Scholarships in China | A Complete Guide and Step by Step Application Procedure
In this article, I am going to present the three most popular scholarships in China. Although it requires a lot of thought beforehand, but I think its an opportunity that worth a lot.
In most cases Chinese Scholarships will cover not only tuition and accommodation fees during your study period, but you will also benefit from a monthly amount for your personal expenses.
Here you will find some clues that will help you decide which scholarship is best for you, as well as the steps and documents necessary to apply for them. Good luck and Cheer up!
What type of Scholarships are available to study in China?
There are three most popular scholarships to study in Chinese universities:
- Chinese Government Scholarships
- Scholarships from the Provincial Governments of China
- Confucius Institute Scholarships (governmental entity for the teaching of the Chinese language to foreigners)
These scholarships in China are universal. Citizens of almost all countries can apply for these scholarships, depending on educational agreements between countries. These scholarships do not have many application requirements. Because of the expensive university education in the eastern country, these economic endowments are quite generous.
Of course there are many other scholarships, such as inter-university scholarships, those granted by private organizations, scholarships awarded by Chinese universities, or others that may be granted by educational institutions in your country. However, in this article I will focus only on the most popular and universal scholarships in china.
What type of Chinese Scholarships do I Choose?
This question is tricky. The first thing you have to ask yourself is what are you going to study? You basically have two options: study Chinese language (with which you obtain a university diploma of advanced studies), or do a degree (Bachelor’s Degree, Master of Science or Ph.D). Then, you have to think about which city you want to study, since that will also influence the choice of your scholarship.
To give you an idea, the entities that grant the scholarships have agreements with many universities nationwide (in China everything belongs or is connected in some way to the government). After all, both the sections of the governments which provide scholarships, such as the Confucius Institute and the various universities, are part of the government body.
Several scholarships quotas are derived from these agreements that each financier grants to each university by the type of course. Students from all countries are eligible to apply for Chinese government scholarship, which translates into a very high competition.
That is why it is very important that, once you are clear about what are you going to study and in what city or university you would like to study, you have to investigate the following points university by university:
- If they offer scholarships to study what you want (master’s degree, Chinese course, etc.)
- How many scholarships each entity grants to the type of course you choose?
The research can be done online, but not all universities have published this information on their web pages (especially in the English version), so I recommend you ask them directly by email. And it is absolutely essential that you do this sweep if you want to have some scholarships to finance your study in China.
Now I will give you a series of clues about scholarships in China which, I hope, will guide you a bit more and help you to find that Which type of Chinese Scholarship is best for you, for example, Chinese Government Scholarship or Confucius Institute Scholarship.
Scholarships to Learn Chinese Language in China
Many foreigners venture to take a Chinese course at a Chinese university. It is a great idea if you already study the language in your country . You will see how your level progresses exponentially, unlike the minimal advances that are occasionally seen in your city.
If you have never studied Chinese before, it is perfect to try and see if you like it and have aptitudes. I have friends who spent one year studying Chinese in China, know more than I learned in five years studying in UK. But that evidently depends on you.
The three scholarships mentioned in the previous section accept Chinese language course students, the Confucius Institute scholarship being the most oriented for this purpose (it also offers grants for doctoral students and researchers, but they are not very popular). However, this scholarship requires that you have studied Chinese before and in priority in one of the countless subsidiaries that have throughout the world.
To apply for scholarships of the national and provincial governments to do a Chinese course, it is not necessary to have studied the language previously. However these scholarships are much more requested, so they are also somewhat more difficult to obtain.
Between these two scholarships, the Chinese government scholarships award more grants for Chinese language courses at a larger number of universities. Not all provincial governments, however, grant scholarships to study Chinese. You will have to investigate university by university.
In summary, if you have already studied Chinese, I strongly recommend that you apply for the Confucius Institute scholarship to study Chinese in China. If you meet all the requirements (I explain them in detail in the corresponding section), it is very likely that they will award scholarship to you for the university you choose.
