China Scholarship Council Students (CSC)

Chinese students, who have been admitted to a PhD program at the U of S, and, who have been awarded a PhD scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC), will receive:

  • a tuition scholarship as required by CSC;
  • provincial health care benefits at no charge;
  • extended health benefits, including coverage for medicines and dental appointments, through their graduate student fees. 

Eligibility

 Applicants who are Chinese citizens are eligible to apply for a CSC  scholarship to pursue any of the following at the U of S:

  1. A complete doctoral degree program for a maximum of four years; Students must be eligible for admission into a PhD program.
  2. Up to two years for the completion of a doctoral research project. Potential students should be currently enrolled as doctoral candidates in China and should apply to the U of S as joint student/sandwich program.

Applying

Applying to the U of S

Admission requirements

All applicants to a doctoral program, or to a joint student / sandwich program, must meet the minimum admission requirements of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS).

Apply online

The student must complete a formal online application. PhD Program and Visiting PhD Program applicants should identify themselves as a CSC applicant in an email to the department of the program to which they are applying.  This will assist us to identify these applications early and to provide the necessary supporting documentation and a timely decision so that the student’s scholarship application to the CSC is not jeopardized.

Applying to CSC

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

Applications for PhD program admission:

  • The Faculty supervisor must provide the student with a copy of their C.V. and a written description of the research area, proposed activities, study plan and timelines of the student’s proposed program. These two documents are required as part of the student’s application to CSC for their scholarship.
  • The CGPS must issue the offer of admission letter, including the conditions as specified in the Unit’s recommendation to admit the student, and
  • The CGPS must notify the CSC that the student is on their recommended list of applicants.

Applications for CSC Visiting PhD student admission:

  • The Faculty supervisor must provide the student with a copy of their C.V. and with a written description of the proposed research activities and timelines. These two documents are required as part of the student’s application to CSC for their scholarship.
  • The student must apply online to the U of S using the application process for Joint student/sandwich program.
  • The CGPS must issue a conditional offer of admission, pending final approval of CSC funding, to the student for inclusion with their scholarship application, and
  • The CGPS must notify the CSC that the student is on their recommended list of applicants.

Deadlines

CSC PhD or Visiting PhD Student applicants must submit their online application to CSC between March 20th and April 5th. A formal offer of admission from the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is required as part of this application. See the China Scholarship Council website. Students are advised to apply before the posted deadline for their chosen program, or, by January 1st, whichever is earlier. 

U of S - China Doctoral Scholar Program

Entrance scholarships, valued at $16,000 paid out in equal annual increments over four years at $4,000 per year, are available under the U of S-China Doctoral Scholar Program. These are only available to new students who have not attended the U of S before.

Eligibility

  • Has been awarded a four year CSC scholarship , and
  • Is being recommended for admission by the department, and
  • Have a minimum GPA of 80% as determined by the CGPS, at the time of application, and
  • Meets the English language proficiency requirements at the time of application.

Scholarship Selection and Funding

Up to twenty U of S-China DSP Scholarships will be awarded each year. Students are recommended by their admitting department and the final selection will be made by the CGPS on a competitive basis.

Funding for year two to four depends on satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree. This is defined as:

  • Maintaining an 80% GPA on at least 6 cu of courses completed after registration at the U of S;
  • Making satisfactory progress in the program;

Application Procedures

Students must:

  • Students must complete the online application form by January 1st.
  • Advise the Graduate Recruitment and Liaison Officer that you are a CSC candidate
  • Answer YES to the question “Do you currently hold, or intend to apply for a China Scholarship Council award?” Follow the instructions provided by the online application system.
  • Advise the department with your chosen graduate program that you are a CSC candidate.  Your department will nominate you for the U of S-China DSP scholarship. You do not have to fill out another application form.

U of S Supplemental Postdoctoral Fellowship Funding

All PhD graduates appointed to a postdoctoral fellowship 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.