As part of a collaborative program, the China Scholarship Council (CSC) in conjunction with the University of Saskatchewan (USask) provides exceptional Chinese graduate students with scholarship opportunities to pursue PhD and Post-Doctoral studies through the China Scholarship Council – University of Saskatchewan Joint Funding Program.

Program overview

The CSC and USask agree to annually sponsor applicants in four different categories:

Chinese Full-Degree PhD Students
Chinese Joint/Sandwich PhD Students Visiting Research Students (CSC Visiting Scholars) Post-Doctoral Fellows
Up to 20 selected applicants for up to 48 months Up to 15 selected applicants for up to 24 months Up to 10 selected visiting applicants for up to 12 months Up to 10 selected applicants for up to 24 months

Eligibility

Applicants must fulfill both CSC and USask eligibility/admission requirements. Please read the following table for further details.

CSC USask
Nationality Must be a citizen of the People's Republic of China and not have permanent residency in another country.*
Age Must not be older than 35 years old at the time of the application. (Be born after March 10, 1983).
Academic requirements

Be an undergraduate or master's degree student or graduate from and living in mainland China or

Hold a master's degree, be a graduate student or a recent graduate (within one year) from a foreign university (can include USask). *

Have an offer of admission letter from USask formatted according to the requirements of the CSC application.

The above academic requirements are valid for full-degree PhD students.  For joint/sandwich students, any current PhD student in China is eligible. For the full list of eligibility criteria, please refer directly to the CSC website.

Meet the admission requirements of your graduate program of study.

English language proficiency 

At the time of application, provide proof of English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Obtained an undergraduate or higher degree instructed entirely in English.
  • In the past ten years, have studied in Canada for a minimum of one academic year (8-12 months).
  • Participated in the National Foreign Language Proficiency Test (WSK) and meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Participated in the IELTS (Academic) or TOEFL proficiency tests, scoring the following minimums: IELTS 6.5, TOEFL (IBT) 95.
  • For Ministry of Education employees, participated in relevant language training and obtained a certificate of completion (English advanced class) through the Department of Study Abroad Training.

All applicants must meet the minimum USask admission requirement for English Proficiency which may be different from CSC requirements.

*Nationality: Residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are ineligible for this opportunity.

*Academic requirement: For CSC, undergraduate students studying at a foreign institution are ineligible to apply for the CSC. Graduates who return to China more than a year after completing a master's degree at a foreign institution may be eligible to apply for the CSC again if they are affiliated with a Chinese university or are a Chinese institutional (e.g., company, non-profit, government, etc.) employee.

How to apply

The CSC application for Full-Degree and Joint/Sandwich PhD Students is open between March 10 – 31, 2019 (Beijing Time).

The CSC application for Post-Doctoral Fellows has a separate deadline. Please visit the CSC website for details.

To apply, identify your category and admission procedure below.

 

Chinese Full-Degree PhD Students

Step 1: Find a program and follow the steps to apply to USask for admission (on the application form, you must indicate that you are intending to apply for a China Scholarship Council award).

Step 2: Apply to the CSC.

 

Chinese Joint/Sandwich PhD Students

Joint/Sandwich students may conduct research, as well as register in graduate courses.

Step 1: Check the information provided by the USask under how to apply for Joint Student/ Sandwich program.  

Step 2: Apply to the CSC.

 

Visiting Research Students (CSC Visiting Scholars)

Visiting Research Students may conduct research with a supervisor only, and are not eligible to register in courses.

Step 1:  Follow the application steps to USask as a Visiting Research PhD student (VRS).

Step 2: Apply to the CSC.

 

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Post-Doctoral Fellows may seek opportunities by contacting prospective supervisors.

Step 1: Visit the Post-Doctoral Fellows website for more information regarding choosing a supervisor and how to apply.

Step 2: Apply to the CSC.

Funding

As prescribed by the China Scholarship Council – University of Saskatchewan Joint Funding Program, applicants shall receive funding support according to their category.

 

Chinese Full-Degree PhD Students

Successful candidates will be provided with a living allowance as determined by the CSC (that includes health insurance) for up to 48 months, a return international airfare, and visa application fees.

Candidates will also be provided with a funding package from USask which is equivalent to the cost of full tuition. At USask, the faculty supervisor or academic unit provides the funding for these students.

 

Chinese Joint/Sandwich PhD Students

Successful candidates will be provided with a living allowance as determined by the China Scholarship Council (that includes health insurance) for up to 24 months, a return international airfare, and visa application fees.

USask will also provide the resources and equipment (office, laboratory, computer, network & library) needed to perform their research.

 

Visiting Research Students (Visiting Scholars) and Post-Doctoral Fellows

CSC will consider successful selected Post-Doctoral Fellows for up to 24 months and scholars for up to 12 months for a living allowance as determined by the Chinese government, a return international airfare, and visa application fees.

USask will also provide the resources and equipment (office, laboratory, computer, network and library) needed to perform their research. This will support research collaborations between USask, Chinese Scholars and Post-Doctoral Fellows.

 

Contact

Kathi Suderman,
International Student Recruitment Officer

Recruitment and Admissions
University of Saskatchewan

刘佳睿 (Gary Liu),
Program Officer

Division of American and Oceanian Affairs
China Scholarship Council