If you have never studied Chinese or have not been a student of the Confucius Institute, you must request either the Chinese government or the provincial government that corresponds to the city in which you want to study. Between the two, my advice is that you request the first, since the offer is wider and therefore you will have more chances of obtaining scholarship at the place of your choice.
Scholarships for Undergraduate or Postgraduate Studies in China
Many people decide to go to China to study undergraduate, master or doctorate, whether in Chinese or English. In this case, as in the previous one, you must first investigate which universities offer your required course that you want to do and, secondly, review if such universities offer scholarships to students granted by the government (national or provincial). Click here to start your search .
Once this is clear, contact the university to find out how many students admit both to the Chinese government scholarship and to the provincial government scholarship (this specific information is difficult to find on the internet).
At this point it is worth making a differentiation: there are two ways to apply for the Chinese government scholarship(national). One is through authorized agencies (basically the Chinese embassy in your country or some international organizations in your area of membership, such as the European Union, etc.), and the other is directly at the destination university.
Both routes have the power to grant the scholarship of the Chinese government, and both have a different scholarship quota. Also, if you apply, for example, through the Chinese embassy in your country, you will only compete with other students of your same nationality.
But if, on the contrary, you decide to apply for this scholarship directly at the destination university, you will compete with students from all over the world as they accept applications from all five continents. Because of this and because the scholarship quota awarded directly by the university is lower, it is more complicated to obtain the Chinese government scholarship if you choose this route (if you are already in China, for example).
On the other hand are the scholarships of the provincial governments. The way of application for this scholarship is exclusively delivering the documentation at the destination university. This means that it is necessary to be in China to request them (you can also ask someone to do it for you or send the documentation by mail, but this last option I do not recommend).
Obviously, this requirement greatly reduces competition, as there are not many candidates who are already in China before beginning their studies. However, unless you want to study Chinese language, provincial government scholarships require that you already hold an official Chinese or HSK diploma (normally 4 for a degree and 5 for a master’s or doctorate, depending on each university).
This last requirement is very favorable for those who already have the necessary Chinese qualification. There are not so many people who have such a level of Chinese, and even fewer who are already in China during the application period.
In short, play the card that most likely gives you scholarship, depending on your situation and your background. In general terms, if you are in your country of origin and do not speak Chinese, I recommend that you apply for the Chinese government scholarship from the embassy of your country.
This scholarship also includes financing for a Chinese language course of up to two years that allows you to follow the undergraduate or postgraduate courses in Chinese. You can also select a program taught in English, but the applicants will multiply exponentially for this opportunity.
If you are already in China and have HSK4 and up, applying for the provincial government grant then you clearly have greater chances for obtaining this funding. Remember to check if the university accepts scholarship students for the course you want to study.
A couple of considerations to finish:
- If you are applying in prestigious university with higher ranking, then remember, it will also be the first option of a greater number of people, so you will compete with many more candidates.
- In the case of the two government scholarships, you should evaluate if you want to apply for full or partial financing (more information in the corresponding sections). It is much easier to get partial scholarship.
If you are not clear anyway, my recommendation is that you apply for as many scholarships as possible (as long as you meet the minimum requirements). Although you cannot be a beneficiary of two scholarships during the same year (I speak of the government, including the Confucius Institute), yes you can apply to as many as you want, thus increasing your chances of being granted with scholarship.
Popular Scholarships in China
Now I will present a complete guide about the popular scholarships in China. Step by step procedure to apply for these scholarships is also presented.
Chinese Government Scholarship 2020 (CSC Scholarship)
Chinese government scholarship finance undergraduate, postgraduate, and Chinese language study programs, as well as research stays throughout the country.
The main feature of these scholarships is that they must be applied primarily (though not exclusively) through authorized agencies. Authorized agencies are those entities that, through agreements maintained with the Chinese government, have the competence to grant scholarships to study at Chinese universities.
Although there are several, the main ones are the Chinese Embassies in each country. However, not all Chinese embassies in the world have this power. You should check the case of your nearest Chinese embassy or consulate.
