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China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarships

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Study type
Postgraduate Research

Eligibility
Chinese PhD students

About this award

The University of Hull has a long history of participating in the China Scholarship Council (CSC) scheme, which provides funding to Chinese nationals for a range of PhD programmes. We are also an official CSC partner.

The CSC PhD scholarship programme enables talented Chinese students to undertake a PhD programme at the University of Hull, building on Hull’s strong relationship with China. There are 10 full scholarships per year available for students to start a PhD. Students can apply for a PhD in any subject area.

Each scholarship covers:

If you are successful in your application for the CSC scholarship, you will receive the following funding:

  • The University of Hull will cover 100% of tuition fees during your PhD study, which is three years in length.
  • You may enter a writing-up period at the end of the three years. The University of Hull will cover the fees during this period, but your scholarship from CSC will not usually cover you during the writing-up year (4th year).
  • The China Scholarship Council will provide living allowance for three years, a return international airfare between China and the UK and funding to cover passport and visa fees.


Research at the University of Hull is groundbreaking in a number of areas, particularly Net Zero, Health, Social Justice, Flooding and Creative Industries. Find out more about our research or watch our film about Postgraduate study at the University of Hull.

We have four Faculties at the University of Hull as well as a number of Research Institutes. Below are links to further information about research at the University of Hull.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Research areas in the Faculty of Science and Engineering

Search for a supervisor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering 

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Research areas in the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Search for a supervisor in the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Faculty of Health Sciences

Research areas in the Faculty of Health Sciences

Search for a supervisor in the Faculty of Health Sciences 

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Research areas in the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Search for a supervisor in the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Energy and Environment Institute

Find out more about the research taking place in the Energy and Environment Institute

Contact Robert Dorrell for more information.

Wilberforce Institute

Find out more about the research taking place in the Wilberforce Institute

Find out more about Postgraduate Study at the Wilberforce Institute.

Contact Judith Spicksley for more information.

Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research (ICAHR)

Find out more about the research taking place at ICAHR.

How to apply

  1. Before you apply for a place to study at the University of Hull, you should talk to your proposed supervisor to develop a research proposal.
  2. Once you have developed this, you can apply for a place. You will need to log onto our website and apply for your chosen programme online. Search for a PhD programme.
  3. Please ensure that you tick the box for CSC scholarship – this is very important.
  4. Your application will be assessed by your proposed supervisor as well as other University of Hull staff.
  5. You will also be interviewed as part of the application process.
  6. If your application to Hull is successful, you still receive an offer of a place to study. Please note that this is not confirmation of the CSC scholarship.

Find out more about the international postgraduate applicant journey at Hull.

Important documents

  1. You may need to apply for an ATAS certificate, depending on which programme of study you choose. More information can be found here. Please start your ATAS application in good time, as there are often delays.
  2. English language. You will need evidence of English language proficiency. Please refer to our Admissions webpages for a full list of the tests we accept. Again, please prioritise this to avoid delays.
  3. Please have 2 academic references ready when you apply, or details of the referees so we can contact them on your behalf.
  4. We have lots of useful information on our website about how to apply for a visa.

Nomination to the China Scholarships Council

All applications are assessed by a competitive internal process and successful candidates will be nominated to CSC. The University of Hull will let you know whether or not you have been nominated. The timeline below gives you an overview of the key dates for applying for a place to study at Hull through this scheme.

Timeline

Date

What

11 February 2022

Deadline for you to apply to Hull

18 February 2022

Deadline for all offers of a place to study at Hull to be issued to CSC candidates

25 February 2022

Deadline for you to accept offer of a place to study

w/c 28 February 2022

You will find out if you have been nominated to CSC

10 March 2022

Deadline for you to meet outstanding conditions of your offer apart from ATAS and Masters.

28 February – 10 March 2022

Once you have met the conditions you will be issued with an unconditional offer to be issued so that you can apply to CSC

10- 31 March 2022

Successful candidates now need to apply to CSC

 

Length of study

 Our standard PhDs are three years in duration with up to one year dedicated to the writing up of your thesis if required. Your offer letter and CAS (Certificate of Acceptance for Studies) will be four years in duration.

 

Eligibility

  • Chinese students with a strong academic background.
  • Students must hold a PR Chinese passport (applicants from Hong Kong or Taiwan are not eligible). Applicants can either be resident in China at the time of application or studying overseas.
  • Students with prior experience of studying overseas (including in the UK) are eligible to apply.
  • Successful scholarship applicants are required to return to China for a period of two years after completing their PhD.
  • Please visit our postgraduate admissions webpage to find out more about our eligibility criteria, including evidence of English language capability.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the scholarship or the application process, please contact us at csc@hull.ac.uk.

Other opportunities

We subscribe to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding, a resource for postgraduate students who are looking to fund PhD, Masters, and PGCE study in the UK through grants from charities, trusts, and foundations.

If you are a current student you can access this on campus or create an account using your university email address to search the funding database. If you are not yet a student you can email hefunding@hull.ac.uk to request access.

You can also find out about other PhD funding opportunities on our PhD scholarships webpage.

Visiting CSC scholars

We welcome applications for Joint PhD scholarship scheme. Please search for a suitable supervisor using the links above and also email csc@hull.ac.uk.