China Scholarship Council Doctoral Scholarships


Applicants: check with CSC (likely March 2020)

Annual Value

Approximately $26,400 stipend plus tuition costs



Degree Level


The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is a government agency in China which provides scholarships to students for doctoral and postdoctoral studies abroad. UBC has developed an agreement with the CSC and with specific Chinese universities to be a preferred host institution for CSC scholarship holders. These scholarships will be awarded to students across a wide range of disciplines.

2019: The CSC online application opens between March 10 and March 31, 2019 (Beijing Time zone).



Chinese citizens living in China and wanting to pursue doctoral studies at a North American university are eligible to apply. In order to apply for the CSC scholarship, a student normally must first have received a formal offer of admission from the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. By special arrangement, some students from Nankai, Sichuan, Jilin, and Nanjing Universities might be offered a CSC, contingent upon receiving an offer of admission from UBC.

Application Procedures

 Applying to UBC as a Full Doctoral Student

  • Determine which graduate program you would like to apply to and visit the program’s website to learn more.
  • Collect the required transcripts and reference letters
  • Take the TOEFL or IELTS test, and ensure your test results are sent to the University of British Columbia (institution code: 0965)
  • Investigate faculty members in the graduate program you intend to apply to. Many graduate programs recommend that before applying, you make contact via email with a faculty member in the department under whose mentorship you would like to study. This person may be able to support your application in the selection process
  • Apply online and arrange to have your transcripts and letters sent to the graduate program you are applying to. You must indicate on the application that you will apply for the CSC scholarship
  • Once you have received an offer of admission from UBC, apply to the CSC doctoral scholarship program via your current university. For more information, see:

Applying to UBC as a Visiting Doctoral Student

  • Research the UBC website and identify one or two UBC professors that you believe would be a good match for your research interests. A searchable database of faculty members and their research areas can be found at:
  • Write a short summary of your research project or interests, and your reasons for wanting to come to UBC as a visiting doctoral student
  • Contact the professors via email and send your research summary. Ask whether he or she will accept you as a visiting student. Be sure to mention that you will be applying for a CSC scholarship to cover your expenses. The professor may ask you to send transcripts or letters of reference, or to provide TOEFL test results
  • If a supervisor agrees to accept you, you will need to apply to come to UBC as a Visiting International Research Student (VIRS). Details of the application process, etc. can be found on the VIRS website
  • A letter of invitation or a letter of admission to attend UBC will be sent to you
  • Once you receive this letter, apply for the CSC visiting doctoral student scholarship. For more information, see:

Nomination Procedures

If a program wishes to recommend a potential CSC recipient for admission, the admitting program must commit to providing financial support that is adequate to cover tuition costs for the student for the duration of the CSC Scholarship (normally four years). UBC-V students will also be awarded the International Tuition Award (ITA, currently $3,200 per year), so programs are responsible for the difference between the student's tuition and the amount of ITA funding. Thus, the required commitment of funding from the admitting program (based on 2018-19 tuition fees) would be $5,404.66 (tuition of $8,604.66 less $3,200 ITA) per year.

The funds for this financial support can come from any combination of RA-ships, TA-ships or awards. Ongoing funding is conditional upon the student’s adequate academic progress in the program.

Profiles of Award Holders

Bei Jiang

Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Generating innovation in urban planning: Applying the Ecosystem Service assessment to planning projects

Zhongshou Wu

Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)
Identification and Analysis of Immune Regulating E3 Ligases and Their Ubiquitination Substrates

Further Information

For further information, please visit the China Scholarship Council website.

Questions about CSC funding at UBC can be directed to