Other types of authorized agencies are those assigned to specific study programs. For example, the European Union or UNESCO also accepts scholarship applications from the Chinese government to study undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
The alternative application route is the hand delivery of the required documentation at the destination university. Although possible, it is not very advisable to choose this route since the scholarship quota granted by the university itself is much lower (compared to the authorized agency). Even some universities may not accept applications directly. Review your case by visiting the website of the university you have chosen or by contacting the university directly via email.
Classification of Chinese Government Scholarship
Regarding the type of funding, the Chinese government scholarships are divided into:
- Total or type A Scholarship: Includes registration fees, accommodation (in a university residence in a shared room with another person), basic medical insurance and a monthly allowance for personal expenses (between 2,500 and 3,500 Yuan per month, approximately 350 and 500 USD respectively).
- Partial or type B Scholarship: It usually covers the same as the total, except for the monthly allowance for personal expenses.
- Type C Scholarship: Another type of partial scholarship that indifferently includes some of the benefits of the total scholarship.
Precisely because the total scholarship is more attractive for a greater number of people, it will also be more complicated to obtain, due to the high demand. If you have the option to self-finance, even for living expenses , it is preferable that you apply for the partial scholarship, it will be easier to obtain.
Minimum Requirements for Chinese Government Scholarship Applicants
- Not being a Chinese citizen
- Not be in possession of another scholarship issued by the Chinese government or any of its delegations.
- Age :
- Undergraduate students must not be more than 25 years old,
- For master’s degree age limit is 35 years
- For Ph.D. degree, age limit is 40 years
- Minimum qualification:
- Higher Secondary School Certificate or equivalent for undergraduate students,
- Bachelor Degree for the masters degree
- Masters degree for the doctoral degree.
Documents Required for Chinese Government Scholarship
- Completed application form: You will find it after registering on the official page of the Chinese government scholarships.
- Notary attested highest degree and transcript.
- Official medical form or Foreigner Physical Examination Form. You must attach a copy of this form filled out by a doctor. Make sure the form is signed by the doctor and that it has an official seal of the hospital or medical center where you do it. At least one stamp must be stamped on top of the previously attached card photograph. Forms older than 6 months from the date of application are not accepted.
- CV written in English or Chinese: You can attach a document that contains information about your specialty and your academic interests, or fill it out directly in the corresponding section of the application form (the space is quite short, I recommend that you attach this information in an attached document).
- Two letters of recommendation written in English or in Chinese from your last university professors.
- TOEFL or IELTS Diploma if you are going to study in English and you are not native of an English-speaking country: The minimum scores of both diplomas are specified by each university for each type of course. If you don’t have IELTS certificate, you can also provide a simple certificate stating that your last degree was taught in English language. It is called English proficiency certificate.
- Study Plan / Research Proposal.
- Passport Copy.
- Although it is NOT an essential requirement to apply for this scholarship, if you have an HSK diploma (level of Chinese) you must attach it. The Chinese government plans to finance up to two years of Chinese-language university studies so that you reach the level of Chinese required by the program you have chosen. However, if you already have a degree, your training will be a lower economic expense, so increases your chances of obtaining the scholarship. This logic does not apply to courses which are taught in English, since enrollment rates in these courses are twice as large as those taught in Chinese.
- Another important but not essential requirement is acceptance letter issued by professors of a Chinese university where you want to take admission. Some universities prefer applicants having acceptance letter and some universities have no requirement of acceptance letter but if you have acceptance letter it is good symbol for you. If you are applying for university having limited quota of seats then also try for acceptance letter, you will be preferred. If you are applying for high ranked university/universities then you must try for acceptance letter, you will be preferred. Start Emailing in October to Professors for Acceptance Letter. Search professors profile related to your field of your desired university and send them emails and please don’t copy email from others make it your own.
Tips: How to find faculty of your desired university? Just go to google.com and write the University name for example Zhejiang University Faculty of Biochemistry or Life Sciences. You will see the faculty list. Email to the Professor, if he or she is not replying, don’t start shelling emails because they might be busy or they don’t need any new student.
- Another important but not essential requirement is pre-admission letter from the destination university. This letter is issued by the university that you are wanted as a student. However, it is not easy to achieve, unless you have studied at that university and they know you by your merits. The advantage of having it is that it increases the chances of being awarded the scholarship for that university. If you do not have one, you may be sent to another university of your priority (during the application process, you have the possibility to select three universities in order of preference) or, in the worst case, to any one they choose.
