CUSEF and One Young World celebrate launch of the “CUSEF Young Leaders Scholarship”


Eight young leaders will have the opportunity to attend the One Young World next year in Montréal, Canada.Scholarship recipients will focus on ensuring how the U.S. and China can partner for peace.

9 November 2023 - One Young World, the global forum for young leaders, and the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), a nonprofit established to build relationships, trust, and understanding between China and the United States, today celebrate the launch of its CUSEF Young Leaders Scholarship at the annual Hong Kong Forum on U.S.-China Relations.

As part of CUSEF’s 15th anniversary celebrations, the scholarship will identify eight outstanding young leaders from around the world to participate in the One Young World Summit 2024 in Montréal and join the global One Young World Ambassador Community.

The Scholars will be selected based on their proven positive social impact when it comes to tackling global challenges such as climate change, gender equality, and universal education. A competition to identify the inaugural cohort will also consider each applicant’s interest in building trust, facilitating exchange, and advancing understanding between the world’s two largest economies.

Scholars will benefit from a multitude of development opportunities exploring the themes of how the U.S. and China can collaborate on solving shared challenges, accelerate progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and foster global peace and prosperity. This includes participating in an onstage panel and hosting a workshop during their attendance at the One Young World Summit next year, which is attended by over 2,000+ of the brightest young leaders from every country and sector, as well as lifetime membership to CUSEF.

The young leaders will also receive access to monthly global calls designed to provide delegates with enhanced leadership skills and principles alongside expertise around the Summit's main themes.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is the 31st January 2024 and you can apply here.

James Chau, CUSEF President, said: “We are honored to provide this life-changing opportunity for eight young people to partner for peace. With the expertise of One Young World, our CUSEF Scholars will have the skills and confidence to go out into the world and make a lasting impact. We are living in a critical moment, and the U.S.-China relationship is in itself a global issue that shapes the trajectory of the greatest challenges – and greatest opportunities – today.”

Kate Robertson and David Jones, Co-Founders of One Young World, said: “We’re delighted to be launching the Young Leaders Scholarship with CUSEF, and provide eight amazing young leaders the chance to attend the Summit next year. The Scholarship provides the opportunity to build a generation of leaders who want to continue to build strong relationships between the U.S. and China, and to ensure both nations take joint action on issues such as climate change and public health”.


The China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) is a Hong Kong-based non-profit that seeks to build trust, facilitate exchange, and advance understanding between the world's two largest economies. CUSEF has a long commitment to youth and education, bringing more than 2,000 American students to China, including 800 from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Founded in 2008, it is celebrating its 15th anniversary by inviting global youth to apply for the CUSEF Young Leaders Scholarship to accelerate progress on the SDGs.

About One Young World

One Young World is the global community for young leaders. Its mission is to create a fair, sustainable future for all, by developing young leaders who are taking action to solve the world’s big challenges. It builds young leaders’ expertise, elevates their profiles and inspires them to increase their impact.

One Young World offers an unrivalled platform to affect change at a global level. With a network of more than 13,700 Ambassadors, innovative initiatives led by the One Young World community have directly impacted 41.56 million people globally since 2010. For every $1 invested, One Young World Ambassadors deliver $16 of social value.

In 2022, Ambassador projects supported 1,631,044 people access clean water and hygiene resources, mitigated of 28,000 tC02 through clean energy and secured $1.17m in investment to create sustainable industries.

Its annual Summit brings together the brightest young leaders from every country and sector who are working to accelerate social impact across the globe. Delegates from 190+ countries are counselled by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders such as President Mary Robinson, Dr Jane Goodall, and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, amongst many other global figures.

To date, Summits have taken place in London (2010), Zurich (2011), Pittsburgh (2012), Johannesburg (2013), Dublin (2014), Bangkok (2015), Ottawa (2016), Bogota (2017), The Hague (2018), London (2019), Munich (2021), Manchester (2022) and Belfast (2023). The next Summit will take place in Montréal in September, 2024.