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2014 Confucius China Studies Program

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In order to foster deep understanding of China and the Chinese culture among young generations from around the world, enable the prosperous growth of China studies, promote the sustainable development of Confucius Institutes, and enhance the friendly relationship between China and the people of other countries, the Confucius Institute Headquarters has set up the “Confucius China Studies Program”.

The Program consists of six subprograms in the academic areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.

 I. Joint Ph.D. Fellowship

II. Ph.D. in China Fellowship

III. “Understanding China” Fellowship

IV. Young Leaders Fellowship

V. International Conference Grant

VI. Publication Grant



In order to support the development of Confucius Institutes, facilitate Chinese language promotion and Chinese cultural transmission in the world, cultivate qualified Chinese language teachers and talented students of Chinese language, Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban (hereinafter referred to as Hanban) launches the “Confucius Institute Scholarship” program to provide financial aid for students, scholars and Chinese language teachers worldwide to proceed to a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) in Chinese universities (hereinafter referred to as “host institutes”), or study in such majors as Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese Philosophy.

Confucius Institute Scholarship Program was established in 2009. By 2012, more than 16,000 applicants from 150 countries have been funded to study in China.

I. Scholarship Category and Application Requirement

The category of Confucius Institute Scholarship includes Scholarship for Students of Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages(MTCSOL), Scholarship for Students of One-Academic-Year + MTCSOL, Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Students, and Scholarship for One-Semester Students. Applicants shall be non-Chinese citizens in good health, aged between 16 and 35 (Chinese language teachers in post shall be aged below 45). For more information, please refer to the Recruitment Procedures for Confucius Institute Scholarship.

II. Scholarship Coverage and Criteria

Scholarship winners are exempt from registration fees, tuition, fees for basic learning materials, accommodation fees on campus, and are provided with a one-off resettlement subsidy, monthly allowance, outpatient medical service and comprehensive insurance for foreign students studying in China. Monthly allowances are at the following rates (CNY Yuan per month):

a. CNY 1,400 for One-Academic-Year Students and One-Semester Students.

b. CNY 1,700 for Master’s Degree Students.

The one-off resettlement subsidy is CNY 1,500 for students who will study in China for one academic year or more; CNY 1,000 will be provided to all students who studies in China for one semester; the one-off resettlement subsidy will not be provided to those who have studied in China for more than half a year before being enrolled.

III. Recruitment Procedures

From the issue date of the Procedures, applicants should log on to the Confucius Institute Scholarship website at, set up an individual account, read information and introduction of host institutes and majors, complete and submit the Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Form online.

Confucius Institutes (independently set-up Confucius Classrooms), overseas Chinese test centers, educational and cultural offices (sections) of Chinese embassies (consulates), host institutes and institutions of higher education in those countries with no Confucius Institutes are entrusted by Confucius Institute Headquarters to accept applications, select and recommend eligible candidates for the scholarship.

Host institutes are responsible for reviewing the qualification of applicants.

Confucius Institute Headquarters will organize an expert panel to make the final selection and publish the name list of successful applicants on the Scholarship website, which will be informed to applicants through recommending institutions.

The host institutes will post “Admission Notice”, “Enrollment Instructions”, “Visa Application Form for Foreigners to Study in China” (JW202 Form) and photocopies of Confucius Institute Scholarship Certificate to successful applicants through their recommending institutions.

IV. Application Documents

Applicants must log onto the Scholarship website, fill out the “Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Form”, and attach the electronic files of the following materials:

1.   Photocopy of Passport Photo Page

2.Photocopy of HSK and HSKK Result Report

3.Notarized highest education diplomas attained or proof of study

4. Reference Letter and Letter of Commitment. Students attending Chinese language programs of universities in countries with no Confucius Institutes established shall attach a reference letter signed and issued by the university President. The Master’s Degree Scholarship applicants are required to submit reference letters provided by two professors or associate professors (in Chinese or English). A written commitment stating that the applicant will be engaged in Chinese language teaching for at least 5 years after graduation (written in Chinese and sign with signature).

5. Applications under the age of 18 shall submit relevant legal documents of entrusted legal guardians in China.

6.Winners of the finals of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and for Foreign High School Students in China shall submit the scholarship certificate. Winners of preliminary rounds of the “Chinese Bridge” Proficiency Competitions in their countries shall provide award proof and reference letter provided by the organizers.

7. Chinese language teachers shall submit certificate of employment and recommendation letters provided by institutes they work for.

8.    Those applying for the Scholarship for Students of One-Academic-Year + Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages are required to provide the agreement signed with the Confucius Institute or the institute which they will be working for.

9.    Other materials required by host institutes.

V. Entrance and Annual Appraisal

Students for a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) shall be subject to an annual appraisal organized by the host institutes before the end of the first school year after being enrolled according to the “Annual Appraisal Procedures for Confucius Institute Scholarship”. Only the eligible students are entitled to continue to receive the Scholarships in the following year.

For contact information of host institute and the Recruitment Procedures for Confucius Institute Scholarship, please visit the website at htt://

Contact Information

Division of Testing and Scholarship, Confucius Institute Headquarters / Hanban

Address: 129, Deshengmenwai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100088.

Fax: +86-10-58595937

Confucius Institute Scholarship Website:

HSK and HSKK Website: