China Scholarship Council (CSC) Funding for 2011
This is a funding opportunity for Chineses students to pursue graduate studies in Biology. CSC provides a stipend of $1200 per month and a round trip ticket home for each of 4 years in the PhD program. On top of that the Biology Dept will provide a total of about $13000 per year in funding, composed of a full TAship (about $7000) and a Queen's Graduate Award (about $6000). If the student is also awarded an ITA from Queen's (about $5000) this will be deducted from the QGA portion of the funding provided by the Biology Dept. If, for any reason, the student is not able to do a full TAship, the shortfall in funding is to be obtained from the supervisor in the form of an RAship. The student must pay full international tuition fees. Further details of this program below:
- There are two windows for applications: March and May
- The deadline for the first round of applications is March 20; CSC will evaluate these applicants’ materials in April.
- The deadline for the second round of applications is May 20; CSC will evaluate these applicants’ materials in June.
- The “5000 Scholarship Programme” makes 2500 PhD scholarships and 2500 Joint-PhD scholarships available per year.
- These scholarships are divided up into allocations for 60 universities: the list is attached. All “985” and some “211”project Universities are included.
- If an allocation (quota) is used up by one university, that allocation can be increased the next year for the university:
- For example, if Peking University was allocated 200 this year but did not use this quota up, they would not have an increase in the number of scholarships allocated
- If Peking University used up all their 200 allocated scholarships, the number could be increased to 300 next year
- Each school will announce the allocation for their school so that students can contact foreign universities to make their applications
- The CSC also has the “1000 Scholarship Programme”, which makes scholarships available to 1000 students per year for PhD studies abroad.
- For this programme, applicants from universities must be 4th year undergraduates or in their 1st year of their PhD or current graduate students in a Master program from Universities which are not/not on the top 60 list
- For this program, applications are also accepted from individuals who are in government or business organizations.
- For both programs, The CSC pays for flight, accomodation, and living expenses. The current rate is approximately 1200 CAD per month; this rate may be raised in January 2010.
- Universities typically identify one point person at their institution to liaise with the CSC
- A list with names of the scholarship recipients (in English) can be made available each June
Who is qualified to receive a CSC PhD scholarship?
- Only students at the 60 universities with CSC agreements can apply for these scholarships
- Students must be either 4th year undergraduates or in their 1st year of their PhD or current graduate students in a Master program
- NB: There are no Master scholarships. However, a letter of offer to a 4th year undergrad from a foreign university can indicate that the offer will lead to a PhD degree.
Duration and conditions of funding:
- A contract is signed with each student regarding their responsibilities:
- The student must return to China upon completion of their PhD
- If they do not return, they must pay the scholarship fees back with a 30% fine to the Consulate or Embassy -- in one lump sum
- If this fee is not paid in Canada, a guarantor in China, identified prior to departure, will be responsible for paying. According to the CSC, this fee is ordinarily paid back with few defaulting.
- Funding is available up to a maximum of 48 months
- Students can stay on if they have not finished their PhD, but there would be no funding after the 48 month threshold [i.e. post-doc]
- The student must apply for an extension and provide justification for an extension
Is a separate agreement needed with individual universities?
- The advantage of signing an agreement with the CSC is that the foreign universities have access to a pool of 60 top schools
- For Chinese universities, the contract with the CSC is a source of prestige; for the student, this national-level CSC scholarship is a source of prestige as well
- The local Chinese Consulate/ Embassy can provide additional services to the students [i.e. welcome events, support]
What if a professor will only accept a student with CSC support ?
- A conditional letter of acceptance should be prepared.
- The conditional letter of acceptance should indicate that if the student receives the CSC Scholarship, the tuition will be waived.
- If a professor has research funding that is equivalent to or more than the cost of tuition which can be made available to the student, this can be considered in lieu of a tuition waiver. The information should be provided to the CSC as part of the conditional letter of acceptance.
Why do some students say they have received a CSC scholarship already?
- These students may attend one of the 60 schools with agreements
- The student may have been "promised" a scholarship. However, all students must apply for the scholarships with a letter of offer from a foreign school.
What is the distinction between PhD, Joint PhD, and Visiting Scholars?
PhD student will undertake the entire PhD program at the foreign university
Joint PhD student would be a current PhD student in a Chinese university in their 1st or 2nd year
- The student would do some research in Canada, and then return back to China.
- Usually the student's advisor in China would have made the connection with an advisor at the foreign institution.
- This arrangement enables the advisors also to collaborate internationally
- If the universities have a partnership or other type of agreement, the student may be eligible for a dual diploma
Visiting Scholars: if they have a PhD, then it would be a post-doc. A visiting scholar is defined by the study not/not being a PhD program
- If they do not, then they would be classified as a Visiting Scholar
- The Scholar could be a faculty member, or government / other organization employee
- The duration of this program would be one year only.
CSC also provided us with Education Contacts at the Chinese Embassies and Consulates in Canada as follows:
Education Section of Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver, http://www.chinaconsulatevan.org/ .