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Scholarships and Funding

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

Important information for All Applicants

Please note that UCL is currently in the process of renewing its agreement with the China Scholarship Council to provide these awards for 2017/18, and the information below is therefore subject to change. If there are any changes, we will announce them on this page as soon as possible (Student Funding Office, October 2016)

Funding offered by UCL and the China Scholarships Council (CSC) aims to expand the educational, cultural and technological co-operation between the UK and China.

CSC and UCL will support the following areas of study with priority given to:

  • up to 10 scholars per year in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences
  • up to 10 scholars per year in the Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences
  • up to five scholars per year in any subject area in accordance with the CSC’s priorities, including the Faculties of Engineering Sciences and Mathematical & Physical Sciences
  • One scholar per year in the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

Students will be eligible to study disciplines in any of the above fields at UCL.

Eligibility requirements

Please note that the following eligibility requirements are subject to change and that you should check directly with the CSC for the latest information.

  1. Candidates will be citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application.
  2. Candidates must satisfy the selection criteria relating to current study and employment as set out by the CSC on their website.
  3. Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their studies and/or research.
  4. Candidates must hold an unconditional offer letter from UCL. They must therefore fulfil the relevant academic entry requirements set by UCL, including a high level of English language proficiency.
  5. Candidates should be intending to pursue study/research in one of the priority academic areas identified by UCL and CSC. However, applicants to other study/research areas will also be considered.
  6. Candidates must have secured or submitted an application for fee funding for MPhil/PhD research at UCL (see Application Procedure below).
  7. Candidates should satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC by completing the CSC application and employer reference forms.

Selection criteria

Scholarships are awarded on academic merit and the basis of CSC priorities.

Value: benefits and duration

The scholarships are co-funded by the CSC and UCL. The CSC provides economy air travel to and from the UK, a living allowance and visa application fees.

UCL will provide full tuition fees for the standard duration of a full-time MPhil/PhD programme up to 48 months, including a writing up period.

Application deadline and procedure

Candidates must first apply for tuition fee funding from UCL before submitting an application to the CSC. Application instructions for each priority area are detailed below:

Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Ten awards are available for students intending to pursue research in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences.  You must apply for fee funding under the faculty's Dean's Prize scheme by Friday, 27 January 2017 in order to be considered. 

Applicants to Engineering are advised to consult potential supervisors at the earliest possible stage. Departmental Graduate Tutors will be able to advise about the details required to accompany applications.

Faculty of Mathematics & Physical Sciences

Ten awards are available for students intending to pursue research within the Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences. You must apply for fee funding under the Faculty's Dean's Prize scheme by Friday, 27 January 2017 in order to be considered.

Institute of Education

One award is available for students intending to pursue research within the Institute of Education. In order to apply, please email Fernanda Bates (IoE International Office) by Friday, 6 January 2017 to express your interest in being nominated for this award.  Please make sure you quote your UCL admissions application number in your email.

Other subject areas

Five awards are available for students intending to pursue research in any subject area in accordance with the CSC’s priorities, including the Faculties of Engineering Sciences and Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Candidates must first apply for a tuition fee scholarship from UCL before submitting an application to the CSC. Full application instructions can be found on the Overseas Research Scholarships webpage.  The deadline for applications is Friday, 6 January 2017.

Successful tuition fee funding recipients under the above three priority areas will be notified of their provisional funding by early March at the latest. Recipients must then submit a separate application to the China Scholarship Council (CSC) between 20 March 2017 and 5 April 2017 for co-funding.

Notification of results

Successful CSC applicants can expect to be notified of their final award in May.

Page last modified on 01 dec 16 10:49 by Patricia Newby


*NOTE: All scholarship and student funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current procedures, deadlines etc.

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