The Chinese Government supports a range of scholarship schemes for international students in the country. Awarded on behalf of the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC), these programmes give talented postgraduates the chance to study a fully-funded Masters at a Chinese university, with the following financial benefits:
- Tuition fee waiver
- Stipend of 3,000 RMB per month (USD $410)
- Free on-campus accommodation (or a subsidy for off-campus housing)
- Health insurance
There are several different Chinese Government Scholarship schemes that fall under this umbrella – even though they offer largely the same financial awards, the application processes and eligibility criteria do differ.
Chinese University Program
The Chinese University Program is a scholarship available at over 250 designated Chinese institutions.
This funding can support a fully-funded Masters for up to three years and can be used to study an English- or Chinese-language postgraduate course.
In terms of eligibility, you must be a non-Chinese national, hold a Bachelors degree and be under the age of 35.
You should apply directly to one of the participating Chinese universities, usually between the start of January and the start of April. You’ll also need to create an account on the Campus China website and submit an online application form, as well as providing the following documents to your preferred Chinese university.
- A certified copy of your Bachelors degree and academic transcripts
- 1,000-word research proposal
- Two academic reference letters
- A certification of your physical health
After your prospective university has reviewed your application, they’ll nominate you to receive a scholarship from the Chinese Government.
Find out more at the official Chinese study portal for international students.
Great Wall Program
Administered in conjunction with UNESCO, the Great Wall Program gives international students the opportunity to complete a year of general study at a Chinese university.
Like the other Chinese Government Scholarships, the Great Wall Program provides a fee waiver, living stipend, accommodation and medical insurance.
There are around 75 Great Wall fellowships available for developing member states of the United Nations. You should make your application through your country’s National Commission for UNESCO, as well as getting in touch with the Chinese university you’re interested in studying at.
Find out more about the UNESCO Great Wall Program.
EU Window Program
The EU Window Program is a scholarship scheme that provides EU citizens with the opportunity to study a fully-funded Masters at a Chinese university.
Similar to the other Chinese Government Scholarships, successful applicants to the scheme receive a fee waiver, living stipend, accommodation and health insurance for the duration of their Masters.
You’ll need to hold a Bachelors degree, be an EU national and under the age of 35 in order to be eligible for the EU Window Program.
Applications should be made through the Mission of P.R. China to the EU. You’ll need to make an online application via Campus China and then post copies of the relevant documents to the Chinese EU Mission in Brussels.
AUN Program (ASEAN University Network)
The AUN Program is a scholarship scheme for students from the ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). If successful, applicants will be able to study a fully-funded Masters at a Chinese university.
You can apply online for the scholarship through Campus China, afterwards sending two hard copies of your application documents to the AUN Secretariat in Bangkok.
Find out more about the AUN Program.
Chinese Local Government Scholarships
Regional authorities across China offer a range of scholarship programmes designed to attract international students to the local province. The exact eligibility criteria and funding terms differ from scholarship to scholarship, but many offer a fully-funded Masters at a Chinese university.
You can see a list of Chinese Local Government Scholarships on the Campus China website.