China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarships

The University of Hull has a long history of participating in the China Scholarship Council (CSC) schemes. We are pleased to announce that applications to study a full-time PhD starting in September 2019 are now open to Chinese students in all subject fields.

The deadline to submit your application to the University of Hull is 15 February 2019.

Candidates successful in achieving the CSC scholarship, receive the following

  • The University of Hull will cover 100% of tuition fees during your PhD study*.
  • The China Scholarship Council will provide living allowance, a return international airfare between China and the UK and funding to cover passport and visa fees.

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

Key dates

  • 15 February 2019 – submit your online application by this deadline. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible as competition for places is high. 
  • 1 March 2019 – you must formally accept our offer in writing and meet all outstanding conditions of your offer by this date. Further details are included under the ‘how to apply’ section below.
  • 8 March 2019 - the University of Hull will notify all candidates who have been successfully nominated to apply to the CSC.
  • 20 March – 5 April 2019 – if you are nominated, you must apply directly to the CSC, online. For guidance on their application process and contact detail, check their official website.
  • By end of May 2019 – the CSC will notify all successful candidates. You must send a copy of your CSC scholarship letter to us at

How to apply

  1. If you haven't identified your supervisor already, you can search the university website for academic staff to discuss supervision of your PhD. (Select your subject area to link to the relevant staff). Or, find out more about our research, including our research institutes.
  2. Once you find your preferred supervisor, you need to prepare a research proposal with their assistance and guidance. Guidance on how to write a research proposal is provided on our website

  3. You must submit an online application by 15 February 2019 using MyAdmin.

    • Create a MyAdmin account and choose ‘Postgraduate Applicant – Create a Postgraduate Account’. You can then complete the online application form (this takes around 5 to 10 minutes and we provide plenty of guidance).
    • On the second page of your application, select “research” as the programme type and indicate that you are applying for the “CSC scholarship”using the drop-down menu. If you are unable to choose this, use the Research Topic field and type in CSC followed by your research topic title. 
  • On the last page of your application, you will need to upload supporting documents. You should upload the following

a) Copy of your full and most recent academic transcript in Chinese and its official translation into English.

b) Research proposal

c) Current CV

d) Personal statement explaining your interest in your chosen PhD research area, why you would like to study at the University of Hull specifically and what your career aspirations are. Guidance is available on our website.

e) Copy of your Bachelor Certificate and Graduation Certificate with a copy of their official translation into English if you have these already. Don’t worry if not.

f) At least one recent academic reference provided on official institutional headed paper with full details of your referee, their contact details and signature. 

g) Copy of your passport you are using to make your Tier 4 visa application.

h) Copy of your most recent academic IELTs test results. We require academic IELTS with minimum 6.0 overall (with 5.5 in each skill), or other accepted qualification.

As a minimum, you must include items a, b, c and d from the above before you can submit your application. Although you can supply the rest of your supporting documents later, please include as many as you can at the start, as this will help us to make a decision on your application. 

4. We aim to inform you of our decision by 1 March 2019. However, applicants who apply early, will receive our decision sooner. 

If you receive an offer to study at the University of Hull

By the 1 March 2019 at the latest, you must

  • Formally accept our offer in writing to the postgraduate admissions team by emailing
  • Meet all outstanding conditions of your offer. Your offer can remain conditional only on one or both of the below (if applicable)

i. ATAS certificate - some programmes require that you present us with an ATAS certificate. If this applies to you, it will be stated on your offer. Although you can apply for your ATAS certificate as early as 9 months before the start of your programme, your ATAS certificate is only valid for 6 months and must be valid at the time of your Tier 4 visa application. Therefore, you need to take this into account when you make your application to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Please see the official website for more information.

ii. If your offer is conditional on successful completion of your current Bachelor or Master’s degree.

This is why we recommend you apply as early as possible. 

  • The University of Hull will notify all candidates who have been successfully nominated to apply to the CSC by 8 March 2019.
  • If you are nominated, you will need to apply directly to the CSC between 20 March and 5 April 2019 (to be confirmed by CSC). 
  • Final award outcome for the scholarship will be notified directly to you by the CSC by the end of May 2019. Once you receive your scholarship letter from the CSC, you will need to send us a copy to

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If you have any questions about the scholarship or the application process, please contact us at

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