Chinese Government Scholarships
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Chinese Government Scholarships

The Chinese Government offers full scholarships annually to all citizens (except for the People's Republic of China) who are currently at the University of Oxford to study a variety of disciplines at a wide choice of Chinese universities. Each year Oxford can usually make eight to ten nominations.

Award information

The scheme is administered by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) in collaboration with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Embassy in London.

Award details

Duration:Up to seven years of funding, including up to two years of Chinese language tuition (if needed)
Value:The scholarship covers tuition, lodging, medical insurance, and a living stipend (see Related Documents for further information)
Number:Oxford can usually make 8 - 10 nominations


Nationality:All (except for the People's Republic of China)
Fee status:Home/EU and Overseas
Level of study:Undergraduate, Graduate and Senior Scholars
Subject:All subjects
College:All colleges

Further information

Full scholarship details are available on the China Scholarship Council website, which explains the remit of the scheme, eligibility criteria, a list of participating Chinese universities, scholarship benefits and medical arrangements. Please read these details carefully. For students wishing to take part in a placement shorter than one year in China, please read the guidance here. Please note this can be 4-8 weeks in duration. For short-term programmes, the proposed host university should issue a pre-admission letter for the applicants with their names and relevant information in one letter. This should also include a statement about the potential short-term programme.

Once nominations have been made, the remainder of the process will be administered directly by the Chinese Embassy in London. Please direct all enquiries to  

It is recommended that you contact your proposed host university as early as possible to ensure you are aware of relevant deadlines and to avoid vacation closures.

Students should simultaneously submit the Oxford application form (for nomination), the Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS) online application form, and apply to their proposed host university as a visiting student. Applicants are encouraged to obtain a pre-admission letter from the host university to submit with their CGS online application. Please see the China Scholarship Council website for guidance.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been decided that applicants may write a declaration of the condition of their health and submit it with their application. The physical examination can be taken and the required form ( Foreign Physical Examination form ) submitted when it is safe for this to be done. Please be aware that applications submitted without the declaration of the condition of health will be considered incomplete and therefore will not be assessed.

How to apply

Please note that a nomination is no guarantee that the scholarship will be awarded, since the final decision is made by the China Scholarship Council.

  1. The application cycle for travel in the 2021/22 academic year is now closed
  2. Candidates will be informed about the University nomination outcomes after the end of the application round.
  3. If successful, students should receive award notices directly from the Chinese Embassy in early August.
  4. Students will then receive the official documentation from the Chinese Embassy to obtain a visa, etc later in August.
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