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China Scholarship Council
University of Adelaide
Joint Postgraduate Scholarships Program

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) and The University of Adelaide (UoA) 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.

The University will provide an Adelaide University China Fee Scholarship (AUCFS) to each student selected under this program. This scholarship will pay the full tuition fee.

The 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.

Agreement to accept PhD students from China under the Scholarship Umbrella

Madam Zhang Xiuqin and Professor John Taplin Signing Agreement to accept PhD students from China under the Scholarship Umbrella

  • 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. 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

    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
    • Engineering
    • Life Science and Public Health
    • Material Science and New Material
    • Telecommunication and lnformation Technology
  • Important Changes to the Rules

    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. (More information about how to apply will be made available when the round opens).

    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.

    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.
  • 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 2016 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 of your IELTS (Academic) or TOEFL (Paper-based or Internet-based) 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). Then in the FINANCIAL SUPPORT section you must select the following option: “Seeking sponsorship from the China Scholarship Council”. 
    • Complete applications with all supporting documentation must be submitted by 31 January 2016. 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 and deadlines.
  • Selection Process and Timeframes

    1 October 2015
    Applications open for the the semester 2, 2016 (September 2016) and semester 1, 2017 (February 2017) intakes.

    31 January 2016
    Deadine for submission of formal applications via the online application system.

    March 2016
    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 2016
    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 2016 to February 2017
    Successful applicants commence PhD studies.

  • Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows

    Information for University of Adelaide Staff (Restricted Access)

    On occasions the University of Adelaide may accept students into joint degree progams with Chinese University Partner institutions whereby students spend part of their time at each of the two universities. Students interested in these arrangements should contact the School/Discipline directly. The Adelaide Graduate Centre is not involved in the management of visiting scholars.

    The CSC also provides funding normally for 1 year for postdoctoral fellows to undertake research at overseas universities. Chinese graduates who have completed and been awarded a doctorate and who are interested in these arrangements should contact the School/Discipline directly.

    Note. The Adelaide Graduate Centre is not involved in the management of postdoctoral fellows.


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