China Scholarship Council Postgraduate Scholarship Program

1. Brief Introduction

Established in 2007 by China Scholarship Council (CSC), a non-profit institution entrusted by the Chinese Government to manage the State Scholarship Fund, the Postgraduate Scholarship Program aims to improve the training of creative and distinguished postgraduates and enhance the development of China¡¯s higher education. Over five years, CSC will sponsor each year up to six thousand talented Chinese students for overseas study, pursuing doctoral degrees or conducting academic cooperation under joint-training programs at world-class universities.

As one of the most prestigious ¡°985 Project¡± universities in China, East China Normal University plans to send 100 postgraduates each year under this program for overseas study. It is believed that this scholarship program also extends a precious opportunity for our university to expand and enhance academic and research cooperation with top universities around the world.


Scholarship Benefits:

l  A living stipend as prescribed by Chinese government. For example, postgraduates studying in the U.S.A. will receive a stipend of 1000-1100 USD for one month.

l  A round-way international airfare at the beginning and end of the program


Scholarship Eligibility:

l  Citizen of People¡¯s Republic of China, and not be currently studying abroad at the time of application

l  Enrolled as full-time student at East China Normal University

l  Has obtained formal admission or invitation letter and tuition fee waiver from foreign universities by the time of application

l  Meet English language requirements of foreign universities

l  Willing to observe the requirements of Chinese government scholarship


1.1 Doctoral Degree Program

Undergraduates, master¡¯ and students of East China Normal University who wish to pursue doctoral degrees at overseas universities may apply for 36-48 month scholarships from the CSC. The length of scholarship can also be determined according to the requirements of doctoral studies at foreign universities.

Application materials include formal admission to a Ph.D. program at a foreign university, together with a statement of tuition fee waiver or another scholarship granted by the foreign university that covers the tuition fee.

Awardees should declare the support of CSC in their dissertations. They are expected to return to China after finishing their doctoral degree programs, with the exception of conducting post-doctoral research for no more than two years.


1.2 Joint-Training Program

Postgraduates currently registered at a doctoral program at East China Normal University can apply for 6-24 month overseas joint-training programs under CSC scholarship. The joint-training program is organized under the cooperation of doctoral supervisors at home university and the host university abroad. Doctoral students are expected to come back to East China Normal University after this joint training for their dissertation defense and degree awarding.

Application materials include a formal invitation letter from the host supervisor, a jointly designed research plan approved by both supervisors, and an introduction of the host supervisor.

The invitation letter must be a formal letter printed on university letterhead addressed to the applicant and signed by the host supervisor. The content should include the following: personal information of the student being invited, period of invitation, major research field and plan, statement of tuition fee waiver, and an evaluation of the English language level of the applicant by the host supervisor. If any tuition fee or registration fee is involved or might occur during the joint training that cannot be waived, a list of these fees attached with the application will be appreciated.

Supervisors at home and abroad have to work together to design a research plan for the applicants. A Chinese-English research plan with no less than 1000 words on each version and signed by both supervisors is required for application.

In order to get a better knowledge of supervisors at foreign universities, an introduction of the host supervisor with his/her personal information and academic achievements during the last five years should be included in the application.

The intellectual property right of publications or achievement related to this joint-training program should be respected following relevant requirements of Graduate School of East China Normal University.


2. Application Procedure

The scholarship program will be launched in autumn semester each year through university website.

Applicants submit to the university by the end of February of the following year through their departments or schools.

East China Normal University will carry out a pre-screening and recommend qualified applicants to CSC by March 20th.

CSC will organize a selection committee composed of professors and experts from related fields to evaluate and select proper candidates for the scholarships. It is required that all the application materials should be written in Chinese or English or being translated to either of these two languages.

The scholarship selection results will be published by CSC in May. Then the awardees can depart for overseas study.


Time schedule for 2011 program:

November 2010

Launch the scholarship program

Till end of February 2011

Application to the department and the university

March 20th 2011

Final date for submission of applications to CSC

March to May 2011

Selection by CSC

May 2011

Announcing the awardees by CSC

June 2011 to January 2012

Depart for overseas study


3. Further Information

The Office of International Cooperation and Exchange and the Graduate School of East China Normal University are working together to organize this program. If you need further information of this scholarship program, please contact:


Department of Academic Affairs
Graduate School
East China Normal University
Tel:  +86-21-54345009
Fax: +86-21-54345008
Add: 3663 North Zhongshan Rd.
         Shanghai 200062, P.R.China

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