The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has a partnership agreement with the CSC under their State-Sponsored Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships for top Chinese students who wish to come to the U of S. The purpose of this agreement is to develop research collaborations between University of Saskatchewan and Chinese institutions, and, to provide graduate educational opportunities to Chinese students. There are three types of scholarships:

1. Doctoral (PhD) Scholarship
2. Visiting PhD Scholarship
3. Postdoctoral Fellowship

Doctoral (PhD) Scholarship - Degree Students

Applicants who are Chinese citizens and who meet the CSC eligibility requirements are eligible to apply for a CSC scholarship to pursue a PhD program at the U of S.

Applying to the U of S

All applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements of the program to which they are applying. Check the full list of programs and information on their admission requirements, deadlines and application processes. Please advise potential supervisors and the department that you are applying to CSC for a scholarship.

For assistance with finding a supervisor or your application, please contact the CGPS International Recruitment Office and identify yourself as a CSC applicant. A formal offer of admission from the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS) is required as part of your CSC application.

Applying to CSC

All applicants applying for funding from the CSC must also meet the CSC eligibility requirements. Students are responsible for checking the CSC website to confirm the current requirements and CSC application procedures.

Deadlines

The deadline for students to apply to CSC in China is April 5th.

The deadline for students to apply to the U of S can vary between programs; check the individual program page for this information.

Funding

The CSC will provide the admitted students with standard living allowances, currently valued at $1,600/month CAD for up to four years, return airfare to Saskatoon, visa application fees and other funding as determined by the Chinese government.

The U of S will provide a tuition scholarship (excluding student fees) for up to four years, providing that the student maintain registration in their PhD program and continues to hold their CSC scholarship.

Students will receive provincial health care benefits at no additional cost. Extended health benefits, including coverage for medicines and dental appointments, are available through the Graduate Student Association.

U of S - China Doctoral Scholar Program

Supplemental entrance scholarships, valued at $16,000 are available to new students who have not attended the U of S before. The CGPS will award these scholarships, which are paid out in equal annual increments over four years at $4,000 per year, on a competitive basis to students who:

  • Are admitted into a doctoral program on a four year CSC scholarship, and
  • Have a minimum GPA of 80% as determined by the CGPS, and
  • Meet the English language proficiency requirements.

Students are recommended by their admitting department. Funding for year two to four depends on satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree and maintaining an 80% GPA on courses completed after registration at the U of S. The number of scholarships may vary per year and the final selection will be made by the CGPS.

Joint Student Scholarship - Visiting Students

Students in a PhD program at a Chinese university may apply for a CSC joint-student scholarship to come to the U of S for a period of supervised research.

All applicants applying for funding from the CSC for a joint-student scholarship must also meet the CSC eligibility requirements. Students are responsible for checking the CSC website to confirm the current requirements and CSC application procedures.

“Letters of Invitation” issued by faculty to students as part of the CSC application process are not recognized as offers of admission. Students cannot attend the U of S using a letter of invitation.

There are two U of S application streams for visiting CSC students. Both streams require that the student submit an online application. Admitted students will receive a formal offer of admission letter from the CGPS for submission to the CSC.

1. Visiting Research Students (VRS)

Visiting Research Students (VRS) may stay at the U of S for periods of between six (6) to twelve (12) months. VRS do not pay tuition, and, they are not eligible to take courses. The VRS applicant does not need to submit an English proficiency test.

Carefully read the instructions on how to apply and the online application.

Please advise potential supervisors that you are applying to CSC for a scholarship. Please contact the CGPS International Recruitment Office and identify yourself as a CSC visiting student applicant.

2. Joint Student/Sandwich Program

Students admitted into a joint-student/sandwich program may stay at the U of S for periods up to twenty-four (24) months. These students pay tuition and they are eligible to do research and to take graduate courses. The joint-student applicant must submit transcripts and an English proficiency test.

Carefully read the instructions on how to apply and the on line application.

Please advise potential supervisors that you are applying to CSC for a scholarship. Please contact the CGPS International Recruitment Office and identify yourself as a CSC visiting student applicant.

Deadlines

The deadline for students to apply to CSC in China is April 5th. There is no deadline for students to apply to the U of S for admission as a VRS or as a Joint-Student.

Funding

The CSC will provide the admitted students with standard living allowances as determined by the Chinese government, currently valued at $1,600/month CAD, return airfare to Saskatoon, visa application fees and other funding as determined by the Chinese government.

Provincial health care benefits are provided at no additional cost. Extended health benefits, including coverage for medicines and dental appointments, are available through the Graduate Student’s Association to joint-students only.

Timelines for CSC Student Applicants

Applicants contact programs and prepare application documents September 1st – January 31st  
Some programs have earlier deadlines, please ensure that you meet the deadline by checking your program's page.
Graduate programs assess applications and make recommendations to the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS) December – February 1st 
CGPS reviews recommendations December to February 27th 
CGPS issues offers of admission to students No later than March 20th
Students apply for CSC scholarship through their home universities in China or directly as appropriate March 20th – April 5th 
Chinese universities may have an internal deadline for CSC applicants, please check with your university.
CSC application deadline April 5th
CSC announces scholarship recipients May

Tips for CSC Students

  • You should approach faculty member(s) with research interests that match yours. When sending emails to them, indicate that you are a potential CSC applicant. Check Tips for finding a supervisor.
  • Need help finding a supervisor? Write to grad.recruit@usask.ca for assistance.
  • Take the TOEFL or IELTS test EARLY, and have your test results sent to University of Saskatchewan.
  • Make sure you indicate on your application for admission that you are applying for a CSC scholarship.
  • Send an email to grad.recruit@usask.ca to tell the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies that you will be applying for the CSC competition in China.

U of S Supplemental Postdoctoral Fellowship Funding

All PhD graduates appointed to a postdoctoral fellowship (PDF) position at the U of S will receive a minimum annual fellowship of $35,000 CDN. Those fellows coming to the U of S with external funding, either from the China Scholarship Council or other sources, will receive appropriate top-up funding to ensure the minimum annual payment of $35,000 is met.

Check Information for Postdoctoral Fellows for details on the application process.

If you are applying for a CSC Postdoctoral Fellow Scholarship, and, you need information on the University of Saskatchewan or assistance with your PDF application, please contact the PDF Coordinator.