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Study in China Scholarship Programme

Full scholarships available for Master's degree study in China for students graduating in 2023

This year Queen Mary University of London is promoting scholarships in association with the China Scholarship Council to students interested in studying at one of our prestigious partner institutions in China in 2022/24. 

The Scholarships are offered by the Chinese Government and will cover the entire duration of study in China. The opportunity could suit in particular students who graduate in July 2023 and who wish to pursue a Master’s degree in China or undertake a year of Chinese language study after graduation. Please note that this scholarship is only available to Queen Mary students graduating in July 2023. 

To be eligible, applicants must be: 

  • A citizen of a country other than the People's Republic of China, and be in good health.
  • be a high school graduate under the age of 25 when applying for undergraduate programmes
  • be a bachelor’s degree holder under the age of 35 when applying for master’s programmes
  • be a master’s degree holder under the age of 40 when applying for doctoral programmes
  • be a  high school graduate (at least) under the age of 45 when applying for general scholar programmes
  • be a master’s degree holder or an associate professor (or above) under the age of 50 when applying for senior scholar programmes

The following courses of study are available through the scholarship:

  • A programme of Chinese Language study (one year)
  • A full Master’s degree programme taught in English (one or two years)
  • A full Master’s degree programme taught in Chinese (usually two years, preceded by one year of Chinese language where required)

Scholarships include registration, tuition fees, medical insurance and accommodation, but students will be required to cover their own travel costs. 

Queen Mary’s partner universities are all prestigious institutions located in a wide range of cities and regions, including Beijing, Chengdu, Changsha, Xi’an, Nanchang, Shanghai, Xiamen and Zhejiang.

Please note that candidates will require two academic references from Queen Mary. These references will be reviewed by the Embassy as part of the application, students will then also be required to submit their references to their Chinese university choices independently; your Queen Mary academic referees should be aware of this and be willing to provide references which fulfil both purposes.

Application Stage 1: 

The deadline for submitting an online application is 10th of February 2023. This deadline is final and cannot be appealed. For your application, you will need:

  • To apply to your chosen universities and request a Pre-Admission letter (letter of acceptance) which you can include with your application for the scholarship
  • To complete the online application form for the Chinese Government Scholarship (written in Chinese or English). Please make your application online here .
  • Copy of Passport Home Page: students must submit a clear scanned copy of his/her ordinary passport with validity later than March 1, 2023. If the validity of the current passport does not meet the requirement, please apply for a new passport before submitting the application. For applicants who cannot apply for passports before submitting their applications due to objective reasons, with the permission of dispatching authorities, they may submit a scanned copy of identity certificates or official documents containing the applicants’ “official name, Gender, Nationality, Date of Birth” and other information
  • Notarized highest diploma: Prospective diploma winners must submit official proof of student status by their current school. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations.
  • Academic transcripts: Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations. These can be obtained from the Student Enquiry Centre
  • A Study Plan or Research Proposal in Chinese or English. (A minimum of 200 words for undergraduates, 500 words for non-degree students, and 800 words for postgraduates.)
  • Recommendation letters: Applicants for graduate programmes or senior scholar programmes must submit two letters of recommendation in Chinese or English from professors or associate professors.
  • Applicants for music studies are requested to submit their own works. Applicants for fine arts programmes must submit their own works which include two sketches, two colour paintings and two other works.
  • Applicants under the age of 18 should submit the valid documents of their legal guardians in China.
  • Applicants planning to stay in China for more than 6 months must submit a photocopy of the Foreigner Physical Examination Form completed in English (the original copy should be kept by the applicant. The form designed by the Chinese quarantine authority can be downloaded from
  • The physical examinations must cover all the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, the official stamp of the hospital or a sealed photograph of the applicant are invalid. Please select the appropriate time to take the physical examination, as the result is valid for only 6 months. Queen Mary will not reimburse students for the medical form/tests

Please submit the following documents if applicable:

  • Pre-admission Letter from Chinese Government Scholarship universities.
  • Language qualification certificate. e.g., HSK certificates, IELTS or TOFEL report.
  • Proof of student status/expected graduation date. This can be obtained from the Student Enquiry Centre

Students must make their application online using the Chinese Government Scholarship Application Portal

Application stage 2

The Chinese Embassy will review of your application and issue the scholarship certificates (scanned) to the successful nominees in or around April 2023. The rest of the nominees will be placed on a waiting list. Once you accept your scholarship, you will not be able to change your host university. The Chinese Embassy will post all the application documents and pre-admission notices back to the China Scholarship Council. The final admission notices and visa-application documents are expected to arrive with the Embassy at the beginning of July 2023 and will be posted to you at the earliest time.

Application stage 3

The Chinese Embassy usually hold a briefing and reception for scholarship awardees in July 2023. The admission packages will be posted to the successful applicants if they cannot attend the reception.

Further Information

Please see the Chinese Government Scholarship webpages. 

Programme Introduction

Application Documents

How to use the application system

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