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Scholarships and Funding

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

Important information for All Applicants

This scheme is now closed for 2016/17 and all successful candidates have been notified. Please check this page again after September 2016 for information on 2017/18 entry.

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 full PhD and one Sandwich PhD award in the UCL Institute of Education.

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 seleciton 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 (£13,200 in 2014/15) 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, 29 January 2016 in order to be considered.

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, 29 January 2016 in order to be considered.

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 Wednesday, 6 January 2016.

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 2016 and 5 April 2016 for co-funding.

UCL Institute of Education

Two awards are available to students intending to pursue research at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

Candidates must first receive confirmation of supervision from a relevant IOE academic and an unconditional offer for a research programme at the IOE before submitting an application to the CSC. Candidates can contact a potential supervisor at any time.

We advise that you apply online via UCL Portico before the end of February, as the IOE must advise CSC of the selection by 20 MarchCandidates must apply to CSC between 20 March and 5 April 2016 to be considered for October 2016 entry.

Notification of results

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

Page last modified on 16 may 16 11:08 by Shanaz Begum


*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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