The People’s Republic of China offers 15 scholarships for short-term studies, or studies leading to a university degree at designated educational institutions in China.
The scholarships are offered to persons who wish to increase their knowledge of China or Chinese, or to obtain training in diverse fields of study or research. They are primarily intended for university students and researchers, senior administrators in government, para-public or private organizations, and high-level professionals.
Scholarships are awarded for all programs of study offered in China, but priority is given to the following fields:
- administrative sciences
- health sciences
- law, justice and public safety
- education and pedagogical innovation
- agriculture, land-use planning and development
- multimedia and information technology
- Chinese and Québec literature and studies
To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
- be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident and be in good health.
- be a Québec resident according to the Regulation respecting the definition of resident in Québec and have your permanent residence in the province within the meaning of the Health Insurance Act and its Regulation respecting the application of the Health Insurance Act .
- be attending university at the time of preliminary selection of applications.
- meet the following requirements:
- applicants for undergraduate university studies must have completed their college studies with an excellent academic record and be under 25 years old
- applicants for master’s degree studies must have a bachelor’s degree and be under 35 years old
- applicants for doctoral studies must have a master’s degree and be under 40 years old
- applicants for a general continuing education program must have completed at least two years of undergraduate university studies, and be under 45 years old
- applicants for a higher continuing education program must be at least 50 years old, and must have a master’s degree or higher or have the title of assistant professor or higher
Type of support
Fifteen scholarships are offered for stays starting in September or February. They include:
- exemption from differential registration and tuition fees
- health insurance
- monthly allowance for living expenses paid to students by the university (in yuan [¥])
- undergraduate-level students: ¥2 500
- master’s-level students and interns in the general professional development program: ¥3 000
- doctoral level students and interns in the higher continuing education program: ¥3 500
- a lump sum amount of $2 500 paid by the Québec Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie, which covers travel (round trip) and accommodation expenses in China. The financial assistance is paid in one instalment. If you have already received the scholarship, you cannot obtain it a second time unless you move from one level of study to a higher level of study.
Persons wishing to begin with their stay in February will need to make arrangements with the host institution to establish a date of the beginning of their studies. The Chinese university year runs from September to July. Scholarships cannot be used during the summer.
If the recipient of the scholarship chooses a program of study that requires preparatory Chinese language training, this training will also be covered by the scholarship.
Students must pay for the expenses incurred by medical examinations in China and for obtaining a temporary residence permit.
In rare cases, the education costs in some programs may exceed the amount of the scholarship offered.
You must submit an English or French version of the following documents in your application package:
- Your résumé.
- A copy of your act of birth certified by a Commissioner for Oaths. If you were not born in Canada, you must provide a photocopy of your proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residence and proof of your status as a Québec resident as defined in the Regulation respecting the definition of resident in Québec.
- The formulaire de confirmation (confirmation form) (PDF 220 Kb).
- You must submit an English version of the following documents in your application package. A notarized copy in English or Chinese must be attached to any document submitted in French.
- The scholarship application form provided by the Chinese government (available in the online registration section of the China Scholarship Council website. When creating your online account, please indicate “Type A” as the program category and “1244” as the agency number.
- A certified copy of the most recent diploma you obtained, and a document attesting to your status as a student.
- An essay about your study plan, research or internship project: 200 words or more if you are an undergraduate student, 500 words or more if you are in a non-degree program, 800 words or more if you are a master’s or doctoral student.
- A copy of your passport valid as of March 1, 2023.
- For master’s and doctoral programs, two confidential letters of recommendation, written on the official letterhead of the educational institution from which they originate, and signed in ink. These letters must be written by your professors and must be sent by the signatories or by the educational institution directly to the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur.
- Official transcripts of your university studies.
- Proof that you have applied for admission to a university in China, if this is the case. For example, a confirmation of admission or a letter of invitation from a faculty member. However, it is the Chinese party who determine which university you will be officially enrolled in.
- For exemption from programs aimed at learning Chinese: the HSK test, whose certificate is recognized internationally, that proves that your level of knowledge of the Chinese language is sufficient to apply to an undergraduate program, a general scholar program or senior program (HSK 3), a master’s program and a doctoral program (HSK 4).
- A report confirming that you do not have a criminal record issued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police within six months preceding the date of submission of your application.
You must gather your application documents into a single, compressed, encrypted and password-protected folder. Then send it to the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur at the following email address:
You must provide the Ministère with your password separately. This can be done by sending an email that is separate from the one containing the encrypted folder.
Application deadline: February 4, 2022
An evaluation committee examines the applications in accordance with the following criteria:
- previous educational experience
- relevance of the study plan or research project (expected spin-offs for the host and home communities, and for the applicant’s personal journey)
- motivation (e.g. intercultural awareness, interest in discovering the culture and learning the language of the host country)
- careful presentation of the application
Candidates who are awarded the scholarship will be required to provide the Chinese party with the Foreigner Physical Examination Form (PDF 168 Kb) preferably completed in English or Chinese. If you complete this form in French, you will need to include a certified translation into English or Chinese.
The physical examination must cover all the items listed on the form. Any form that is incomplete or does not include a picture of the applicant will be considered invalid. The completed Foreigner Physical Examination Form is valid up to six months. The applicant must take this into account when choosing the date of their medical examination. It is recommended that this form be completed in May in preparation for the visa application.
The government offering the scholarships makes the final selection.
Help and resources
For more information on scholarships, programs of study and eligible universities, visit the China Scholarship Council website.
Last update: May 5, 2022