Chinese Provincial Government Scholarships Overview
For the academic year 2024–2025, the Chinese Provincial Government Scholarships are accepting applications from international students who wish to study undergraduate, graduate, or language courses at prestigious Chinese universities. These scholarships are fully supported and include housing, health insurance, and a monthly living allowance.
Chinese Provincial Administration The provincial administrations, including those of the four Chinese cities known as “municipalities under central jurisdiction” (Beijing, Tianjin, Chongqing, and Shanghai), which serve as provinces in and of themselves, award scholarships.
Chinese Provincial Government Scholarships can be used for Chinese language study as well as undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. The provincial government does not, however, offer scholarships to all universities for all kinds of studies. You should thoroughly review your situation.
The primary characteristic of these scholarships is that the application must be submitted solely and directly to the intended university. To achieve this, you must first confirm that the university of your choosing accepts applicants who have earned provincial government scholarships for the program of study of your choice.
Instead of studying Chinese, these scholarships are typically for bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree programs. The scholarship allotment for this last program is substantially smaller, though still feasible. For instance, none of the universities under the control of the Shanghai government give scholarships for Chinese language studies.
But bear in mind that you must possess a valid HSK diploma or Chinese level (from 4 onward, check the requirements on the website of your university) if you want to use this scholarship to study a degree or a postgraduate degree.
Types of Chinese Provincial Government Scholarships:
- Type A: Postgraduate Studies (Master or Doctorate)
- Type B: Bachelor’s Degree
- Type C: Long-term Advanced Studies (e.g., Chinese Language Courses)
Characteristics of Chinese Provincial Government Scholarships:
- Scholarship Benefits: The benefits vary depending on the province and level of education. Generally, scholarships cover registration fees, accommodation, and health insurance. Full scholarships also provide a monthly stipend for personal expenses.
- Number of Scholarships: Each university has a quota of scholarships for different course types. Competition for limited scholarships may be fierce, so research thoroughly.
- Duration of Scholarships: Duration varies by university and course type, with bachelor and doctoral studies typically lasting 3-4 years, master’s programs lasting 2-3 years, and language courses spanning 1-2 years. Renewal is contingent on academic performance.
Eligibility Requirements for Chinese Provincial Government Scholarships:
- Non-Chinese nationality
- No concurrent Chinese government scholarships
- Age limits vary by university:
- 25-30 years for undergraduate studies
- 30-35 years for master’s or Chinese language courses
- 40 years for doctoral studies
- Check with your chosen university for specific qualifications.
Documents Required for Chinese Provincial Government Scholarships:
- Completed application form (available on the university’s scholarship section website)
- HSK diploma (for Chinese language courses) – typically HSK4 for undergraduates and HSK5 for master’s or doctoral students
- TOEFL or IELTS diploma (if studying in English and not from an English-speaking country)
- Official medical form or Foreigner Physical Examination Form
- Highest degree and academic transcript
- Study plan/research proposal
- Two letters of recommendation (for master’s or doctoral students)
- Additional documents as requested by universities
How to Apply for Chinese Provincial Government Scholarships:
- Apply between January and May (some universities accept applications until June).
- Complete the online application on the university’s platform.
- Attach all required documents in PDF format.
- Submit all documents, including a copy of the application form, to your chosen university by the deadline. Hand-delivery is preferred; otherwise, consider using a reliable courier.
- Results are typically announced before July 31 on the same website where you submitted your application.
List of Chinese Provincial Government Scholarships:
- Shanghai Government Scholarship: Offers scholarships in various disciplines, including tuition exemption, accommodation, medical insurance, and monthly living expenses. Two types: Type A (full scholarship) and Type B (partial scholarship).
- Beijing Government Scholarship: Established to attract more foreign students to study in Beijing, with scholarships classified into three categories, the highest providing 40,000 yuan per recipient.
- Hubei Government Scholarship: Offers scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, general scholars, and advanced scholars. Amounts vary based on the type of scholarship.
Explore these provincial government scholarships and seize the opportunity to pursue your academic dreams in China. Good luck with your scholarship application!
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