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5 Types of China Scholarships for International Students

Date: May 25,2018

Summary: In order to attract the best international students to study in China and enhance people-to-people communication, the Chinese central government, local governments, Chinese universities and enterprises offer a variety of scholarship ...

5 Types of China Scholarships for International Students

 
In order to attract the best international students to study in China and enhance people-to-people communication, the Chinese central government, local governments, Chinese universities and enterprises offer a variety of scholarship programs to support foreign students to study and conduct research in Chinese universities every year.
These scholarships can be broadly divided into five types:
Chinese Government Scholarships
The Chinese Government Scholarships include various programs that aim to different international students respectively, compromising 9 programs as below. These scholarship programs are mostly full-funded with fierce competition and rather high requirements. Besides, the Chinese Government Scholarship is the most extensive type because its programs are available in a plurality of institutions in China.
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Bilateral Program

full/ partial

undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, general scholars and senior scholars

Chinese University Program

full

undergraduates, postgraduate students and doctoral students

Great Wall Program

full

general scholars and senior scholars (in developing countries)

EU Program

full

undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students,  general scholars and senior scholars

AUN Program

full

graduate and doctoral students (from ASEAN member nations)

PIF Program

full

undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students,  general scholars and senior scholars(from Pacific island countries)

WMO Program

full

undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students(major in meteorology, hydrology, and water resources)

Marine Scholarship of China

full

graduate and doctoral students(from a coastal/island country of South China Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific and its surrounding island countries, or an African, American developing country)

MOFCOM Scholarship

full

graduate and doctoral students

Local Government Scholarships
Local Government Scholarships are launched by provincial and municipal local governments in China, which are designed to encourage more outstanding international students or scholars to study at universities in their provinces or municipalities.
In general, Local Government Scholarships aren’t so widely available compared with Chinese Government Scholarships. Usually, local governments only set up a few number of scholarship programs for several designated institutions. However, there are maybe numerous universities in that province or city. So it is important to figure out if your target university can provide this type of scholarship.
According to the latest data, 15 Chinese provincial and municipal governments have established a total of 33 scholarship programs for foreign students and scholars in 2018:
Province/ Municipality Number of programs Target schools

Zhejiang Province

6 programs

Zhejiang University of Science and Technology
Ningbo University (2 programs)
Zhejiang Sci-Tech University
Zhejiang Normal University
China Academy of Art

Jiangsu Province

6 programs

Nanjing Agricultural University(2 programs)
Nanjing University of Science andTechnology
Southeast University(2 programs)
China Pharmaceutical University

Shanghai Municipality

3 programs

East China Normal University
Shanghai University of Political Science and Law
Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chongqing Municipality

3 programs

Chongqing University
Chongqing Normal University
Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Beijing Municipality

2 programs

China University of Petroleum
Beijing Technology and Business University

Fujian Province

2 programs

Xiamen University
Wuyi University

Shandong Province

2 programs

Shandong University
China University of Petroleum (East China)

Liaoning Province

2 programs

Dalian Maritime University

Guangdong Province

1 program

Southern Medical University

Henan Province

1 program

Zhengzhou University

Yunnan Province

1 program

Yunnan Minzu University

Guizhou Province

1 program

Guizhou University

Heilongjiang Province

1 program

Harbin Normal University

Gansu Province

1 program

Lanzhou University of Technology

Ningxia Province

1 program

Ningxia Medical University

Confucius Institute Scholarship
Confucius Institute Scholarship Program was launched by Hanban (or Confucius Institute Headquarters) in a bid to encourage students, scholars and Chinese language teachers from other countries to study Chinese language in China. This type is also extensively accessible in plenty of universities as Hanban has provided Confucius Institute Scholarships to 149 institutions in 2018.
But it only open for applicants who are going to study Chinese Language and Culture, Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages or other subjects related to Chinese language. Moreover, it will require applicants to offer recommendation letters from recommending Institution.
Chinese Universities Scholarships
Many leading universities and colleges in China have set up their own scholarship schemes for attracting excellent international students and scholars to pursue studies at their universities.
Please note that this type of scholarship are in different names at different universities. They are usually named after universities’ name, such as Zhejiang University Scholarship. So please don’t mix it with the Chinese Government Scholarship--Chinese University Program. Applicants need to find specific programs at target university and apply for it through university’s online platform directly.
Enterprise Scholarships
Some enterprises have set up scholarships to support international students in certain institutions in order to boost international exchange and technological innovation.
This type of scholarships have fewest programs but it can increase your chance to get one scholarship if the other scholarship programs at your target university are highly sought after.
 
 
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