The Richard Rockefeller Fellowship

  • Guangzhou, China, 2012: RBF chair Dr. Richard Rockefeller (center) meeting with Dr. Wang Zhenyao, president of China Global Philanthropy Institute, and Ms. Alice Lau, chair of the Guangdong Harmony Community Foundation.

The Richard Rockefeller Fellowship (RRF) commemorates the life of Dr. Richard Rockefeller by fostering emerging Chinese leadership in the development of strategic philanthropy in China.

About the Fellowship

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) believes that with innovative government policy, a vibrant marketplace, and growing public participation, China has the potential to lead the world in sustainable approaches to development. The Richard Rockefeller Fellowship advances RBF grantmaking efforts by promoting and nurturing effective leadership in China’s sustainable development and/or philanthropy fields. The fellowship supports two Chinese citizens, between the ages of 25 and 35, so they may study and work in New York for up to six months.

Dr. Rockefeller was greatly inspired by the growth of Chinese philanthropy and the relationships he formed with some of the country’s philanthropic families. Before his tragic death in 2014, he became a passionate advocate for strategic philanthropy as a bridge to strengthen U.S.-China partnerships and a platform to meet the global challenges of our time.

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund works in partnership with the China Global Philanthropy Institute, Sun Yat-sen University’s School of Philanthropy, and the Institute of International Education to establish and implement this fellowship. The Fellowship is supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund together with the generosity of the Lao Niu Brother & Sister Foundation, and members of the Rockefeller family.

The Richard Rockefeller Fellowship is open to individuals by nomination only. Every nominator can recommend up to two individuals to apply for the fellowship.

2016-2017 Richard Rockefeller Fellows