Chinese Government Scholarships 2017

We are pleased to announce that the Chinese Government Scholarship is open for applications. These are for all levels of University study (from one-year Chinese language study to five-year PhD programme). The scholarship also covers short-term internship in China but it is your own responsibility to find an organisation to do an internship at.

There are 50 guaranteed placed available nationwide, please apply online at and send a scanned copy of all your application documents (application form and other supporting documents) by email to by Thursday 16th February 2017. Alternatively you can print all the documents and drop in hard copies to our office at: Confucius Institute, Room 202, McIntyre Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ. 

For more information please visit:

The agency number is: 8261, for help with applications please see: CGS Application Help 2015


Applicants must be:
- A non Chinese National.
- For Undergraduate programmes, a high school graduate under the age of 25.
- Have a bachelors degree and be under the age of 35 when applying for Masters Programmes.
- have a Masters degree and be under the age of 40 when applying for Doctoral Programmes.
- Be under the age of 45 and have completed at least two years of undergraduate study when applying for General Scholar Programmes.
- Be a masters degree holder or an associate professor (or above) and be under the age of 50 when applying for Senior Scholar Programmes.

Application Documents:
(Any documents not in Chinese or English must be translated in to either language)

1. Application form
2. Notarized highest diploma
3. Academic Transcripts
4. A study plan or research proposal in Chinese or English. (A minimum of 200 words for undergraduates, 500 words for non-degree students, 800 words for postgraduates.)
5. Recommendation letters: Applicants for graduate/senior scholar programs must submit two recommendation letters from professors or associate professors.
6. Music studies applicants must submit a CD of their own works. Art applicants must submit a CD of their own work, to include: two sketches, two colour paintings and two other works.
7. Applicants under the age of 18 must submit valid documents of their legal guardians in China.
8. Applicants planning to stay in China for more than 6 months must submit the following Physical Examination Form (this can be filled out by your GP.) Note the form is only valid for 6 months after the exam and it must have a stamp/doctors signature and the applicants photograph or it will be considered invalid.
9. Applicants with an admission letter from the designated university should enclose this letter with the application documentation.
10. Any valid HSK Certificates should also be included.

Please staple the documents in the top left hand corner and take copies of the application as any documents will not be returned.


Step 1: Apply online and submit your application by 16th February 2017.

Step 2:  The Embassy will organise experts to make the preliminary review of the scanned applications and issue the scholarship certificates (scanned) to the top 50 nominees by 17th March. The rest of the nominees will be put on the waiting list and try to issue them scholarship if they can wait to July.

Step 3:  On receipt of the scholarship certificates from the Confucius Institute, you must contact your preferred Chinese universities with the certificate (each student is allowed to choose three universities) straight away and get back the pre-admission notices (scanned copies) to the Institute. This must be done by 13th April. The original copies of the nominees on the waiting list are also required if they still want a place.

Step 4: The Chinese Embassy will post all the application documents and pre-admission notices back to the China Scholarship Council. The final admission notice and visa-application documents are expected to arrive with the Embassy at the beginning of July and will be posted to the Institute asap.

Step 5: The Chinese Embassy will hold a briefing and reception for all the scholarship winners in July. The admission packages will be post to the winners if they cannot attend our reception.


Confucius Institute Scholarship

**Please note that applications can be made on a rolling basis, each university and programme will have different dates and deadlines. Please check with your preferred institution for their dates for each programme before applying**

A brief overview can be found here: CI Scholarship 2015

2016 Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Procedure

In order to support development of the Confucius Institutes, facilitate Chinese language promotion and Chinese cultural transmission in the world, cultivate qualified Chinese language teachers and talented students of Chinese language, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) launches the “Confucius Institute Scholarships” program for providing sponsorship to students, scholars and Chinese language teachers of other countries for pursuing a study in  relevant universities in China (hereinafter referred to as “host institutions”).

I. Category & Eligibility

The 2016 Confucius Institute Scholarship Categories are:

  1. Scholarship for Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) Students
  2. Scholarship for one-Academic-Year Study + MTCSOL Students
  3. Scholarship for Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (BTCSOL) Students
  4. Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Study Students
  5. Scholarship for One-Semester Study Students
  6. Scholarship for Four-Week Study Students

Application is open to applicants who have non-Chinese citizenship, aged between 16 and 35, in good health condition, (Applicant is currently working in a Chinese language teaching position shall not exceed the age limit of 45. Undergraduate student shall not exceed the age limit of 20).