- Other documents: If you have research publications or any other distinction, you must attach them.
- If any particular Chinese University requires an application screening or an application process fee then submit it. Print its receipt and attach it to the two sets of your documents listed above
- It is advised to choose a reliable courier service to send your CSC scholarship application documents directly to the address of that Chinese University so that they reach in time.
Steps to Apply for Chinese Government Scholarship
How to apply for Chinese Government Scholarship? to study in China may be taboo for someone, but it is actually easier than it seems. I will teach you step by step procedure, the easiest way to apply for Chinese Government Scholarship.
- Application Period: The application period for Chinese Government Scholarship is generally from January to April of each year. Some authorized agencies or universities have different deadlines. You should check the deadline of universities of your choice.
- The application for Chinese Government Scholarship must first be completed online (in English or Chinese). Make separate CSC portal accounts if you wish to apply to more than one University
- At the beginning of the online application form, you will be asked to choose the type of scholarship according to its funding (A, B or C) and the number of authorized agency or university (a code that you will find on the internet or that will be provided by the university, you have selected).
- Once you have completed all the information in the online application for Chinese Government Scholarship, you must attach the required documents in PDF format.
- After submission of your online Chinese Government Scholarship application, download this application.
- Check if the Chinese University of your choice requires an online application for admission along with Chinese Government Scholarship application or not.
- If that university requires an online application then submit this application first on that university’s website and attach your Chinese Government Scholarship application.
- Submit your application and make 2 sets of documents and dispatch it to the University address.
- The results will be made public on the same page of the application as of mid-July. From that moment, the entities begin to distribute by post the necessary documentation to process the study visa in the country of origin of the candidates.
Scholarships from the Provincial Governments of China
These type of scholarships are granted by the provincial governments, including the governments of the four Chinese cities called “municipalities under central jurisdiction” (Beijing, Tianjin, Chongqing and Shanghai), since they function as provinces in themselves.
These scholarships are applicable to undergraduate, masters and doctoral studies, as well as to take Chinese language courses. However, not all universities have scholarships from their provincial government for all types of courses. You should review your case carefully.
The scholarships by Chinese Provincial Governments are divided into three types:
- Type A : Postgraduate studies (Master or Doctorate)
- Type B : Bachelor’s Degree
- Type C : Long-term advanced studies (for example: Chinese language courses)
The main feature of these scholarships is that the application is made directly and exclusively at the university of destination.
To do this, you must first verify if the university you have chosen admits students who have received scholarships from the provincial government for the course of your choice.
These scholarships are usually to study bachelor, masters or doctorate degree and not to study Chinese language. Although possible, the scholarship quota allocated to this last program is much smaller. For example, the government of Shanghai does not offer scholarships to study Chinese language in any of the universities under its jurisdiction.
But keep in mind that if you intend to pursue a degree or a postgraduate with this scholarship, it is essential that you have a valid HSK diploma or Chinese level (from 4 onwards, check the requirements on the website of your university).
Special Characteristics of Chinese Provincial Governments Scholarships
- Scholarship Benefits: It depends on the provincial governments which offer these scholarships. The costs of living and the enrollment rates differ quite a lot from province to province and level of education. However, in most cases, registration fees, accommodation in a university residence (sharing a room and bathroom with another person) and health insurance will be covered. If you are awarded a scholarship with full coverage, you will also receive a handsome amount of money per month for personal expenses.
- Number of scholarships awarded: Each university has a quota of grants by type of course (master’s degree, language course, etc.). If, for example, the university in which you want to take your master’s degree offers only 4 type A (postgraduate) scholarships, it will be difficult to get it, because the number of scholarships are too low. Get well informed beforehand and value your possibilities.
- Duration of the scholarships: The funding periods also vary depending on the universities and the type of course. However, in general, bachelor and doctoral studies have a maximum duration of 3 or 4 years, those of a master’s degree from 2 to 3 years and those of a language course between 1 and 2 years. Each year you will have to apply for the renewal of the scholarship, which will be granted if you prove that you are an excellent student.
