China Scholarship Council Research Excellence Scholarship

PhD scholarship for students from China, in partnership with the China Scholarship Council

The application deadline has now passed

Power your research with our China Scholarship Council Research Excellence Scholarship, covering tuition fees and a monthly living allowance, in partnerships with the China Scholarship Council.

In 2021 we are offering 10 scholarships, with 100% of tuition fees covered by the University of Nottingham and a stipend of £1,200 per month for living expenses including healthcare insurance from the China Scholarship Council. The China Scholarship Council will also cover the costs of your air travel between China and the UK.

These scholarships are open to high-achieving international students from China and are valid for up to four years of study on a PhD research degree course, subject to satisfactory progress (three years of registered study, and one year to prepare your thesis).


You can apply for this scholarship if you:

  • are a Chinese national
  • meet the requirements of the China Scholarship Council
  • are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes
  • hold an unconditional offer to start a full-time PhD course in any subject area at University of Nottingham UK with a start date that falls on or between 1 October 2021 and 1 February 2022
  • have been selected by your university in China as a candidate for this scholarship

Applicants with conditional offers may be considered providing you have already met all English language requirements such as IELTS or TOEFL.

How to apply

You must apply for and receive an offer to study a full-time PhD before applying for this scholarship. Search for PhD opportunities and find out how to apply.

When you have received an offer to study with us, and met any English language conditions on the offer, you can apply through the scholarships section of our application system, MyNottingham.

Applications in MyNottingham will close at midnight (UK time) on 19 February 2021.

You must also make an application to the China Scholarship Council.

China Scholarship Council conditions

In the application process, you will be asked to confirm that your home institution supports your application for funding from the China Scholarship Council.

However, the council now extends scholarship opportunities to Chinese students who are studying overseas or working in China at the time of the application. In this case, you will not be required to supply confirmation of support from a Chinese institution.

For detailed guidance, see the China Scholarship Council website.

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Contact details

Offered by International Student Recruitment, in partnership with the China Scholarship Council.

+44 (0) 115 951 5247

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