PhD, International

Launch of the 2023 China Scholarship Council Doctoral Scholarships campaign

On The November 7, 2022


The Université de Lyon (UdL) has entered into a partnership with the China Scholarship Council (CSC), which provides funding for 30 doctoral scholarships each year through the CSC. It aims to enable Chinese students to study for their PhD in one of the Université de Lyon’s member institutions.

As part of its international policy, the Université de Lyon organizes research and training support activities on behalf of its members and associates. The China Scholarship Council (CSC) provides the Chinese Ministry of Education (MoE) with a student mobility scholarship program for doctoral students. The Université de Lyon has signed an agreement with the CSC to grant around thirty doctoral scholarships each year to institutions. The amount of the CSC grant is €1350 per month, for a maximum duration of 48 months.

In 2022, 17 applications were selected among the 26 that were shortlisted, with funding ranging from 36 to 48 months.

The 2023 campaign has just been launched. Thesis directors and doctoral schools are invited to submit their thesis topics in French or English. Chinese candidates will then be able to submit their application to the thesis directors and then to the CSC as soon as the validated subjects are published on the CSC scholarship web page, by strictly following the program’s procedure.


  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of China
  • Hold (or be a future holder of) a Master’s degree or equivalent that demonstrates aptitude for research
  • Be in the 2nd year of a Master’s degree or 1st year of a PhD for a basic grant
  • Be in the 2nd year of a PhD for co-directed grants
  • Have a very good level of French or English, depending on the scientific field (a minimum level of B2/C1 is recommended)


  1. Thesis proposals must be submitted before December 11, 2022
  2. Approved thesis proposals will be published by the UdL and the CSC in January 2023
  3. Candidates will be shortlisted by the thesis directors and doctoral schools between January and February 2023
  4. Shortlisted candidates should submit their applications via the CSC website no later than March 6, 2023
  5. The selected CSC scholarship candidates will be announced at the end of May 2023
  6. The selected doctoral students will arrive in France on September 1, 2023

For all the important dates and practical information, please visit the CSC Scholarship webpage