The Chinese Government Scholarship program for 2019-2020 is now open! International students can apply at different Chinese universities through Chinese School Council (CSC) programs by completing their application using an online system.

The program is open to all international candidates interested in beginning their next academic journey in Bachelor-, Master-, of Doctorate -level academic programs in any Chinese university.


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What is the CSC Scholarship?

Study in China on Chinese government scholarships (CGS)- CSC Scholarships are awarded by Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) to international students in Chinese universities affiliated with CSC. The online application system for CSC Scholarships or the admission process runs from December to April every year (generally). But the application’s specific deadline varies depending on which university you’re applying at for China Scholarships. There, the CSC Scholarships online application is very important for scholarship applicants.

There are 274 Chinese universities offering scholarships for international students every year. The list of universities under the Chinese government scholarship can be found here: https://www.cscscholarship.org/

The “Study Chinese in China” program is also available under a scholarship. There are many universities offering Chinese language scholarships around the country.

CSC Results: The Chinese government scholarship results are announced by the end of July according to the China Scholarship Council (CSC China ) policies. Successful applicants can then join their universities at the start of their September term. 

These scholarships are awarded to students through agencies like,

  • Chinese government scholarships through University

  • The Chinese embassy in other countries, which have diplomatic relations with China.

If you have decided to apply for the 2019-2020 Chinese Government Scholarship, then you’ll need to submit this online CSC scholarship application and apply directly in a Chinese university that offers your selected degree. As far as the embassy application is concerned, the embassy generally receives applications in other countries via the Higher Education Institute. Scholarships via the embassy are also called “Bilateral Programs”. 

Chinese government scholarships.

The CGS application procedure is very simpleStudents don’t need to consult and pay an agent to proceed - if someone offers you such a service, then they’re most likely scams. 

What is the agency number in Chinese government scholarships? 

All new students should follow this procedure to get a scholarship under the Chinese government scholarship program. Master’s and Ph.D. students in almost every field can apply for a scholarship (i.e. Engineering, Medical, Business Management, Law etc.)

General Procedure 

Step 1:  Find a university that is best suited for your field of studies and that is affiliated with the CGS. Here is the Subject Wise University List under the CSC. (https://www.cscscholarship.org/subject-wise-university-list-under-csc)

Video: How to find the right university under the CSC program: https://youtu.be/yXZYwPy4yCY

Step 2:  Contact a professor at your university of choice and ask that he/she accepts you as a student. Here’s an email sample (https://www.cscscholarship.org/samples-of-email-to-professor.html)

Having proof of acceptance from a professor adds credibility to your application and increases your chances of earning a scholarship.

Video: How to find a professor:  https://youtu.be/T8RQV5s3Ejs

When he/she agrees to accept you, then send them your Supervisor Request Letter (https://www.cscscholarship.org/acceptance-letter-sample.html)

or Acceptance letter format (https://www.cscscholarship.org/acceptance-letter-sample.html)

Step 3: Fill out your CSC Online Application Form through the Chinese Government Scholarship login.

Recommended Link for the CSC Online Registration Form through CSC student login:  http://studyinchina.csc.edu.cn/

Video: How to fill out your application form: https://youtu.be/lq4-IyDYKXs

Step 4: Complete the form for the “Physical Examination Record for Foreigners”(https://www.cscscholarship.org/foreigner-physical-examination-form-china.html) and attach all the required reports with this Medical Form - also called the Foreigner Physical Examination Form (https://www.cscscholarship.org/foreigner-physical-examination-form-china.html)

Step 5: Print out your form and complete your application with using the following list of documents:

*Note: Attest your all of your educational documents from the Notary Republic.

  1. Once you’ve completed your Chinese government scholarship online application, you have to find the address of the university’s International Students Office and send them your documents along with the printed form using a reliable courier service like DHL (ask for their student package). And you can mention on one page that you’re applying for CSC Scholarships under the China Scholarship Council system. 

  2. Silk Road Scholarship, also known as the Road and Belt Scholarship or Forbidden City Scholarship for Beijing Universities, is also offered under the China Scholarships Council. The scholarship’s amount is the same as the Chinese Government Scholarship. This scholarship is designed for countries who are the part of Belt and Road Initiative or the Silk Road Economic Belt program. The financial aid for graduate school students will be covered under those scholarships. There are 279 Chinese universities in China offering scholarships for international students.

  3.  Visa for China: when you get selected, you’ll need a visa to enter and stay in China. Before filling out your China visa application online, please take the time to read all the China visa requirements as there are many different categories and required documents to provide. You can apply for a Chinese Visa to your country’s designated Chinese embassy.

List of required documents:

  • Notary Attested Copy of MS Degree for Ph.D. applicants & Attested Bachelor’s Degree copy for Master’s Degree applicants;

  • Notary Attested Transcript of your latest awarded degree;

  • Two Letters of Recommendation from your last university’s professors;

  • A sample of your Recommendation Letter can be viewed and made accordingly by your own professors of the previous Institute where you studied;

  • Download your medical form, also known as the Physical Examination form, for the Chinese Government Scholarship. Print it out and bring it with the rest of your CSC scholarship documents to a nearby government hospital to complete its procedure by asking the doctor to sign it in two places:
    1- On the front page, sign and stamp on your picture of Foreigner’s Physical Examination Form;
    2- Sign and stamp at the end of the same above form;

  • A study plan is required as an attachment to your application;

  • ENGLISH PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATE required, which means NO IELTS or TOEFL wanted to apply for any CSC scholarship in any Chinese university.

  • Also, you’ll have to attach a copy of your passport and the acceptance letter issued by professors of a Chinese university where you want to enroll. An acceptance letter is entirely optional, so you can skip it as well. Attach all above documents with the printed Chinese Government Scholarship form, make two sets and send to the targeted Chinese university

  • Some universities also have their own online application system, so in addition to the CSC Scholarship online application, you may have to fill out an online admission form of that Chinese university if required. Then print your university application form as well and attach it to your Chinese government Scholarship application document package.

  • Make two sets of the above-mentioned documents, but cross-check with your university’s requirements and then find the address of the Scholarship Department of that university where you wish to apply. Once you have it, send your 2 sets of documents via DHL, FedEx.

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