Information for Prospective Students

Scholarships and Funding

UCL CSC Research Student Visiting Awards

Important Information for all Applicants

This scheme is not being offered for 2018/19 entry but may be available for 2019/20 entry.  Please visit this page in October 2018 for an update.

UCL is collaborating with the China Scholarships Council (CSC) to offer funding for research visits of up to one year by Chinese students registered for PhD research at top Chinese universities. UCL will provide full fee funding from a variety of sources, with CSC covering maintenance, travel and visa costs. 

These awards are offered through the generosity of the Vinson Chu Charitable Foundation and the Simon Li Graduate Scholarship Fund.

Up to two awards are available for 2015/16 entry.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for an award applicants must:

  • be a Chinese national (mainland China) pursuing MPhil/PhD research at a recognised top Chinese university;
  • satisfy all entry requirements, including relevant English Language requirements;
  • apply formally to UCL Admission Office for admission as a Visiting Research Student;
  • hold an official unconditional offer of admission from the UCL as a Visiting Research Student; and
  • must be qualified and prepared to apply for a matching scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC), if offered a UCL Research Student Visiting Award.

Selection Criteria

Awards are allocated on the basis of academic excellence and research potential. Financial circumstances are not taken into account.

Candidates who do not apply for admission as a Visiting Research Student cannot be considered for funding.

Value: Benefits and Duration

The awards consist of full tuition fees (covered by UCL), while CSC provides a maintenance allowance, visa costs, and international flights to and from the UK.

Awards are tenable for a maximum of one year.

Application Deadline and Procedure

Candidates should initially contact the UCL Department they are interested in visiting. Any plans should be agreed with the UCL Department before they submit the application.

Departments will apply on behalf of the visitors by emailing the following items to the UCL Student Funding Office at by 31 January (should the deadline fall onto a weekend or bank holiday, the next working day applies): 

Potential candidates must ensure that their departments submit scholarship applications by the deadline irrespective of whether an unconditional offer of admission has been made from UCL Admission Office. At/after deadline the UCL Student Funding Office will check UCL systems to confirm whether the scholarship applicant holds an unconditional offer of admissions to one of the UCL Visiting Research programmes and on what date that offer was made. Scholarship applicants without an admissions offer at the time of the scholarship deadline will be excluded from the competition at this point. It is for this reason that we recommend you apply for admission as early as possible, and submit your scholarship application by the deadline. 

Notification of Results

Applications will be considered by an academic panel chaired by the Pro-Provost China. Successful candidates will be informed at the beginning of March, after which they need to apply for a matching scholarship from the CSC between 20 March and 5 April.

Page last modified on 14 dec 17 11:57 by Kara Regan

*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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