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China Scholarship Council - University of Adelaide
Joint Postgraduate Scholarships Program

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) and The University of Adelaide (UA) will jointly sponsor up to twenty (20) selected students from the People's Republic of China annually to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy degree program at the University of Adelaide.

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.

  • Eligibility Criteria for China Scholarships

    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. 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.
    • Satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC by completing the CSC Application Form and the CSC Employer Reference Form at
    • University of Adelaide graduates who have a First Class Honours degree or a Masters degree with an approved research project may be considered for nomination for a four year PhD scholarship. University of Adelaide graduates who hold a coursework 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 may lodge their application directly with the AGC once they have identified a supervisor.

    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, Beacon).

    Favourably sponsored areas of study for this program include but are not limited to the following areas:

    1. Agriculture, including Soil Science, Animal and Plant Science, and Food Science
    2. Environmental Science, including Water Security, Toxicology
    3. Engineering, including Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Engineering
    4. Health Sciences, including One Health and Veterinary Science
    5. Vaccine Development
    6. Social Sciences, including Public Policy, Sociology, Geography
    7. Synchrotron Science – all experimental science that uses a synchrotron for research (subject to approval of the Australian government and availability of the synchrotron)
    8. Science – Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Physics

    The CSC and The University of Adelaide encourage the Chinese universities and institutions having collaborative relationship with The University of Adelaide to recommend students and faculties for this program.  Where possible, co-supervision between The University of Adelaide and the Chinese universities from which the candidate comes will be encouraged.

  • Benefits

    The China Scholarship Council will provide successful candidates with a living stipend as prescribed from time to time by the Chinese Government (which includes Overseas Student Health Cover) for up to 48 months, a return international airfare and visa application fees.

    For successful candidates, The University of Adelaide will provide scholarship support by waiving the cost of full tuition and other compulsory student fees for up to 48 months (Adelaide University China Fee Scholarship - AUCFS). This fee waiver does not include the compulsory Overseas Student Health Cover which the Australian Commonwealth Government requires students to purchase.

    Funding support from the China Scholarship Council will be provided through the Chinese Consulate in Australia, which will distribute student stipends to students.

  • Application Procedures

    Note. This process can take several weeks, so we encourage you to begin the process as soon as possible.


    • 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.
    • Refer to the Admission and/or Scholarship Application Process.
    • Read the 2017 Common Questions.
    • Email the Adelaide Graduate Centre your expression of interest. Included in your email please scan and attach the documents identified below (PDF or JPEG files only; we are unable to open compressed files):
      • an official English translation of your undergraduate and postgraduate academic records;
      • confirmation of when you will complete your current studies (month and year);
      • 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;
      • evidence that you have met the University of Adelaide's minimum English Language Proficiency results, or the date when you have booked an exam; and
      • correspondence with a prospective University of Adelaide supervisor (if you have already contacted an academic member of staff). If you would like assistance in seeking supervision please indicate this in your expression of interest.
    • Based on the information provided the Adelaide Graduate Centre will make an initial assessment of your eligibility to apply for admission into a Doctor of Philosophy and an Adelaide University China Fee Scholarship.


    • Formal applications must be lodged via the University of Adelaide's online application system.
    • China Scholarship applicants should apply for ADMISSION (not ADMISSION AND A SCHOLARSHIP). In the FINANCIAL SUPPORT section please select the following option: “Seeking sponsorship from the China Scholarship Council”. 
    • Complete applications with all supporting documentation (including evidence of having met the minimum English Language Proficiency requirements) must be submitted by 31 January 2017. Incomplete applications will not be processed.


    • If you are accepted into the PhD program and awarded an Adelaide University China Fee Scholarship, you must then apply to the China Scholarship Council Application for sponsorship. More information can be found on their website:
    • Please contact the China Scholarship Council for notification of their application requirements.
  • Selection Process and Timeframes

    1 October 2016
    Applications open for the semester 2, 2017 (September 2017) and semester 1, 2018 (February 2018) intakes.

    31 January 2017
    Deadline for submission of formal applications via the online application system.

    1 March 2017
    The University of Adelaide will provide the China Scholarship Council and each qualified candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy with a copy of the letter of acceptance.  The letter will be unconditional in terms of academic performance and English language proficiency.

    5 April 2017
    PhD candidates who have been granted the letter of acceptance shall apply to the China Scholarship Council for funding following the procedures set by the CSC.

    End of May 2017
    The China Scholarship Council will provide The University of Adelaide with a final list of scholarship recipients and inform the successful candidates directly.

    September 2017 to February 2018
    Successful applicants commence PhD studies.

  • Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows

    Information for University of Adelaide Staff (Restricted Access)

    The University of Adelaide may invite selected citizens from the People's Republic of China to conduct research at The University of Adelaide as a jointly sponsored visiting scholar for up to 12 months or as a postdoctoral fellow for up to 24 months. 
    Interested applicants should contact the relevant Faculty / School / Discipline directly.
    Approved candidates will receive a letter of invitation by 1 January, and should apply to the CSC by 15 January for funding following the procedures set by the CSC.

    Note. The Adelaide Graduate Centre is not involved in the management of visiting scholars nor postdoctoral fellows.


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