China Scholarship Council Opportunities

'Make History' With a PhD at the University of Adelaide

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) and the University of Adelaide are jointly offering postgraduate research scholarships to applicants from the People's Republic of China who intend to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide.

This partnership between the University of Adelaide and the China Scholarship Council is aimed at promoting long-term international research collaboration. By undertaking a research degree at Adelaide you will work with staff who conduct world-class research and connect with many other like-minded, ambitious postgraduate students from Australia and abroad.

  • What are the benefits of a China Scholarship Council/University of Adelaide Scholarship?

    The China Scholarship Council will provide successful candidates with a living stipend and support as prescribed from time to time by the Chinese Government.  Please refer to the CSC website for detailed information.

    The University of Adelaide will provide a 100% Tuition Fee Waiver (Adelaide University China Fee Scholarship) for up to 48 months (subject to satisfactory academic progress). The duration of this award will correspond to the duration of support provided to an individual student by the CSC. The University of Adelaide may also offer a top up scholarship to exceptional candidates under certain circumstances.

    Please note: The Adelaide University China Fee Scholarship is only available to applicants the University of Adelaide nominates to the CSC. If an applicant successfully applies to the CSC without an offer for an Adelaide University China Fee Scholarship, they will be permitted to hold the stipend support from the CSC but will be personally responsible for covering 100% of their tuition fees.

  • Who is eligible?

    Adelaide University China Fee Scholarships (AUCFS) will only be available to those applicants who satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC, which is available online: This includes requiring that eligible applicants:

    • Are citizens and permanent residents of the People's Republic of China at the time of application;
    • Are aged 18 to 40 years at the time of application;
    • 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.

    To be eligible for an Adelaide University China Fee Scholarship, the University of Adelaide requires that applicants 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

  • How to apply?

    Applications for students commencing studies in Semester 2, 2024 will be open from 1 October 2023 to 5 February 2024.

    Before applying to the China Scholarship Council, applicants must first have received:

    • An offer of admission from the University of Adelaide, AND
    • An “Adelaide University China Fee Scholarship” offer letter.


    Step 1 – Arrange a supervisor:

    Before you apply to the University of Adelaide, you will need to liaise with a supervisor and get written confirmation that an eligible principal supervisor is willing to supervise your research project.

    Advice about how to find a research project and connect with eligible supervisors is available on our How to Apply webpage.


    Step 2 – University of Adelaide application:

    To apply for admission and an Adelaide University China Fee Scholarship, you need to submit an application via the University of Adelaide’s online application system

    When you reach the ‘Financial Support’ section of the application, you need to select ‘Seeking sponsorship from China Scholarship Council’ as your source of financial support. This will ensure your application is considered for the Adelaide University China Fee Scholarship.


    Step 3 – China Scholarship Council application:

    Once you have received an offer of admission and an Adelaide University China Fee Scholarship, you can then submit an application to the China Scholarship Council for stipend and living support via


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