Applications are now being sought for the Confucius Institute Scholarship Schemes which are open to candidates age 16-35. If you are currently in post teaching Chinese the upper age limit is extended to 45.
CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE SCHOLARSHIPS 2013
The deadline for submission of applications to the Confucius Institute for Scotland is Monday 15th April 2013.
There are three options – a one semester scholarship; a one academic year scholarship; a two year Masters in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages(MTCSOL).
To be eligible for the first two options you must be a non-Chinese citizen aged between 16 and 35 while MTCSOL language teachers must be aged below 45 when in post.
Scholarships for one semester can be taken in autumn semester 2013 or spring semester 2014. Applicants can choose to study Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, or Chinese Philosophy. Applicants should have a score of at least 120 on the HSK (level 2) and at least 40 on the HSKK (elementary level), or have completed a minimum of 60 hours of study at the Confucius Institute.
Scholarships of one academic year. Applicants can choose to study Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, or Chinese Philosophy. This scholarship runs for one year starting in autumn 2013. Applicants should achieve a score of at least 180 on the HSK (level 3) and at least 60 on the HSKK(primary level), or or have completed a minimum of 120 hours of study at the Confucius Institute.
Master in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. (MTCSOL)
The scholarship lasts for two years and will run from autumn 2013. After successful completion of the study, the candidates will be awarded Master’s degree in MTCSOL and graduate certificate.
Applicants are required to have a bachelor degree or its equivalent with a score of at least 180 on the HSK (level 5) and a score of at least 50 on the HSKK (intermediate level). In addition the applicant must make a written commitment stating that he/she will be engaged in Chinese language teaching for at least 5 years after graduation. Applicants with specific teaching posts arranged will be given admission priority (certification by the institution where s/he will teach is required). Hanban will provide support for outstanding graduates to return to their countries to teach. Applications for this programme are particularly welcomed from outstanding students of Confucius Institutes (Classrooms), overseas local Chinese language teachers, outstanding performers on HSK exams, winners of the `Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and outstanding graduates of Chinese language courses.
WHAT DO THE SCHOLARSHIPS COVER?
All three of the Confucius Institute scholarship types cover:
1. Registration Fee and Tuition Fees for basic learning materials
2. Accommodation on campus
3. A one-off resettlement subsidy
4. Monthly allowance
5. Outpatient medical service
6. Comprehensive insurance
Monthly allowances and resettlement allowances in CNY Yuan are:-
Type A: One Semester CNY 1400 per month plus CNY 1000 resettlement
Type B: One Year CNY 1400 per month plus CNY 1500 resettlement ]
Type C: Two Year MTCSOL CNY 1700 per month plus CNY 1500 resettlement
Please note that the one off resettlement payment will not be awarded to any student who has been studying in China for more than 6 months prior to being enrolled.
CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Please note this is a two part process. You must log on and register electronically and then print off your online registration documents and make a paper application with supporting documents to the Confucius Institute through which you are applying.
Log onto http://cis.chinese.cn to set up your personal account then complete and submit the Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Form online.
Print out the submitted form and send it together with other supporting documents as applicable from list below to the Confucius Institute for Scotland by Monday 15th April 2013.
1/ Photocopy of passport photo page
2/ Photo copy of HSK and HSKK result report
3/ Notarized highest education diploma attained or proof of study.
4A/ Reference letter for one semester and one year applicant
4B/ Two reference letters for MTCSOL and letter of commitment
Master’s Degree Scholarship applicants are required to submit reference letters (in Chinese or English) provided by two professors or associate professors.
Master’s Degree applicants should also provide a commitment in writing stating that the applicant will be engaged in Chinese language teaching for at least five years after graduation (written in Chinese and signed by the applicant).
5/ Applications under the age of 18 should submit relevant legal documents of entrusted legal guardians in China.
6/ Winners of the finals of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and for Foreign High School Students in China shall submit the scholarship certificate. Winners of preliminary rounds of the “Chinese Bridge” Proficiency Competitions in their countries shall provide award proof and reference letter provided by the organizers.
7/ Chinese language teachers shall submit certificate of employment and recommendation letters provided by institutes they work for.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
All applications will be reviewed initially by the Confucius Institute which will recommend outstanding applicants to those Chinese host institutions taking part. Host institutions will then review the applications and submit their proposed scholarship candidates list to Hanban.
Hanban will organise an expert panel to make the final selection and award the scholarships by 15 June 2013. This information will be published on the Scholarship website. The various Chinese Universities will send successful applicants an “Admission Notice” and enrolment package by 1 July 2013.
If successful you follow the processes outline by your Chinese host university and book your flight to China!