China Scholarship Council - University of Adelaide Joint Postgraduate Scholarships Program
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The China Scholarship Council (CSC) and The University of Adelaide (UA) are jointly offering postgraduate research scholarships to students from the People's Republic of China who intend to undertake a postgraduate research degree at the University of Adelaide.
UA will provide an Adelaide University China Fee Scholarship (AUCFS) to each student selected under this program. This Scholarship will pay the full tuition fee.
CSC will provide each student selected under this program with a living allowance as prescribed from time to time by the Chinese Government for the term of the Scholarship, a return airfare to Australia by the most economical route, visa application fees, and the cost of the Australian Government approved Overseas Student Health Cover. Fares for dependants and removal expenses will not be provided.
Only candidates undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy program are eligible. If the selected Chinese students successfully complete the requirements of the program, they will be conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy degree by the University of Adelaide.
Scholarships under this program will be for up to four years, subject to satisfactory academic progress. An extension beyond three and a half years requires the approval of both CSC and the University.
On occasions the University of Adelaide may accept students into joint degree programs with Chinese University partner institutions whereby students spend part of their time at each of the two universities. Students interested in these arrangements should, prior to application, check with the Adelaide Graduate Centre to see if such an arrangement exists. In the event that such an agreement does exist students will be directed to a special application form as they should NOT use the standard China Scholarship Council-University of Adelaide application form.
The CSC also provides funding normally for 1 year for post-doctoral fellows to undertake research at overseas Universities. Chinese graduates who have completed and been awarded a doctorate and who are interested in undertaking a 12 month fellowship at the University of Adelaide should contact the School/Discipline directly.
Madam Zhang Xiuqin and Professor John Taplin
Signing Agreement to accept PhD students from China under the Scholarship Umbrella
Adelaide University China Fee Scholarships (AUCFS) will only be available to those applicants who:
- Are citizens and permanent residents of the People's Republic of China at the time of application;
- Are less than 35 years old at the time of application (this is a CSC eligibility requirement);
- Are a university student completing a master's degree, or enrolled as a first year PhD student, or new graduates from their university at the time of application;
- Agree to return to China upon completion of their studies and/or research;
- Hold an unconditional offer of enrolment at the University of Adelaide, which is subject to the applicant also being successful in applying for a CSC award. They must therefore fulfil the relevant academic entry requirements set by the University of Adelaide for all international scholarship holders, including a high level of English language proficiency;
- English is the language of instruction at the University of Adelaide and proficiency in speaking, listening to, reading and writing English is essential. The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the preferred English language proficiency although TOEFL scores are also accepted. Applicants who have not provided evidence that they have met the university's minimum English Language Proficiency requirements by the closing date are not eligible for a CSC scholarship. CSC applicants are not permitted to undertake Pre-Enrolment English programs as the CSC will not award scholarships to applicants who have not met the university's minimum ELP requirements for direct entry.
- The Scholarships will give priority to graduates of the Chinese universities listed as "985 Project" Universities.
- Satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC by completing the CSC Application Form and the CSC Employer Reference Form at http://apply.csc.edu.cn/
Applicants should be intending to pursue a PhD in one of the priority areas identified by CSC or one of those identified by the University of Adelaide. Currently, the seven priority areas for these scholarships are:
- High and New Technology in Agriculture
- Applied Social Science and WTO-related Areas (e.g., Finance)
- Energy Sources and Environment
- Life Science and Public Health
- Material Science and New Material
- Telecommunication and lnformation Technology
Important Change of Rules by China Scholarship Council (CSC)
We have been informed by the China Scholarship Council that, starting in 2012, students who hold citizenship of the Peoples Republic of China and who have completed a degree in Australia will be eligible to for CSC scholarships in the usual manner and can apply from Australia.
Students who have a First Class Honours degree or a Masters degree with an approved research project (15pts/48) may be considered for nomination for a four year PhD scholarship. Students with a straight Bachelors degree may be eligible to be nominated for a five year Masters/PhD program.
Students who hold a Masters degree should have an overall grade of Distinction with not less than a High Distinction in their research component(s).
University of Adelaide students who meet the CSC acceptance criteria do NOT need to go through the preliminary assessment procedures and may lodge their application directly with the AGC once they have identified a supervisor. (Email Ms Janelle Palmer, International Research Scholarships Officer to obtain a copy of the CSC Application Form).
Students wishing to apply for a CSC scholarship from the University of Adelaide should complete the CSC Application Form and submit a full application to the AGC with a recommendation to support the applicant from the relevant Executive Dean. Formal sign off will be made at the AGC based on the application and the Dean’s advice. Students will then be ranked on the final CSC list along with Chinese applicants. Students will ALSO need to apply to CSC in the normal manner defined on the CSC website: http://apply.csc.edu.cn/.