1. Scholarship for Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) Students

This category provides a sponsorship for 2 academic years. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 5), and a minimum score of 50 in HSKK Test (Intermediate Level). Applicants who are able to provide an employment agreement or certification upon finishing study from designated working institutions is preferred.

2. Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Study + MTCSOL Students

This category provides a sponsorship for 3 academic years. Applicant should provide the employment agreement from a designated Confucius Institute or a prospective working institution. Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 3), and a minimum score of 60 in HSKK Test (Beginner Level).

3. Scholarship for Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (BTCSOL) Students

This category provides a sponsorship for 4 academic years. Applicants should hold a high school diploma or above, a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 3), and a minimum score of 40 in HSKK Test (Intermediate Level).

4. Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Study Students

This category provides sponsorship for 11 months. Application is open to Confucius Institute (Classroom) students, overseas Chinese language teachers, students majoring in Chinese language and excellent performers in HSK test. International students who are now studying in China are not eligible for the scholarship. Applicants should have a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 3), and 60 in HSKK test (Beginner Level). Alternatively, applicants should hold a minimum score of 180 in BCT (A) , and a minimum score of 180 BCT (Speaking).

5. Scholarship for One-Semester Study Students

This category provides a sponsorship for 5 months. Applicants should have no prior experience of studying in China, but have a minimum score of 120 in HSK Test (Level 2), and a minimum score of 40 in HSKK (Beginner Level). Alternatively, applicants should have a minimum score of 100 in BCT (A), and a minimum score of 120 in BCT (Speaking).

6. Scholarship for Four-Week Study Students

This category provides a sponsorship for 4-week study which is mainly focusing on Chinese language. Applications are mainly open to Confucius Institute (Classroom) students, excellent performers in HSK test, and outstanding club members of Confucius Institute Magazine. Applicant should submit a HSK or BCT score report, and have no prior experience of studying in China.

 “Chinese Bridge” (Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students) Winners who have been awarded the 2016 “Confucius Institute Scholarship Certificate” can apply for admission according to the scholarship specified in the certificate.

II. Majors, Host Institutions & Admission


This year, 150 Chinese universities are entrusted as the host institutions of the scholarships which provide various subjects including Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages, Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, Chinese Philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Music, Chinese Dance, etc. For more detailed information of the host institutions, please find the Application Form on the Confucius Institute Scholarships Website (

Admission for students of MTCSOL, one-Academic-Year Study + MTCSOL, BTCSOL, one-Academic-Year Study, and one-Semester Study is either on September 1st, 2016 or March 1st, 2017.

Four-Week Study courses are available from July 15th - August 14th, 2016, or December 15th, 2016 – January 14th, 2017. Courses at other time durations can only be arranged on the condition of recruiting 10 students minimum, and applicants from Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) should initiate your application 3 month in advance. 

III. Scholarship Coverage, Criteria and Academic Assessment

The Confucius Institute Scholarship provides full coverage of tuition fees, accommodation fees, living allowance and comprehensive medical insurance expenses.

Tuition fees are under the overall planning and utilization of host institutions to provide teaching, management, Chinese language proficiency tests (HSK/HSKK), and cultural and social activities for scholarship holders.    

Accommodation fees are under the overall planning and utilization of host institutions which should provide scholarship holders with free dormitory rooms (usually double rooms). For those who live off campus with the permission of host institutions are entitled to accommodation allowance from host institutions on by month or by quarter. The allowance criteria are RMB700 per person on monthly basis.

Living allowance is granted by the host institutions on monthly basis. The allowance criteria per person are:

l  BTCSOL, One-Academic-Year Study, One-Semester Study: RMB2,500 per month

l  MTCSOL: RMB3,000 per month

Enrollment status is based on semesters of host institutions. Students who are enrolled before the 15th (or on the 15th) of the admission month, are entitled to the full allowance of that month. Students, who are enrolled after the 15th of that month, are only entitled to half of the allowance.

The living allowance for the month of graduation will be granted half a month later upon confirming the graduation status by host institutions.

During the study, for any students who is absent from China of personal reasons for more than 15 days (excluding legal holidays), the allowance will be suspended during absence. Allowance will be terminated in case of schooling suspension or dropping out for personal reasons.

Comprehensive medical insurance is purchased by the host institutions in accordance to relevant regulations on international students stipulated by the Ministry of Education of China. The insurance fee per person is RMB800 per year.

