Scholarships to China

In 2020, the Confucius Institute Headquarters continues offering a number of Confucius Institute Scholarships to applicants who want to study International Chinese Education and related programmes in China. Applicants can visit CI Scholarship application website: cis.chinese.cn from 1 Mar 2020 to apply for the scholarships. There are seven types of scholarships on offer in 2020.

  • PhD in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Master`s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (BTCSOL)
  • One Academic Year Scholarship
  • One Semester Scholarship
  • Four-week Scholarship
  • Joint Training Programme Scholarship

Recipients of full scholarships are exempt from tuition fees, accommodation fees, and are provided with a monthly living allowance (except recipients on Four-week Scholarships) as well as comprehensive medical insurance for foreign students studying in China.

General Eligibility Criteria

Applicants shall be non-Chinese citizens in good health, aged between 16 and 35, language teachers currently in post should be age below 45. Applicants for undergraduate studies should be age below 25.

PhD SCHOLARSHIP – Four ACADEMIC YEARS

This scholarship for a PhD in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages will run from  September 2020 and the period of sponsorship is no longer than four years.

Applicants should have a postgraduate degree in International Chinese, Linguistics, MTCSOL or Education related subjects and should achieve a score of at least 200 on HSK 6 and at least 60 HSKK (Advanced). Applicants should also have at least 2 year Chinese teaching experience or relevant working experience. Any applicant with a specific teaching post already arranged will be given priority admission.

MTCSOL SCHOLARSHIP – TWO ACADEMIC YEARS

This scholarship for a Master in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages will run from  September 2020 and the period of sponsorship is no longer than two years.

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree and should achieve a score of at least 210 on HSK 5 and at least 60 HSKK (Intermediate). Any applicant with a specific teaching post already arranged will be given priority admission.

BTCSOL SCHOLARSHIP – four academic years

This scholarship for a Bachelor in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages will run from  September 2020 and the period of sponsorship is no longer than four years.

Applicants should have a high school diploma and should achieve a score of at least 210 on HSK 4 and at least 60 HSKK (Intermediate).

ONE ACADEMIC YEAR SCHOLARSHIP – 11 Months

The scholarship winner shall begin the course of study from September 2020.  International students studying in China are not eligible for this scholarship. There are three types of One Academic Year Scholarship on offer.

Type 1: Chinese International Education (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages)
Applicants should achieve a score of at least 270 on HSK Level 3 and have an HSKK result.

Type 2: Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, Chinese Philosophy
Applicants should achieve a score of at least 180 on HSK Level 4 and at least 60 on HSKK (Intermediate).

Type 3: Chinese Language Study
Applicants should achieve a score of at least 210 on HSK Level 3. Any applicant with a HSKK result will be given priority admission.

ONE SEMESTER SCHOLARSHIP – 5 months

Applicants should have never been issued a X1 and/or an X2 Chinese visa.
The scholarship winner can choose to begin the course of study from September 2020 or March 2021. Two types of One Semester Scholarship are on offer.

Type 1: Chinese International Education, Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, Chinese Philosophy.  For these areas of study, applicants should achieve a score of at least 180 on HSK Level 3 and have an HSKK result.

Type 2: Chinese medicine and Tai Chi. For these areas of study applicants must provide an HSK result. Any applicant with a HSKK result will be given priority admission.

FOUR-WEEK CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE SCHOLARSHIP

Applicants should have never been issued a X1 and/or X2 Chinese visa. The scholarship winner can choose to begin the course of study from July or December 2020.

Three types of Four-week Scholarship are on offer.

Type 1: Chinese Medicine and Taichi Culture
Applicants should have a HSK result.

Type 2: Chinese Language + Family Experience 

Applicants should have a HSK result.

Type 3: Special Four-week Program for Confucius Institutes
This programme will not be offered by our Institute in 2020.

Joint Training programme SCHOLARSHIP

This programme will not be offered by our Institute in 2020.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply please visit the Confucius Institute Scholarship website at http://cis.chinese.cn where you can set up an individual account, get more information as well as an introduction to the range of participating host Higher Education institutions along with details as to which scholarships are offered. The system opens from 1 March 2020.

Applicants should complete and submit via the website the online Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Form with relevant supporting documents. Applicants are required to follow up with the application procedures, review comments, and check scholarship award results.

Scholarship winners should confirm the scholarship offer with the host institutions and undertake the registration procedures required by the host institutions. Scholarship winners should also print out the Scholarship award certificate, apply for relevant Chinese visa in time and register with the host institutions within the required period to ensure they receive the entitlements of the awarded scholarship.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

If you would like to apply for a Confucius Institute Scholarship through the Confucius Institute for Scotland, please submit your scholarship application via the Scholarship Website, meeting the deadlines set out below.

  • For a summer 4-week scholarship (July entry), applications should be submitted by 8 April 2020;
  • For a September 2020 entry, applications should be submitted by 6 May 2020; (Please check the application deadlines set by host universities you’d like to apply to as the deadlines may vary. Early application is recommended.)
  • For a winter 4-week scholarship (December entry), applications should be submitted by 8 September 2020;
  • For March 2021 entry, applications should be submitted by 10 November 2020.  (Please check the application deadlines set by host universities you’d like to apply to as the deadlines may vary.)

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

All applicants must provide:

  • Scanned copy of passport photo page
  • Scanned copy of HSK and/or HSKK results (results are valid for 2 years)
  • A recommendation letter from the head of recommending institute

Applicants of MTCSOL SCHOLARSHIP and BTCSOL SCHOLARSHIP should also provide:

  • Highest degree certificate or diploma (or proof of expected graduation)
  • Academic transcript
  • Academic reference letters

Applicants who are currently working as a Chinese language teacher should provide proof of employment and a reference letter from the employer.

Applicants of PhD in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages should provide:

  • Two academic reference letters from assistant professors (and above)
  • Personal statement in Chinese (around 3000 words)
  • Any applicant with a specific teaching post already arranged will be given priority admission.

Applicants under the age of 18 should provide certified legal guardian documents in China.

Applicants should also provide any additional documents required by the host institutions.

OTHER NOTES

Applicants should check with host institutions in terms of the types scholarship on offered by the university. Contact details of the host institutions are available at: http://cis.chinese.cn/Account/AcceptShool 

NEED HELP?

Contact Jie Chen by email (jie.chen@ed.ac.uk), or make an appointment for a face to face discussion.

Good luck!