Applications Now Open For 2014-15 Chinese Government Scholarship

For Cornell Students & Faculty Via Cornell's China and Asia Pacific Studies Program (CAPS)

The Chinese Government Scholarship Program is established by the Ministry of Education of China (hereinafter referred to as MOE) in accordance with educational exchange agreements or understandings reached between the Chinese government and governments of other countries, organizations, education institutions and relevant international organizations to provide both full scholarships and partial scholarships to international students and scholars. The MOE entrusts the China Scholarship Council (hereinafter referred to as CSC) to handle the enrollment of international students and carry out the routine management of the Chinese Government Scholarship Program.

Applicants from Cornell University shall apply via the CAPS Program. Applicants must submit applications to the CAPS Office at M101 McGraw Hall by Friday, February 7th, 2014. CAPS will review all the applications, and recommend up to three most qualified candidates for further submission to the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) via the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York.

Eligibility: Cornell undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates, as well as faculty who wish to pursue Chinese language instruction or study in other fields as a general scholar or a senior scholar for up to one academic year are eligible to apply for Chinese Government Scholarship.Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens and be in good health.

Selection of Institutions and Specialty: Applicants can choose one academic program and three institutions according to their personal preference from the list of Chinese higher education institutions (HEIs) designated by MOE. Please check the Directory of Chinese Higher Institutions Admitting International Students under the Chinese Government Scholarship Program at or Only the listed Chinese HEIs in the Directory are available to the applicants for their study in China.  Applicants may contact their preferred institutions directly and consult about the programs of their interest for details.

Main Features of the Full Scholarship: a waiver of fee for registration, tuition, laboratory experiment, internship, and basic textbooks; free on-campus dormitory accommodation; monthly living allowance; one-off settlement subsidy; outpatient medical service and Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Protection Scheme for International Students in China; one-off inter-city travel subsidy.

Application Documents: The applicants must provide the following materials (in duplicate):

Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship (completed in Chinese or English language). The candidates shall fill in the online application form and print it after submitting it online. The CSC Online Application System for Study in China is available on (Please see the instruction for online application in the box below.)

Instructions for Online Application:

Step 1: Log on The applicants should register for username and password before logging in.

Step 2: After logging on the system, please read the ONLINE APPLICATION GUIDANCE and follow the steps.

Step 3: Click on the button "NEXT" and select the scholarship you want to apply. (Please select the Chinese Government Scholarship, unless you are applying for the other Cooperation Program Scholarship)

Step 4: Please note that the "Agency No is one of the crucial parts of your online application. It is listed in the first blank under the "PERSONAL DATA". Please make sure that you fill it in correctly otherwise you will not be able to continue your online application. Your AGENCY NO is 8404.

Step 5: Please fill in the online application form truly, correctly and completely following the steps listed on the left of the page. The applicants are required to select the disciplines before choosing their majors. Any inquiry about the disciplines and majors please refer to the Discipline Index, which could be downloaded from Help.

Step 6: Preview the application form after finishing it and submit it online.

Step 7: Please download the finished application form by clicking the button "DOWNLOAD APPLICATION and print out two copies.

Step 8: Please prepare other supporting documents as required and send the full package of application documents to the dispatching authorities in duplicate.  Be sure to upload the application, otherwise it cannot be processed by the consulate.

Highest diploma (notarized photocopy). Applicants shall also provide proof of studying on application. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized translations in Chinese or English. Official transcripts. Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized translations in Chinese or English. A study or research plan. All applicants are required to submit a study or research plan (no less than 200 words for undergraduates). It must be in Chinese or in English. Two Recommendation letters. Applicants for music programs are requested to submit one CD recording of the applicants' own work. Applicants for fine arts programs must submit one CD recording of the applicants' own work (including two sketches, two color paintings and two other works). Photocopy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form (the original copy should be kept by the applicant). The form printed by Chinese quarantine authority could be downloaded from The medical examinations must cover all the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, the official stamp of the hospital or a sealed photograph of the applicants are invalid. Please select the appropriate time to have medical examination done, as it is valid for only 6 months. All applicants are kindly requested to take this factor into consideration when determining the time to take their medical examination.

NOTE: The above documents should be bound on top left corner (in duplicate). No application documents will be returned. The above materials must be submitted to the CAPS Office at M101 McGraw Hall by 3:00 pm on Friday, February 7th, 2014. When the candidates are selected, all their application materials will be mailed to the China scholarship Council (CSC) in Beijing via the Chinese Consulate-General in New York for final approval before Saturday, February 15th, 2014.

Find the details of the Chinese Government Scholarship Program at:

Approval and Notification

The Chinese Consulate General in New York will forward all the applications materials to the China Scholarship Council (CSC) for processing. CSC will assess all the application documents and CSC reserves the right to make necessary adjustments on the proposed institutions, specialties and duration of study. The qualified applications will be forwarded to institutions for academic competence and they will forward their nominations to CSC for approval. The applications will be regarded as invalid and will not be accepted if they fail to meet the enrollment requirements or the application documents are incomplete. Applicants are encouraged to contact the institutions and tutors prior to submitting their applications, and enclose the relevant affiliation or recommendation letter in the application materials. Scholarship applicants accepted by Chinese institutions of higher education will be officially awarded the Chinese Government Scholarship with the approval from CSC and submitted to MOE for the record. Students are not permitted, in principle, to change their specialties, institutions or the duration of study specified in the Admission Notice after registration. CSC will send the List of Accepted Students, Admission Notice and Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW201) to the relevant dispatching authorities (the Chinese Consulate General China in New York) by July 31, 2014, who will notify the US university immediately and forward the documents to the accepted students/scholars via CAPS.

The accepted applicants can then apply for visa to study in China. Details for visa application can be found at:

Please note that when applying for Study Visa (X Visa), you need to photocopy the Admission Notice (enrollment letter) and Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW201) while the original form should be brought to China to register at the university.

You must complete the Visa Application Form of the People's Republic of China online, print and sign it. (Please go to:

X Visa holders must apply for a residence permit at the local public security authorities within 30 days of entry into China. 

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