NOTE : The government of Shanghai characterizes its scholarships in a special way, differentiating only two types, A and B. Type A would be those of total coverage (cover the costs of registration, housing, medical insurance and provide a monthly amount for expenses personal) and type B partial coverage (only covers tuition and health insurance). Remember that the government of Shanghai does not offer scholarships for Chinese language courses.
Minimum Requirements for Chinese Provincial Governments Scholarships
- Not have Chinese nationality.
- Not be in possession of other aid from the Chinese government.
- Candidate limit age: Differ between universities, but most age limits are between:
- 25-30 years for undergraduate studies
- 30-35 years for master studies or Chinese language course
- 40 years for doctoral studies
Consult the University of your Choice for information regarding the minimum qualification.
Documents Required for the Scholarships from the Provincial Governments of China
- Application form duly completed: You will find it on the website of university in the scholarships section (the one of the government that corresponds to the province of your university of choice). If, for example, you are thinking of studying at a university in the city of Kunming, you will have to download the application form for the Yunnan government scholarship (province) on the website of the university in question.
- HSK diploma (Chinese Language level) if you are going to study in Chinese: It is generally required to have HSK4 for undergraduate and HSK5 for master’s or doctorate studies. Check the requirements on the university website of your choice. They do not usually ask for the HSKK (oral level of Chinese). Unlike scholarships from the central government of China, most scholarships from provincial governments do not consider financing the Chinese language course.
- TOEFL or IELTS Diploma if you are going to study in English and you are not native of an English-speaking country: The minimum scores of both diplomas are specified by each university for each type of study.
- Official medical form or Foreigner Physical Examination Form: For students who want to study in China lasting more than six months, they must submit a medical report that certifies good physical and mental health. This form must be completed and signed by an accredited doctor (may be from your country), and carry an official stamp of the hospital where you perform the checkup. Make sure that this stamp is stamped on the photo that you must attach.
- Highest Degree and transcript (academic record). If these documents are not written in English or Chinese, you must submit a sworn translation to either of the two languages.
- Study Plan / Research Proposal written in English or Chinese: The required length of these documents will be specified by each university (between 400 and 800 words).
- Most universities request, in the case of masters or doctoral students, two letters of recommendation written in English or in Chinese by a professor or associate professor (from your university or from the University of Destination).
- Other documents: Sometimes they can request other complementary documents, such as sample of your previous work in case you want to study in the area of art and music.
NOTE : All these documents must be presented perfectly certified or notarized.
Steps to Apply for the Scholarships from the Provincial Governments of China
- Date of application: between February and April of each year (in some cases until May).
- Application procedure :
In the first place, the application must be completed through the online platform of the university.
Once the online application is completed and all the required documents are attached in PDF format, you must submit all these documents (including a copy of the completed application form) directly to the chosen university within the deadline. It is preferable to deliver all the documentation in hand. If you are not in China at that time, try to have a friend or acquaintance do this process for you. If you do not know anyone, you can send the documentation by a reliable courier.
- Result date and sending of documents to process the visa: Before July 31 of each year. The results are made public on the same website where you made the online application.
Confucius Institute Scholarship (CIS)
The Confucius Institute scholarship are very popular among students from all over the world. It is a government entity whose purpose is to promote knowledge of the Chinese language and culture throughout the globe. It annually offers numerous study grants in a total of 150 universities.
Although it also offer scholarships for specific doctoral studies, research stays, participation in international conferences, etc., in this section, I will exclusively focus on the scholarships offered for Chinese language and culture courses, since they are the most demanded. If you are interested in scholarships offered for postgraduates and researchers you can take a look here (in Chinese and English).
Categories and Duration of the Confucius Institute Scholarship
- Scholarships for the study of the Chinese language and culture. There are three types:
- Scholarships for an academic year: They are a total of 11 months that can start in September (until July of the following year) or in March (until January of the following year).
- Scholarships for an academic semester: The actual duration of the scholarship is 5 months. It can be the semester that goes from September to January (winter) or the one that goes from March to July (summer).
