Chinese Government Scholarship-PIF Program, 2016

The Ministry of Education of China offers number of scholarships to non-Chinese citizens from PIF member countries.

Scholarships are available for undergraduate, masters, doctoral and general and senior scholars programs in all subjects.

PIF Program is a full scholarship established by MOE to encourage students from Pacific island countries to study and conduct research in China.

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is a non-profit institution with legal person status affiliated with the Ministry of Education. The objective of the CSC is to provide, in accordance with the law, statutes and relevant principles and policies of China, financial assistance to the Chinese citizens wishing to study abroad and to the foreign citizens wishing to study in China in order to develop the educational, scientific and technological, and cultural exchanges and economic and trade cooperation between China and other countries.

Applicants must be a citizen of a PIF member country, and be in good health. Undergraduate scholarship recipients must register for Chinese-taught credit courses. Graduate and non-degree scholarship students can register for either the Chinese-taught program or the English-taught program if applicable.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded in all subjects.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for undergraduate, master, doctoral and general and senior scholars programs.
Scholarship Provider: Ministry of Education of P. R. China
Scholarship can be taken at: China

Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must:
– be a citizen of a PIF member country, and be in good health;
-be a high school graduate under the age of 25 when applying for undergraduate programs;
-be a bachelor’s degree holder under the age of 35 when applying for master’s programs;
-be a master’s degree holder under the age of 40 when applying for doctoral programs;
-be under the age of 45 and have completed at least two years of undergraduate study when applying for general scholar programs;
-be a master’s degree holder or an associate professor (or above) under the age of 50 when applying for senior scholar programs.

Scholarship Open for International Students: The non-Chinese citizens from PIF member countries (Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) can apply for the scholarship.

Scholarship DescriptionChinese Government ScholarshipChinese Government Scholarship—PIF Program is a full scholarship established by MOE to encourage students from Pacific island countries to study and conduct research in China. This program supports undergraduate students, graduate students, general scholars and senior scholars.

Duration of award(s): Scholarships are awarded for four to seven years for undergraduate study, two to five years for master’s studies, three to six years for doctoral studies and up to two years for general and senior scholars programs. Duration of the scholarship, which covers both major study and Chinese language/preparatory study, as specified in the Admission Letter, cannot be extended in general.

What does it cover? The Program provides full scholarship which covers tuition waiver, accommodation, stipend, and comprehensive medical insurance. Please refer to Introduction to CGS-Coverage and Standard for details of each item. This scholarship also covers a one-way air ticket (economy class) for new scholarship recipient to China upon their first registration and a one-way air ticket (economy class) back to their country from China upon their graduation

Notification: CSC reviews the placement results, approves the List of Scholarship Winners and sends the admission documents to PIF Secretariat before July 31st.

Application Documents:
-Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship written in Chinese or English;
-Notarized highest diploma (photocopy);
-Academic transcripts (written in Chinese or English);
-A Study Plan or Research Proposal (written in Chinese or English);
-Two Recommendation Letters (written in Chinese or English);
-A CD of your own works (only required for arts students);
-Valid documents of your legal guardians in China (only required for applicants under the age of 18);
-Foreigner Physical Examination Form (photocopy) (written in English, only required for applicants planning to stay in China for more than 6 months);
-Pre-admission Letter from designated Chinese university (if available);
-Valid HSK Certificate (if available).
Note: All the documents should be bound together on top left corner in the order of 6.1 to 6.10. You should submit two sets of bound documents. Application documents should be sent to CSC by PIF Secretariat before April 30th. No application documents will be returned.

How to Apply:
-Apply to PIF Secretariat for CGS opportunity. It is your own responsibility to consult PIF Secretariat for details and requirements and make sure you are eligible for the scholarship.
-Apply to your target university for Pre-admission Letter once recommended by the dispatching authorities as an eligible candidate.
-Complete the online application procedure at CSC Online Application System for International Students, submit online the completed Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship and print a hard copy.
-Submit all your application documents to PIF Secretariat before the deadline.
You can check: Application Documents for a detailed checklist.
-Only applications of recommended candidates from PIF Secretariat will be considered. No other applications or individual application directly sent to CSC will be considered. Candidates holding Pre-admission Letter will be placed in the host university; those without Pre-admission Letter should accept CSC’s placement of university.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The applicants should apply to Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat between January and early April each year.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application

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