Chinese Government Scholarships

In order to promote the mutual understanding, cooperation and exchanges in various fields between China and other countries, the Chinese government has set up a series of scholarship programs to sponsor international students, teachers and scholars to study and conduct research in Chinese universities.


1.   Bilateral Program

This includes full or partial scholarships in accordance with the educational exchange agreements or consensus between the Chinese government and governments of other countries, institutions, universities or international organizations. It supports undergraduate students, graduate students, general scholars and senior scholars.

Applicants shall apply to the dispatching authorities for overseas study of their home countries.

2.  Chinese University Program

This is a full scholarship for designated Chinese universities and certain provincial education offices in specific provinces or autonomous regions to recruit outstanding international students for graduate studies in China. It only supports undergraduates, postgraduate students and doctoral students.

Applicants shall apply to the designated Chinese universities undertaking this program.


1.Supporting Categories

Chinese Government Scholarship programs sponsor international students, teachers and scholars to undertake degree studies (bachelor, master and PhD) and Chinese language study or academic research in institutions of higher education in China.


Chinese Government Scholarship covers both major study and Chinese language (preparatory) study. The table below illustrates the duration of each program.

Supporting Categories

Major Study (year)

Chinese Language (Preparatory Study) (year)

Duration of

Scholarship (year)

Undergraduate students


1- 2


Master’s students


1- 2


Doctoral students


1- 2


General scholars

up to 1

up to 1

up to 2

Senior scholars

up to 1

up to 1

up to 2

Instruction Language

1. Undergraduate scholarship recipients must register for Chinese-taught credit courses.

They are required to take one-year preparatory courses in one of the 10 universities listed below and to pass the required test before moving on to their major studies.

Undergraduate scholarship recipients can apply for preparatory course exemption if they completed their secondary education in Chinese or have a valid HSK certificate that meets the requirements of the host university. Official documents from secondary schools or a photocopy of a valid HSK certificate must be submitted for a preparatory course exemption application. Please NOTE that HSK results are valid for only 2 years.

2.Graduate and non-degree scholarship students can register for either the Chinese-taught program or the English-taught program if applicable. Program Search (By visiting or help you find the program and university you're interested in.

Scholarship recipients of Chinese-taught programs without adequate Chinese proficiency must take Chinese language courses for one academic years to reach the language requirements of their host universities before moving on to their major studies. Failure to reach the required language proficiency will lead to the automatic termination of scholarship.

Scholarship recipients of the English-taught programs or those with adequate Chinese language proficiency do not need to take Chinese language courses.


1.Full Scholarship covers

Tuition waiver.

Accommodation: free university dormitory or accommodation subsidy.

If the host university requires students to live on campus, the university will accommodate the scholarship students in a university dormitory (usually a twin room); if the host university permits students to live off campus, the university will provide monthly/quarterly accommodation subsidy:

undergraduate students (preppies), master’s students(general scholars): CNY 700 per month;

doctoral students (senior scholars): CNY 1000 per month.


Undergraduate students: CNY 2,500 per month;

Master’s students/general scholars: CNY 3,000 per month;

Doctoral students/senior scholars: CNY 3,500 per month.

Within the scholarship duration, registered scholarship students will receive a stipend from their host university each month. Students registering on or before the 15thof the month will receive a full stipend of that month. Those who register after the 15thof the month will receive a half stipend of that month. Graduating students will receive stipend until half month after the graduation date. If registered student stays out of China for more than 15 days due to a personal reason (school holidays excluded), his stipend will be stopped during his leaving.

Comprehensive medical insurance:

Please visit or and refer to Comprehensive Insurance & Protection Scheme for Foreigners Staying in China for insurance policy.

2.  Partial scholarship covers

One or some items of the full scholarship.

NOTICE: There is MAJOR LIMITATION for Chinese Government Scholarship-Chinese University Program application. Please see more details with 2023 NPU application guideline.


Applicants should choose one of the following two methods to apply for the scholarship.

Path I - Chinese University Program-via University.

Step 1, complete the CSC application form at 

Step 2, Download CSC application after completion and upload it to the NPU application portal  as an attachment.

Path II - Bilateral Program-Apply via Local Chinese Embassy.

Applicants who meet the requirements are recommended to apply to the local government or Chinese Embassy first. Please contact the local relevant institutes or Chinese Embassy to confirm the eligibility requirements, agency number, and program type for applying for the scholarship.

Additional contact information can be found on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China at 

Chinese Government Scholarship:
Chinese Government Scholarship-Chinese University Program:

Chinese Government Scholarship-Bilateral Program:

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