- Scholarships to study four weeks: One-month courses are taught during the winter holidays in China (December-January) or during the summer holidays (July-August).
- Scholarships for future teachers of Chinese. There are three modalities:
- Scholarship to study the Master in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (MTCSOL): It lasts 2 academic years.
- Scholarship of one academic year of Chinese language and culture + 2 years of MTCSOL: In total there are 3 academic courses.
- Scholarship to study the bachelor in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (BTCSOL): It has a duration of 4 academic courses.
The three scholarships to train Chinese language teachers usually start in September or March.
The application for these scholarships must be made online. During the process, the system will offer you the possibility of choosing in order of priority two universities from the 150 universities that offer this scholarship throughout the country. Take a look at the universities which offer Confucius Institute Scholarship (register first to access all the information, which is in Chinese and English) and find the course of your choice (not all universities offer all the modalities mentioned above).
Confucius Institute Scholarship Coverage
Confucius Institute scholarships include tuition and lodging fees (in a university residence, in a room shared with another person), basic medical insurance and a monthly allowance for personal expenses, divided as follows:
- 2,500 Yuan per month for BTCSOL students or Chinese language and culture course (about 350 USD / month).
- 3,000 Yuan per month for MTCSOL students (equivalent to about 420 USD / month).
Recently, the possibility of scholarship holders living outside campus (rejecting accommodation in the university residence) has been considered. In these cases, the Confucius Institute offers 700 Yuan per month (in addition to the monthly allowance) to support rental expenses.
In the case of scholarships of more than one year, the Confucius Institute annually reviews the qualifications obtained by the beneficiaries, demanding outstanding results to renew the total funding for the following year.
If the results of the student are not above the average, the Confucius Institute does not renew the scholarship or, in some cases, offer partial funding (which covers all expenses except the monthly allowance for personal expenses).
Depending on your country of origin, the Confucius Institute will also cover the expenses of the international flight of arrival and departure to / from China.
Minimum Requirements and Necessary Documents for Confucius Institute Scholarship
- Not have a Chinese nationality and enjoy good health. If you are going to study for a period longer than six months, you need to prove that you are in good physical and mental condition to process your residence permit in China. For this, you will have to deliver, once at your destination university (it is not a required document during the application period), a duly completed copy of the official Chinese medical form or Foreigner Physical Examination Form.
- Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 35 (it is extended up to 45 years for people who demonstrate that they are working as Chinese teachers at the time of applying for the scholarship). Applicants for undergraduate scholarships cannot exceed 20 years of age.
- It is essential to have a degree of Chinese language level (written and oral HSK and, in some cases, BCT and oral BCT are also accepted). This requirement is according to the type of scholarship. For example, for the scholarship to study an academic course of Chinese language and culture you need to have a minimum of 180 points in the written HSK3 and a minimum of 60 points in the oral HSK. To check the complete language requirements, click here.
- Minimum qualification: Regarding the MTCSOL scholarship, it is necessary to deliver the diploma and the academic record of undergraduate studies. In the case of the BTCSOL scholarship or the Chinese language courses, you must prove that you have completed your high school studies. If you do not have this documentation in English or Chinese, you will have to submit a sworn translation to either of the two languages.
- A letter of recommendation in the case of scholarship applicants who want to study a Chinese course or to study BTCSOL, and two in the case of MTCSOL scholarship applicants. The letters must be signed by the in charge person of the Confucius Institute through which you apply for the scholarship.
- In the case of the MTCSOL scholarship, those applicants who demonstrate that they have a job as Chinese Language professors after completing the master’s degree studies in China will be preferred.
- In the case of one-semester or four-week scholarships, you do not have studied in China before.
NOTE : During the online application process, you will be required to write a short motivation letter that details your reasons and expectations before the scholarship (about 300 words).
Procedure to Apply for Confucius Institute Scholarship
- Application deadline: Until the beginning of May (usually day 1) if you want to apply for a scholarship to start in September, and until the beginning of November if you want to start in March.
- Delivery of applications: If you are a student of the Confucius Institute (ideal to apply for this scholarship), contact the in charge person of the scholarships. The application must be made online in the official page of the Confucius Institute scholarships (you need to have all the documents scanned, including your passport and a passport size photo).
Then you must submit all the required paper documents (preferably certified copies, since they will not be returned). The in charge person of the scholarships of your Confucius Institute will be responsible for sending them by post to the headquarters of Hanban (central offices of the Confucius Institute in China). If you are not a student of the Confucius Institute, you can apply online and submit the documents to the nearest Confucius Institute, to a Chinese embassy or consulate in your country, or to some exam centers or educational institutions in your country that are linked with Hanban.
- Result date : The final result of the scholarship students can be found on the official page of the Confucius Institute scholarships at the beginning of July (if you are going to start in September) or at the beginning of January (if you start in March).
- Sending documents to process the visa: The necessary documents to process the visa are sent by postal mail within 15 days after the publication of the result. At this point of the procedure I recommend patience, since you may have to wait more than a month to receive the letter.
Other Scholarships in China
Scholarships for high school students in China
Although they are much less popular than the aforementioned scholarships, there is also the possibility of obtaining a scholarship to study a year of study in a Chinese high school.
As far as we know, no general scholarships are available and therefore the only opportunity will be through bilateral agreements between China and your country.
Postdoctoral Scholarships in China
One of the specific characteristics of the Chinese research system is that there is a postdoctoral degree, this means that if you get a final postdoctoral scholarship you must write a “postdoctoral” thesis and defend it in front of a board of faculty.
Postdoctoral grants are usually managed directly by universities or research centers, so the requirements, procedures and conditions can vary greatly. Below I detail these points in a general way.
Characteristics of Postdoctoral Scholarships in China
- Amount of the scholarships: It will depend on the province and the university in which they are offered. In most cases, apart from the base salary, you will receive financial assistance for house rent, the option to opt an apartment at the university at a very reduced price (with private bathroom and kitchen), basic medical insurance (usually covers 75% of all medical expenses in public hospitals), deposit for the purchase of a house (obtained upon graduation). The monthly salary is around 4,000 Yuan (including housing assistance).
- Number of scholarships awarded: Each university has a certain number of postdoctoral scholarships especially in areas related to science and technology.
- Duration of the scholarships: The postdoctoral scholarships usually have a duration of two years that can be extended a half or a year more.
Note: Having a postdoctoral fellowship is not incompatible with other national and international scholarships, in fact many universities have programs to retain talent that supplement the postdoctoral base salary.
Minimum Requirements of Postdoctoral Scholarships in China
Although the only requirement is usually to have a doctorate degree, each university has its own specific requirements.
Documents Required for Postdoctoral Scholarships in China
- Application form duly completed: The University must provide you documents.
- Letter of acceptance from the principal investigator.
- Official medical form or Foreigner Physical Examination Form : This form must be completed and signed by an accredited doctor (may be from your country), and carry an official stamp of the hospital where you perform the checkup. Make sure that this stamp is stamped on the photo that you must attach.
- Doctorate degree. If this document is not written in English or Chinese, you may need to submit a sworn translation to either of the two languages.
- Research project written in English or in Chinese.
- Two letters of recommendation written in English or in Chinese by a tenured or associate professor.
- Curriculum Vitae: Publications and participation in conferences must be well specified.
Steps to Apply for Postdoctoral Scholarships in China
- Place of application: The documentation must be sent directly to the university or research center.
- Date of application: Many universities usually allow you to apply at any time of the year.
- Application procedure: Varies a lot depending on the university.
Note: It is possible that to apply for postdoctoral programs, much of the information is not very well specified (usually only in Chinese) and that you are even asked to submit documents written partially in Chinese, so it is important to ask for help from the destination research group.
I hope that this article will help you to know which are the most popular scholarships to study in China and to guide you when choosing which scholarship is the best for you. It may seem very complicated, but there are thousands of students from all over the world who benefit from these grants every year.
If you meet the requirements and are thinking that you would like to study in the Asian giant, I encourage you to start the application process. Good Luck!