The degree scholarship program applicants (Category 1, 2, 3) are subject to annual academic performance review. Only those who achieve outstanding records in academic and Chinese language proficiency are entitled to a full scholarship for the following year; those who achieve average academic records are entitled to partial scholarships; the others will not be entitled to scholarship any longer. Partial scholarships consist of tuition fee, accommodation fee and comprehensive medical insurance. The One-Academic-Year Study and One-Semester Study programmers are required to attend Chinese language proficiency test before graduation. Test fees are reimbursed by the host institution.

IV. Admission Procedure

Scholarship recruitment is open all year round on a trial basis. For applicants, recommending institutions and host institutions, please find admission procedures and scholarship recruitment results on the Confucius Institute Scholarships website (     

1. For application, please log on to the Confucius Institute Scholarships website ( to register, complete the Confucius Institute Scholarships Application Form online, and upload the scanned copies of relevant supporting documents.   


2. Entrusted by Hanban, Confucius Institutes (independent Confucius Classrooms) in different countries, overseas Chinese language testing centers, educational and cultural sections of Chinese embassy and consulate, and host institutions in China are working as recommending institutions to engage in the applicant selection, materials review, host institutions connection, and collecting and handing over applicants’ documents to host institutions.

3. Once application materials are verified by the Division of Scholarships of Hanban as valid, host institutions will then review the eligibility of applicants and submit the admission list to

4. Hanban will conduct an overall assessment of all applications and admit applicants on the basis of competitive selection. Normally, the admission results will be announced within 45 working days after the application materials are confirmed as valid.

5. After confirming with the successful applicants, host institutions are required to post “Letter of Admission”, “Visa Application Form for Foreigners to Study in China" (JW202 Form), copy of the scholarship certificate and other relevant documents to the recommending institutions within 15 working days.

V. Disclaimer

1. Incomplete or unqualified applications will not be processed.   

2. Applicants will be disqualified from application in case of fraudulent application materials or application materials are completed and submitted by someone else. 

3. Scholarship winners who cannot register with the host institutions on time should inform the host institution about the reasons in written form within 15 days before the admission date. For those who do not register as requested without reason, the scholarship will be canceled.

4. Scholarship will be canceled for those who do not pass the admission physical examination, drop out, or take schooling suspension during the study.

VI. Contact Information

Division of Scholarships, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban)

Address: 129, Deshengmenwai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100088

Fax: +86-10-58595727    E-mail:   

Application Documents for Confucius Institute Scholarships

Recommending institutions and host institutions should examine the completeness, validity and accuracy of applicant’s name, nationality and permanent address on the passport. If the following documents are not in Chinese or English version, notarization documents should be provided.  

I. For all applicants

1. A scanned copy of the passport photo page. Applicants under the age of 18 shall submit relevant documents of entrusted legal guardians in China.

2.  Score reports of the HSK, HSKK or BCT, BCT (Speaking). Winners of the finals of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions may submit the award certificate and the “Confucius Institute Scholarship Certificate”.

3. Recommendation letter signed by the head of the recommending institutions (please provide objective comments on the applicant, including whether the applicant is a student of Confucius Institute or other identity. Chinese language teachers shall submit an employment verification letter and a reference letter provided by the institutes they work for.)

I. For degree scholarship program applicants

4. Certification of the highest education diploma (or proof of expected graduation), and an official transcript.

5. Applicants of the Scholarship for MTCSOL Students and Scholarship for “1-Academic-Year Study + MTCSOL” students are required to provide 2 reference letters from professors or associate professors. Those who can provide an employment agreement or related documents with the designated teaching institution are preferred.

III. Host institutions will contact applicants directly if other materials are required.



VI. Host universities

A whole list of host universities can be found at: CI Scholarship Hosts 2015

Please apply online and submit hard copies of application to the Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow

Address: Room 202, John McIntyre Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Tel: 0141 330 7730

1. Nankai University (City: Tianjin)

For any enquiries, please contact Ms Sun:

Ms Meixing Sun

Program Coordinator
Foreign Students Section
Office for International Academic Exchanges
Nankai University
Tel: +86 (0) 22 2350 8686

Nankai University is in partnership with the Confucius Institute and you are encouraged to apply to study there. Please bear in mind it is your decision to choose the university/city, the Confucius Institute will do its best to collect information for applicants but holds no responsibilities for your choice.

2. Harbin Normal University (City: Harbin, Heilongjiang Province)

If you have any enquiries, please contact Mr Sun as above.

