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China Scholarship Council Scholarships

About the award

Level: PhD
Course: All PhDs in the Faculties of Science and Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences
Country: China
Value: Full tuition fee waiver and living stipend (£1350/month) for 4 years
No. of awards: Variable
Deadline: Applications for the 2024/25 academic year are now closed.

More information

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Queen Mary is one of the largest supporters of the China Scholarship Council (CSC) in the UK and awards 60 joint QMUL-CSC PhD scholarships every year.

Under the scheme, Queen Mary will provide scholarships to cover all tuition fees, whilst the CSC will provide living expenses and one return flight ticket to successful applicants. This scholarship is available to both new and continuing (current 1st year) students. Associate students who want to come to Queen Mary for 6-24 months are also able to apply.

Places are available in the following schools:

Science and Engineering

  • School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences- Key contact: Vicky Man 
  • School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science - Key contact: Melissa Yeo
  • School of Engineering and Materials Science - Key contact: Colin Rainey
  • School of Mathematical Sciences - Key contact: Katie Hale
  • School of Chemical and Physical Sciences - Key contact: Robert Miles 

Humanities and Social Sciences

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to follow our usual online application process and identify themselves as CSC scholars in the funding section of their application. 

The application form for each subject can be found by selecting your subject area from the drop-down menu. Please make sure to choose "Semester 1" and "Full-Time". 

For visiting/associate students, who are coming to Queen Mary for a short amount of time, as part of your current PhD, please apply via this page 

For applicants for Economics and Finance, you will first be admitted onto the MRes programme for two years. Then, subject to good progress, you will be transferred onto the PhD programme for the third, fourth and fifth years. 

You must meet the IELTS requirements for your course and send the evidence to Admissions within plenty of time of  CSC's application deadline. You are therefore strongly advised to sit an approved English Language test as soon as possible. Your IELTS test must still be valid when you enrol for the programme. They are valid for 2 years. 

The deadline for applications to Queen Mary is 31 January 2024. You must then submit all required documentation (including evidence of English Language) by Thursday 14 March 2024. 

Once applicants have obtained their offer letter from Queen Mary they should then apply to CSC for the scholarship by the advertised deadline. For September 2024 entry, applicants must complete the CSC application on the CSC website.

Please note that CSC application rules differ slightly for domestic applicants (students applying from China) and overseas applicants (students applying from overseas) –please see the CSC website for further guidance, More information can be found in CSC’s Q&A document (for reference only. The 2024 version will be published late 2023.

If successful in your application you must start your programme in the 2024/25 academic year. Scholarships cannot be deferred to the following academic year.

For any questions about the Queen Mary/CSC partnership please contact Flora Mckay at For more detailed questions about your PhD proposal and the application process please contact your school on the contact details listed above. 

Meet our Scholars

Peng Zhao, PhD Mathematics

Peng studied for his Master’s in Theoretical Physics at the University of Chinese Academic Sciences. He is now studying “The Characteristic Initial value Problem in General Relativity” in the School of Mathematical Sciences under the supervisions of Dr Juan Valiente-Kroon. They are part of the Geometry and Analysis research group.

He applied to QMUL because of the strength of the general relativity research group and the multicultural experience you get from studying at an international university. The department has a great programme of meetings, seminars and conferences for PhD students to expand their horizons and develop their networks.

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