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Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS) Bilateral Program

Are you a UK student, scholar, faculty or staff member interested in studying or conducting research at a university in China for a semester or longer? If so, this scholarship program may be the one for you. Participation in this program will help individuals gain new or strengthen existing skills, such as cross-cultural communication, adapting to a new cultural setting, and academic learning in an international environment.

With the Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS) Program, scholarship recipients may apply for admission to any of 289 designated universities in China. Academic programs that are taught in Chinese and in English are available and are offered in a range of fields as follows: 

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Medicine
  • Economics
  • Legal Studies
  • Management
  • Education
  • History
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Fine Arts

The Office of China Initiatives (OCI) facilitates the application process for UK students, scholars, faculty and staff interested in the CGS Program, which is administered by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). This opportunity was established to promote mutual understanding, cooperation and exchanges in various fields between China and other countries (CGS website: 

The online platform is open for scholarship applications all the time. Applicants are suggested to start their application as early as possible. 

Important Information


The Full Scholarship Covers

1. Tuition waiver for host Chinese university.  

  • Some majors, such as business management, global trade, and politics, will require extra tuition at some universities (Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, etc.). 
  • Please confirm on the university's website if your desired major charges tuition higher than the waived tuition. Applicants will be responsible to pay the tuition that is not waived by the scholarship. 

2. Accommodation: Free university dormitory or accommodation subsidy

3. Stipend: 

  • General scholars [UK master's and undergraduate students, and staff members who have completed at least two years of undergraduate study (see Eligibility section)]: CNY 2,500 per month (≈$435)
  • Senior scholars [UK doctoral students, associate professors and above, and staff members with a master's degree (see Eligibility section)]: CNY 3,500 per month (≈$507)


Please note that scholarships do not cover visa fees, international travel fees and application fees.

Also note that the stipend amount received may vary by about 17% depending on the university in China attended.


To be eligible for the CGS, an applicant must:

  • Be a citizen of a country other than the People's Republic of China and be in good health;
  • Be a high school graduate under the age of 25 when applying for undergraduate programs;
  • Be a bachelor's degree holder under the age of 35 when applying for master's programs;
  • Be a master's degree holder under the age of 40 when applying for doctoral programs;
  • Be under the age of 45 and have completed at least two years of undergraduate study when applying for general scholar programs;
  • Be a master's degree holder or an associate professor (or above) under the age of 50 when applying for senior scholar programs.

Application Process - Online

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Only Chinese and English are accepted for the online application.

  1. Visit or and
  2. Click “Scholarship Application for Students” on the left-hand side of the webpage to create an account
  3. Activate your account by clicking the link sent to your mail (The link will only be valid for 7 days and it might be sent to spam box)
  4. Sign in and Click “Registration online” for registration
  5. Fill in the correct Program Category and Agency Number
    • Program Category’ is Type A and ‘Agency Number’ is 8401. Once the correct ‘Agency Number’ is entered, the name of the agency will automatically appear
      • An Agency Number represents a specific application receiving agency and a correct choice of Program Category is necessary before filling in the Agency Number
    • Please make sure you complete this correctly, otherwise, applicants will not be able to continue the online application or the application will not be accepted

Please make sure:

  • Your name on the application form is consistent with your name on your passport. This is very important for the later visa application.
  • Your home address is an American address if you want to apply for a VISA in U.S.
  • You can always be reached at the permanent contact information listed. Notices for interview and award letter will be sent to your email. Please check your mailbox regularly and reply ASAP; otherwise you may lose your opportunity. Permanent contact information will be used to deliver your Admission package (usually by UPS).
  • To fill in the contact information of your family member if you have no contact in China Fill in the Online Application Form and Upload Supporting Documents truthfully, correctly and completely following the steps listed on the left of the page
  • Applicants are required to select a discipline before choosing their majors; please refer to the 'Disciplines Index,' which can be downloaded from ‘Help,’ if there are any questions about the disciplines and majors
  • Applicants are required to submit a Foreigner Physical Education Form completed in English. The form can be downloaded here.
    • Print and keep the completed form for your records as you will need it for the visa application.
    • Please select the appropriate time to take physical examination as the result is valid for only 6 months.
  • Review each part of the Application carefully before submitting it and  Click "Submit" to submit the Application
    • The submitted documents will be the only reference for the applied universities to confirm admission
    • Applicants can make changes to the application by clicking "Withdraw and Edit the Application" on the top of the page; but make sure to submit it again by clicking "Submit" after finishing all the changes; otherwise, the retrieved application will become invalid and the new application will not be received either.
  • Starting in 2019, hard copies are no longer required. The submitted documents will be the only reference for the applied universities to confirm admission.
  • Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must have notarized Chinese or English translations

Application Process - Supporting Documents

Applicants to the Chinese Government Scholarship will be required to prepare and upload the following Supporting Documents to their Online Application

  1. Notarized highest diploma: Prospective diploma winners must submit official proof of student status by their current school. Documents in languages other than Chinese or 
English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations. 

  2. Academic transcripts: Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be 
attached with notarized Chinese or English translations. 

  3. A Study Plan or Research Proposal in Chinese or English: A minimum of 300 words for 
undergraduates, 500 words for non-degree students, and 800 words for postgraduates. 
The proposal should include a detailed description of your motivation to study in China, interest in learning/researching the targeted subject, early studies on the subject, what you plan to learn/research in the following years, and the academic fit of your targeted university in China.
  4. Recommendation letters: Applicants for graduate programs or senior scholar programs must submit two letters of recommendation in Chinese or English from professors or 
associate professors. 

  5. Applicants for music studies are requested to submit their own works. Applicants for fine 
arts programs must submit their own works, which are to include two sketches, two color 
paintings, and two other works. 

  6. Applicants under the age of 18 should submit the valid documents of their legal guardians 
in China. 

  7. Applicants planning to stay in China for more than 6 months must submit a photocopy of 
the Foreigner Physical Examination Form completed in English (the original copy should be kept by the applicant). The form designed by the Chinese quarantine authority can be downloaded from or The physical examinations must cover all the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, the official stamp of the hospital or a sealed photograph of the applicants are invalid. Please select the appropriate time to take physical examination as the result is valid for only 6 months. 

  8. Pre-admission Letter from Chinese Government Scholarship universities (if available)
  9. Language qualification certificate – e.g., HSK certificates, IELTS or TOFEL report 
(if applicable)

Passport & Visa

  • Visa application fee: $333.50 (to be covered by scholarship recipients)
  • UK Confucius Institute will assist in the visa application for recipients
  • A valid passport is also needed for this trip
    • The passport must be valid for at least six months after the trip

International Travel Registration

  • If you are earning academic credit from an institution in China or UK course credit for work done in China (for example, independent study credit), you must complete a separate application through UK Education Abroad & Exchanges. For more information on this process, please contact Assistant Director of Education Abroad Niamh Minion at
  • If you will not be earning academic credit during your time in China, you must register with the Office of International Health, Safety & Security.
  • If you are enrolled in dissertation residency credit, please contact Jason Hope at, Director of the Office of International Health, Safely & Security, for more information.
  • Final acceptance cannot be confirmed until applicants have registered with the appropriate office.
  • As part of the registration process, all students will be enrolled in UK’s international travel medical insurance & evacuation coverage. The cost of this coverage ($10.50 per week) will be billed to their student account. For full-time UK faculty and staff members, UK's international insurance coverage is offered at no cost.

Attend Orientation

OCI will host two mandatory orientations for scholarship recipients to prepare them for their time in China. 

PDF icon 2020 Foreigner Physical Examination Form