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It can seem impossible to find all the right information on the scholarships available, especially if you speak no Chinese and are not in China to ask directly.

The following information on particular scholarships, general contact information, fees and living costs, and application information information will help you through the application maze:


National Level

Administered by the China Scholarship Council. Scholarships include the following:

Distinguished International Student Scholarship

University postgraduate programme 

China Study Plan - PhD scholarships for PhD students in the humanities and Social Sciences


Regional/Nationality-specific scholarships:

Study in Asia scholarship scheme (students from Asia)

China/AUN scholarship (students from ASEAN):

China-Shanghai Cooperation Organization Scholarship Scheme

China-Pacific Islands Scholarship Scheme

Chinese Government Scholarship Program for EU


Scholarships for Study in English/ University Groupings:

Chinese Government Special Scholarship Scheme-University Postgraduate Program (for study at universities targeted for international standing):

The Great Wall (UNESCO) Fellowship Scheme (for study in English):


Provincial Government Scholarships:

Around a dozen provincial governments have scholarships for foreign students studying at universities in that province. These include:

Beijing; Shanghai; Zhejiang; Shandong; Sichuan; Tianjin.  

Sinograduate is working to collect more of this information at present, and welcome submissions of information to help our users.


University-specific Scholarships:

Many universities have their own scholarship programmes. Once you have chosen a school to apply to, enquire directly to that school as to what scholarships  are available when you apply. 

General Scholarship Information:

1) Duration and coverage:

Category Duration of Major Advanced Language
Training (years)
Duration of Scholarship Allowance (RMB/m)
Undergraduate 4 to 5 1 to 2 5 to 7 1,400
Masters 2 to 3 1 to 2 3 to 5 1,700
Doctoral 3 1 to 2 4 to 5 2,000
Chinese language 1 to 2 none up to 2 1,400
General Scholars 1 to 2 1 up to 2 1,700
Senior Scholars 1 to 2 1 up to 2 2,000

In addition, a full scholarship generally includes the following:

Exemption from registration fee, tuition fee, fee for laboratory experiment, fee for internship and fee for basic learning materials and accommodation; Living allowance (see above table) and a one-off settlement subsidy; Fee for outpatient medical service, Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Benefit Plan for International Students in China.


2) Costs of living and fees:

2008 Fee level
('000 RMB/year)
Humanities Science Physical Education & Art
Undergraduate 14-26 15.4-33.8 21-52
Masters 18-30 19.8-39 27-60
PhD 22-34 24.2-44.2 33-68
Short-term 3-4.8 3.3-6.2 4.5-9.6

* MBAs and courses taught in English may be more expensive.

Costs of living vary between provinces and cities. Typically a shared dormitory room with corridor bathroom and kitchen facilities costs 15-40RMB/night.

Single rooms are not always easy to secure due to over-demand, especially at the most popular schools.

Canteen meals at a typical university 'canting' cost around 10RMB/meal. A spending allowance of 2,000RMB/month provides for a comfortably basic lifestyle in Beijing


3) How to apply

In most cases applicants should apply through the Chinese embassy of their home country.

Usually the application extends from January to end-April.

Applications are typical made at the Chinese embassy, or for students already undertaking a degree in China, via their university, and typically require the following information:

Official application form for the given scholarship, filled in Chinese or in English;

Notarized copy of the highest diploma awarded to the applicant, in Chinese or in English;

Notarized copy of transcripts from the highest former level of study attained, in Chinese or in English;

A study or research plan written in Chinese or in English (>200 words for undergraduates; >400 words for scholars, and at least 500 words for postgraduates;

Applicants for masters and doctoral degrees must also submit two letters of recommendation, in Chinese or in English, from professors or associate professors.

Applicants for music or arts-related courses are required to submit some samples of their work;

Applicants not yet 18 should submit proof of a legal guardian resident in China;

Evidence of good health is provided by a photocopy of the Foreign Physical Examination Form (check with embassy outside of China)

Missing materials will automatically disqualify a candidate.

4) China Scholarship Council contacts:

China Scholarship Council:

Asia: 0086-10-66093923; 

Central Asia: 0086-10-66093926/3925; 

Africa: 0086-10-66093919/3920;;

Europe: 0086-10-66093921/3920;;

America & Oceania: 0086-10-66093926/3925;