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Full Guides to Apply for Chinese Government Scholarship

Katherine Ke 2020-06-13

According to the agreement or plan reached between the Chinese government and foreign governments or international organizations, the Chinese government scholarships are provided by the Ministry of Education, and the Chinese Scholarships Council (CSC) is entrusted with specific responsibility for enrollment of foreigners students who enjoy Chinese government scholarships to study in China and management of daily affairs.

Part 1. Standards of Chinese government scholarships

1. Division of Chinese government scholarship

Chinese government scholarships are divided into full scholarships and partial scholarships. By student category, Chinese government scholarships are divided into undergraduate scholarships, master’s graduate scholarships, doctoral graduate scholarships, Chinese scholarships, ordinary scholarships, and advanced scholarships, and by project, they are divided into Great Wall scholarships, outstanding scholarships, and HSK winners, short-term training programs for foreign language teachers, and Chinese culture research projects.

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2. Full scholarships of the Chinese government

(1) Waiver of registration fee, tuition fee, experiment fee, internship fee, basic teaching materials fee and accommodation fee.

(2) Provide public medical services equivalent to Chinese students.

(3) Provide scholarship living expenses and one-off resettlement subsidies.

(4) Provide train seat tickets from the port city of entry to the city where the college is located, from the city where the Chinese language tuition college is located to the city where the professional college is located, and from the city where the school is located to the port city at the time of graduation.

In principle, the international travel expenses of scholarship students shall be borne by the sending party. If there is another agreement, it shall be handled in accordance with the provisions of the agreement.

3. Scholarship students living expenses and one-off resettlement subsidies

(1) Living expenses for undergraduate students: ¥ 800 per person per month.

(2) Living expenses for master's degree students: ¥ 1100 per person per month.

(3) Doctoral fellowship students living expenses: ¥ 1,400 per person per month.

(4) Living expenses for Chinese language scholarship students: ¥ 800 per person per month (¥ 1,100 per person per month with a college degree or above).

(5) Living expenses for ordinary scholars: ¥ 1100 per person per month.

(6) Living expenses for advanced scholarship: ¥ 1,400 per person per month.

The above scholarship students who have completed the study period for one academic year will receive a one-time resettlement subsidy of ¥ 600 when enrolled; students who have less than one academic year will receive a one-time resettlement subsidy of ¥300.

Great Wall Scholarship: Same treatment as full scholarship or senior scholarship.

Merit Scholarship: The same treatment as a full master's or doctoral scholarship.

HSK Winner Scholarship: Same treatment as the full scholarship for Chinese language students.

Chinese culture research projects: registration fee, research fee, accommodation fee, and emergency medical fee are exempted, and a monthly research subsidy of ¥ 3,000, a one-time library materials fee of ¥ 750, and an academic travel subsidy of ¥ 1,000 are provided.

Short-term training programs for foreign language teachers: registration fee, tuition fee, accommodation fee and emergency medical fee are exempted, and one-off living subsidy fee of ¥2,000 is provided; travelers participating in collective teaching are exempt from paying accommodation and transportation fees, and an additional  ¥ 650 Meal subsidy. The Chinese government will adjust the scholarship standards from time to time. For details, please refer to the “Guidelines for Admission of Chinese Government Scholarships for International Students” printed by CSC.

Some local governments and schools also have scholarships for foreign students. For details, please contact the relevant local government and university directly.

Part 2. How to apply for Chinese government scholarship

Chinese government have provided varied scholarship for international students to study in China, so what’s the condition to apply for these government scholarships? Here is the brief list of different conditions.

Undergraduate scholarships

For undergraduates applying for a bachelor’s degree from a Chinese university, the duration is generally 4 academic years (5 academic years for medical majors, etc.). Applicants should have a degree equivalent to a Chinese high school graduation, excellent academic performance, and have passed the Chinese University Entrance Examination or have been recommended to be exempted from admission by a Chinese university and are under 25 years of age.

Postgraduate scholarship

For applicants applying for a master’s degree at a Chinese university, the term is 2-3 academic years. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree and excellent academic performance. Applicants outside China should be recommended by two professors or associate professors. Applicants in China should have been accepted by Chinese universities and be under 35 years old.

Ph.D. Scholarship

For applicants applying for Ph.D. in Chinese universities, the term is 3 academic years. Applicants should have a master's degree and excellent academic performance. Applicants outside China should be recommended by two professors or associate professors. Applicants in China should have been accepted by Chinese universities and be under 40 years old.

Scholarships for Chinese language students

For non-Chinese majors or those who have no basic knowledge of Chinese and apply to study Chinese exclusively in China. The duration is 1-2 school years. Applicants should have a degree equivalent to a Chinese high school graduation or above, and be under 35 years old.

Scholarships for ordinary advanced students

Provided to those who apply for further studies in China in their original majors. The period is 1-2 academic years. Applicants should be students in the second year or above of the university or have a degree equivalent to a university degree and be under 45 years old.

Scholarships for advanced scholars

Offered to those who apply to China to study and improve on a topic under the guidance of a Chinese tutor. The term is 1-2 academic years. Applicants should have a degree equivalent to a Chinese master's degree or above, and be recommended by two professors or associate professors, aged under 50.

Applicants for the above-mentioned Chinese government scholarships should, in principle, have a corresponding level of Chinese (except for Chinese language trainees and those who apply for foreign languages as the language of instruction); those who do not meet the learning requirements can arrange Chinese tuition for a maximum of 2 school years Among them, the scholarship period for undergraduates, masters, and doctoral students who need Chinese language tuition will be extended accordingly. The Chinese language tuition time for advanced students will be counted into the prescribed scholarship period.

Great Wall Scholarship

Provided to UNESCO. The enrollment categories are ordinary scholars and advanced scholars. The target, duration and application requirements are the same as those of ordinary scholarships and advanced scholarships.

Scholarships for outstanding students

Provided to those who have completed their original study plan in China and obtained a master's or doctoral degree in that year. The deadline and application requirements are the same as those required for the master's and doctoral scholarships.

HSK Winner Scholarship

Provided to the winners of the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) outside of China. The major for studying in China is Chinese. The duration is not more than one academic year, and the age is under 40.

Short-term training program for foreign Chinese teachers

To fund short-term training for foreign full-time Chinese teachers engaged in Chinese language teaching in China. Classroom teaching time is 4 weeks. Another 2 weeks of free teaching travel can be arranged for voluntary participation. Engaged in Chinese teaching for more than 3 years, under the age of 50.

Chinese Culture Research Project

Funding foreign scholars engaged in Chinese cultural studies to come to China for a short period of time, under the guidance of Chinese mentors or in cooperation with Chinese scholars, to conduct research for a period not exceeding 5 months. Applicants should have a doctorate degree or a position equivalent to an associate professor or above, have published or published monographs or dissertations on Chinese language, culture, history, etc., and are generally under 55 years old.

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