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University of Manchester-China Scholarship Council joint scholarship

The University of Manchester is proud to offer six scholarships for Chinese PhD students that will cover fees and living expenses for three years, thanks to a joint scheme between the University and the China Scholarship Council (CSC).

The China Scholarship Council is an organisation that provides financial support to Chinese citizens wishing to study abroad and for foreign students wishing to study in China.

Since 2015, the University of Manchester has been participating in a joint-award agreement with the China Scholarship Council to PhD students from China.

Eligibility and how to apply

To be eligible to apply, you need to hold an offer for PhD study from September 2017 onwards. The nomination deadline is 30 January 2017, so you will need to have received an offer from the University by this time. If you wish to apply for this award please submit an application to the University as soon as possible.

Once you have an offer, you can apply for the scholarship scheme on the CSC website between 28 March 2017 and 5 April 2017.

To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Candidates must be citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application.
  • Overseas Chinese students may be eligible for application subject to CSC policy at the time (CSC publicises the policy in October or November every year).
  • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their studies and/or research.
  • Candidates must hold an unconditional offer letter from The University of Manchester. You must therefore fulfil the relevant academic entry requirements set by the University, including a high level of English language proficiency, as outlined on the University's website.
  • Candidates should satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC.


China Scholarship Council students
The CSC September 2016 cohort alongside Tanya Luff, Head of International Relations, International Office

The CSC agreement will only cover projects set at our lowest band fees (Stand or Band 1). Band fee information can be found alongside the project details in the project search tool.

Further information regarding the scheme can be found on the country-specific page for China.‌


If you have any questions regarding studying at Manchester, please contact the Doctoral Academy at

For enquires to the China Scholarship Council, please contact Miss Zou Dongyun, Project Officer by email or telephone +86-(0)10 6609 3977.

You may also wish to contact one of our CSC scholars who has just started his PhD study in Neuroscience. His name is Arthur Yushi and he has written a blog post about his experience of applying. He can be contacted at and on Wechat account 115645571.

Good luck and we hope to see you soon.