays for all costs of food, accommodation, programming, and transportation during the Summit. Over half of delegates typically receive financial aid. For details of our funding policy, please see our Guidelines on Funding and Financial Aid.

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-July. The final admissions result will be released in August.

Delegate Recruitment Timeline (2018)

  • July 8     Online Application due

  • 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.