Students already enrolled in their PhD do not appear to be eligible and even if they were would only be considered if they were Australian graduates who have met the above standards.
Students who receive a CSC award for postgraduate study will not be eligible for other University of Adelaide or Australian Government funded scholarships (eg IPRS, ASI, AGRS).Further details will be lodged under the “Staff (Restricted Access)” segment of the CSC entry in the Scholarships Section of the AGC website.
Please note that this process can take several weeks, so we encourage you to begin the process as soon as possible!
Part 1 of the process: EXPRESSION OF INTEREST & PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF ELIGIBILITY
- Read the Frequently Asked Questions.
- Review the areas of study available at the University of Adelaide and the projects currently available to CSC applicants. (You can of course nominate your own research project based on your own interests but it may be useful for you). YOU SHOULD NOT APPROACH PROSPECTIVE SUPERVISORS DIRECTLY!
- Email the Adelaide Graduate Centre your expression your interest. Included in your email please scan and attach (PDF or JPEG files only; we are unable to open compressed files):
- an official English translation of your undergraduate and postgraduate academic records
- your CV (if you have published please include abstracts)
- a brief summary of your undergraduate and postgraduate research projects
- a draft research proposal of 1-2 pages addressing your preferred research topic, a brief literature survey, methodology, expected timeline and outcomes; and
- evidence of your IELTS (Academic) or TOEFL (Paper-based or Internet-based)results, or the date when you have booked an exam
- We encourage you to lodge your expression of interest with accompanying documentation to the Adelaide Graduate Centre by mid December so that we can commence assessing your eligibility prior to the Australian Christmas - New Year holiday break.
- Based on the information you provide the Dean of Graduate Studies will make an initial decision regarding your eligibility to apply for admission to a University of Adelaide PhD. If the Dean of Graduate Studies determines that you are eligible to apply we will contact the Faculty/ School/ Discipline to determine whether suitable supervisors are available to oversee your proposed research.
Part 2 of the process: FORMAL APPLICATION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
- If suitable supervisors are available the Adelaide Graduate Centre will invite you to submit a formal application and provide you with the appropriate application form. In order to apply you must use the special '2013 Application for University of Adelaide-China Fee Scholarship and admission to a PhD' form and your academic referees must use the '2013 CSC Confidential Academic Referee Report' form which will be provided to you. DO NOT USE THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM as this does not address the special criteria required for CSC applications.
- Discuss your application with an academic staff member at your Home University. Your Home University is required to demonstrate support for your application by completing the 'Certification' section of the application form. Without this support we cannot consider your application.
- Complete the application and include all documentation. All documentation must be certified. (Please refer to the final page of the application form for more details regarding requirements for certified documents).
- Confidential academic reference forms should be completed by hand and sealed in a signed envelope by your referee. You can then add these to the other application documentation to be sent.
- Forward your full application to the University of Adelaide by 31 January 2013 to:
Adelaide Graduate Centre
International Research Scholarships Officer
Level 6, 115 Grenfell Street
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide SA 5005 Australia
Part 3 of the process: FORMAL APPLICATION TO THE CHINA SCHOLARSHIP COUNCIL
- If you are accepted into the PhD program and awarded an Adelaide University China Fee Scholarship, you must then complete the China Scholarship Council Application and Employer Reference form which can be found at: http://apply.csc.edu.cn. Refer to the CSC scholarship application guidance.
- The closing date for applications to the China Scholarship Council is 20 March 2013.
10 September 2012
Applications open for the the semester 2, 2013 (September 2013) and semester 1, 2014 (February 2014) intakes.
31 January 2013
Closing date for "Application for University of Adelaide-China Fee Scholarship and admission to a PhD" to be received by Adelaide Graduate Centre.
20 March 2013
Applicants must submit their 'China Scholarship Council Application Form' to the China Scholarship Council. The University of Adelaide will provide the China Scholarship Council with a ranked list of suitable candidates to be considered for the scholarship program. Your Home University will also provide the China Scholarship Council with a ranked list of suitable candidates to be considered for the scholarship program.
End of May 2013
The China Scholarship Council will evaluate the listed candidates according to CSC requirements and priorities, and provide the University of Adelaide and your Home University with a shortlist of scholarship recipients. The China Scholarship Council will announce the final list of scholarship recipients and forward scholarship offer letters to successful candidates.
September 2013 to February 2014
Successful applicants commence PhD studies.
University of Adelaide
Adelaide Graduate Centre
The University of Adelaide
ADELAIDE SA 5005 AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 8 8303 5271