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The 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.

The University of Manchester is pleased to continue the formal partnership with the China Scholarship Council to develop high calibre research collaborations between the UK and Chinese universities and research institutions.

The University of Manchester will cover full tuition fees for the period of the relevant programme as outlined in the offer letter (usually three years). CSC will provide living allowances as prescribed by the Chinese Government, and will cover the round-trip international airfare for students from China to the United Kingdom, visa and passport application fees.

Eligibility criteria

To be considered suitable for the joint scholarship, you must be a citizen and permanent resident 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).

You must also:

  • return to China upon completion of your studies and/or research;
  • hold an Upper Second class UK honours undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) from a reputable institution;
  • hold an unconditional offer letter from The University of Manchester;
  • ideally hold a master's-level qualification at merit or distinction (or international equivalent);
  • have a track record of engaging with research, which may include contributions to publications/articles, promoting your research to a wider audience, prizes for research or project work;
  • satisfy CSC's selection criteria.

How to apply

Complete our online application form

As you must be in receipt of an unconditional PhD offer, you must first follow our usual admissions process by completing an online application form. See information on potential projects and supervisors.

On your application form in the funding section, state that you are applying for the University of Manchester Scholarship, in particular a UoM-CSC Award.

We ask that online PhD applications are submitted by 17 January 2022 to enable review, interview and supervisor selection. 

Please note this is the proposed closing date for applications to Manchester and may be subject to change once the CSC has confirmed their application deadline, which needs to be met once an academic offer has been confirmed by Manchester. Further information on this and any changes to the 17 January 2022 University application deadline will be provided here.

Complete a nomination form

Once you have been interviewed and offered a PhD place, you will then work with your primary supervisor to complete the nomination form, which needs to be submitted to the Faculty Doctoral Academy by 18 February 2022.

All nominations will be reviewed internally and a shortlist of candidates will be selected to apply to the CSC directly. We award six scholarships – two per School within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.

Key dates

Applications for 2022 projects are now open.

Application deadline: 17 January 2022


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.

Good luck and we hope to see you soon.