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China Scholarship Council Doctoral Scholarships

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is a government agency in China which provides scholarships to Chinese students for doctoral and postdoctoral studies abroad. UBC has an agreement with the CSC, and with specific Chinese universities, to be a preferred host institution for CSC scholarship holders. These scholarships are awarded to students across a wide range of disciplines. The application deadline is usually in March. 


Chinese citizens living in China and wanting to pursue doctoral studies at a North American university are eligible to apply. In order to apply for the CSC scholarship, a student normally must first have received a formal offer of admission from the UBC College of Graduate Studies. By special arrangement, some students from Nankai, Sichuan, Jilin, and Nanjing Universities might be offered a CSC, contingent upon receiving an offer of admission from UBC.

Application Procedures

Applying to UBC's Okanagan campus as a Full Doctoral Student

  1. Collect the required transcripts and reference letters.
  2. Take an English proficiency exam, and ensure your test results are sent to the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus (institution code: 2499)
  3. Investigate potential supervisors in the graduate program you intend to apply to. Many graduate programs recommend that before applying, you make contact via email with a faculty member in the department under whose mentorship you would like to study. This person may be able to support your application in the selection process.
  4. Apply online and arrange to have your transcripts and letters sent to the College of Graduate Studies. You must indicate on the application that you will apply for the CSC scholarship.
  5. Once you have received an offer of admission from UBC's Okanagan campus, apply to the CSC doctoral scholarship program via your current University in China. For more information, visit the China Scholarship Council website.

Applying to UBC's Okanagan campus as a Visiting Doctoral Student ("Visiting Scholar")

  1. You must be a PhD student at a university in China to qualify as a Visiting Scholar at UBC for one year for research purposes.
  2. Review UBC's Okanagan campus website and identify one or two UBC's Okanagan campus professors that you believe would be a good match for your research interests.
  3. Write a short summary of your research project or interests, and your reasons for wanting to come to UBC's Okanagan campus as a visiting doctoral student.
  4. Contact the professors via email and send your research summary. Ask whether he or she will accept you as a visiting student. Be sure to mention that you will be applying for a CSC scholarship to cover your expenses. The professor may ask you to send transcripts or letters of reference, or to provide TOEFL test results.
  5. If a supervisor agrees to accept you, they must send you a letter of invitation. Once you receive this letter, apply for the CSC visiting doctoral student scholarship via your current University in China. For more information, visit the China Scholarship Council website.

Nomination Procedures

If a program wishes to recommend a potential CSC recipient for admission, the admitting program must commit to providing financial support that is adequate to cover:

  • Tuition costs for the student for up to four years.
  • Topping up the CSC scholarship (currently valued at $19,200/year) to $20,000/year for up to four years.

The funds for this financial support can come from any combination of RA-ships, TA-ships or awards. Ongoing funding is conditional upon the student’s adequate academic progress in the program.

Further Information

For further information, please visit the China Scholarship Council website.

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