The Chinese Government is offering the Scholarship-Great Wall Program for international students, teachers and scholars all over the world who want to study and conduct research in the Chinese universities. The Great Wall Program is a full scholarship established by MOE for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to sponsor students and scholars in developing countries to study and conduct research in China.
The Great Wall Program provides a full scholarship which covers the following:
- Tuition waiver. Tuition funds will be comprehensively used by the host university. It may cover scholarship students’ administration costs and expenditures to support student activities.
- Accommodation: free university dormitory or accommodation subsidy.
- If the host university requires students to live on campus, the university will accommodate the scholarship students in a university dormitory (usually a twin room); if the host university permits students to live off campus, the university will provide monthly/quarterly accommodation
- General scholars: CNY 3,000 per month.
- Senior scholars: CNY 3,500 per month.
- Comprehensive medical insurance.
- Scholarship recipients of Chinese-taught programs without adequate Chinese proficiency are required to get the approval from both CSC and UNESCO for one academic year Chinese language study.
- All applicants are requested to provide their language proficiency certificates for the scholarship applications.
- Applicants for Chinese-taught programs must provide a valid Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) certificate.
- Undergraduate or non-degree (general scholar & senior scholar) candidates should have achieved HSK Level III or above.
- Postgraduate candidates should have achieved HSK Level IV or above.
- Applicants for English-taught programs should provide valid English Proficiency Test (IELTS or TOFEL) certificates.
- Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens with valid passports.
- Applicants must be in good health.
- Applicants must:
- Be a bachelor’s degree holder under the age of 35 when applying for the Master’s programs.
- Be a master’s degree holder under the age of 40 when applying for the Doctoral programs.
- Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship (in Chinese or English).
- Copy of Passport Home Page: Applicant shall submit a clear scanned copy of his/her ordinary passport with validity later than March 1, 2022.
- 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 scanned copy of identity certificates or official documents containing the applicants’ “English 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.
- 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 programs or senior scholar programs 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 programs must submit their own works which include two sketches, two color 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.
- Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, the official stamp of the hospital or a sealed photograph of the applicants are invalid.
- Please select the appropriate time to take the physical examination as the result is valid for only 6 months.
- Non-criminal record report. The applicant shall submit a valid certificate of Non-Criminal Record issued by the local public security authority, usually issued within 6 months prior to the submission date of the application.
- Pre-admission Letter from Chinese Government Scholarship universities.
- Language qualification certificate. e.g., HSK certificates, IELTS or TOFEL report.
Eligible countries UNESCO/People’s Republic of China (The Great Wall) Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme
AFRICA – 46 Member States:
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
ASIA AND THE PACIFIC – 38 Member States:
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Palau, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam
ARAB STATES – 13 Member States:
Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Yemen
LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBEAN – 26 Member States:
Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Venezuela
EUROPE – 12 Member States:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine
Why should I contact with the National Commission for UNESCO of my country before starting my application?
Due to the intergovernmental character of UNESCO, all applications must be channeled through the National Commission for UNESCO of the candidate’s country. Member States may lay down different recruitment procedures and deadlines, which they consider appropriate in their countries. That is why applicants should contact the National Commission for UNESCO to understand the specific procedures of selection in their countries before starting their application.
Can I apply to this fellowship if I don’t have the Pre-admission Letter from a Chinese university?
Yes. Pre-admission letter is not mandatory for application.
However, as most Chinese universities would open for application from international students at the beginning of Feburary, applicants are encouraged to communicate with their target universities in advance. In previous examples, some universities would provide Pre-admission Letter for qualified applicants as a supporting document for scholarships.
For the applicants without Pre-admission letters, Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) will transmit the application documents of eligible candidates to universities for further selection.
What kind of certificate or degree I will obtain after this one-year fellowship?
Generally speaking, a degree programme in China requires two to three years. Candidates selected under this fellowships programme will undertake their studies and researches in China as Visiting Scholars. The host universities in China have the right and responsibility to decide whether you will receive a certificate for this one-year studies.
Can I renew or extend this fellowship with UNESCO when I finish the one-year studies in China?
Due to UNESCO’s regulations, It is impossible to renew or extend a fellowship under the same UNESCO fellowships programme. However, UNESCO has no objection if a fellow continues his/her studies in China with other types of fundings (either through other scholarships provided by China Scholarships Council or external sponsors). In the case that a fellow has the will to, or need to undertake extra years of studies after completing this one-year fellowship, he/she is advised to consult the host university and China Scholarship Council as early as possible.
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