Mr Hao Sun

Recruitment and Admission Office, International College, Harbin Normal University
Address: 50 Hexing Road, Nangang District, Harbin, 150080
Tel:+86 451 8631 5015, +86 451 8806 7479
Fax:+86 451 8630 5382       Email:

3. South-Central University for Nationalities (City: Wuhan, Hubei Province)

South-Central University for Nationalities has guaranteed two places for one year scholarship and two one semester scholarship for our students.

If you have any enquiries, please contact Mr Li as above.

Mr Xiaochen Li

International Affairs Office
South-Central University for Nationalities
Tel: +86 (0) 27 8753 2143

4. Northwest Normal University (City: Lanzhou, Gansu Province)

If you have any enquiries, please contact Mr Wu as above.

Mr Heping Wu

Culture, Communication, Cooperation
College of International Cultural Exchange
Northwest Normal University, China
Tel & Fax: +86 (0) 931 797 5620

5. Hebei Normal University of Science & Technology (City: Qinghuangdao, Hebei Province)

If have have any enquiries, please contact Lily above.


International Exchange Center
Hebei Normal University of Science & Technology
Phone: +86 (0)335 853 1000

6. Guangxi Normal University (City: Guilin, Guangxi Province)

If have have any enquiries, please contact the following 

Zeng Jie

Tel: +86 (0)773 582 1163 Mobile: +86 1397 738 2407

Lin Yukun

Tel: +86 (0)773 582 1163 Mobile: +86 1867 738 1027


Generation UK - China

Generation UK - China is a campaign run by the British Council to improve the mobility of UK students.

It offers scholarships and Internships.

Scholarships to study in China 

  • Both single semester and one full academic year.  
  • Includes: tuition fees for non-degree courses, accommodation, insurance, a monthly living allowance and a settlement allowance.

Internships in China 

  • Funding support for two month placements.
  • In: Beijing, Chengdu, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Zhuhai.
  • Start every month in a wide range of industries.
  • Covers accommodation, travel insurance.
  • Applicants need to cover their travel expenses.


  • Scholarships: all UK students aged 18 or over; studying at or having graduated from a UK institution within one year.
  • Internship funding is prioritised for those students in receipt of a maintenance grant from student finance.


For more information, see: Generation UK - China Particulars or go to: 

The Confucius Institute Summer Language and Culture Exchange Programme

The Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow is organising a two week summer exchange programme to its partner university Nankai University in Tianjin, China. This is a fantastic opportunity for students who are interested in Chinese language, history and culture. The successful candidates will spend the mornings in classrooms learning Chinese language from experienced language tutors, and visit sites of historical and cultural interest in the afternoons and weekends.

 The programme will run from 23rd June to 8th July 2017, The deadline for applications is Friday 5th May

  • Confucius Institute registered students will be given priority in allocating scholarships but everyone is welcome to apply.
  • Aged between 15 and 30 years old.
  • Has never been to China under the Confucius Institute Summer Exchange Programme.
  • Non- Chinese National

 The Confucius Institute will pay for the language classes, accommodation, meals and transport during the programmes.

 What you need to pay:

  • Visa application fees (£151 for British Citizens).
  • International return flights (depends on the time of booking).
  • Travel insurance.

 How to apply:

Please send the following documents to the Confucius Institute in hard copy by 5pm, Friday 5th 2017:

 Contact us:

Confucius Institute, Room 202, John McIntyre Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ,

Tel: +44 (0)141 330 7730, Email:

Confucius China Study Plan

Hanban/Confucius Institutes Headquarters (the Headquarters) has launched the “Confucius China Study Plan”, which allows you to do a joint PhD degree in the UK and China, or a PhD in China. Our partner university Nankai University is one of the host universities. For more information, please read Confucius China Study Plan.

This programme is currently accepting applications for 2017.

The Sino-foreign Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship is specifically for Ph.D. students in foreign universities who would like to study 6 months to 2 years in China, and Ph.D. in China Fellowship for master graduates to pursue doctoral degrees in China. The Headquarters will make a personalized development plan for every fellowship recipient, and offer him/her a full fellowship including tuition, living stipend, research grant and instructional grant for foreign and Chinese mentors, etc.

For online application please click:

For more information see at, or contact the Division of Sinology and China Studies.

Contact:  WANG Xinsheng / GUAN Lei

Tel: 86-10-58595771  Fax: 86-10-58595762