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Post-graduate Study Abroad Program


1. Introduction

The Post-graduate Study Abroad Program is a national scholarship program, launched in January 2007, for financing outstanding Chinese students to study at top universities around the world. The Program aims to create a platform for the training and exchanges of talents with an international vision by promoting cooperation and exchanges between top Chinese universities and their counterparts abroad and establishing sustainable academic relationships between them.


2. Grant Opportunities

It is anticipated that 5000 scholarships will be provided to support outstanding Chinese students to study abroad either toward PhD degrees or under the sandwich PhD scheme each year for the consecutive years from 2007 to 2011. A scholarship normally covers a return international airfare and a living stipend, prescribed by the Chinese Government and lasting for the study period of each scholarship awardee. At the same time, the tuition and research fees are assumed to be covered by the host universities. The expected study duration is normally 36-48 months for degree seeking PhD candidates; and 6-24 months for sandwich PhD candidates.

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3. Eligibility

Applicants must be citizens of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application. They are expected to come from targeted universities (list as attached).

Degree seeking PhD applicants should be first degree holders, or full-time registered master candidates, or first-year PhD candidates, at the time of application, while sandwich PhD applicants should be full-time registered PhD candidates at the time of application.


4. Application Procedure

In line with the principle of “just, fair and open,” the selection of scholarship awardees follows the way that individual applications must be recommended by applicants’ home institutions and those approved by the evaluation panel will be finally granted scholarships.

Degree seeking PhD applicants are required to submit formal admission letters from the foreign host institutions when applying for the scholarship; and sandwich PhD applicants should submit invitation letters from host supervisors/institutions, together with detailed research plans.

CSC calls applications once a year, normally from February 20 to March 20, according to the agenda specified in the annual “Application Guide to the State Sponsored Study Abroad Programs.” And the evaluation results are expected to be announced in May the same year.


5. Scholarship Awardees’ Departure to the Destination Institutions

Scholarship awardees of the Program are expected to be sent to renowned universities or institutions in different countries. They are required to sign with CSC the “Agreement for Study Abroad for CSC Sponsored Chinese Citizens”, which indicates clearly the rights and obligations of the scholarship provider and the participating students. The destinations are chosen mainly through cooperation between famous Chinese scholars, professors or supervisors and their foreign colleagues or via the institutional cooperation channels or cooperation projects between Chinese universities and their foreign partners.

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