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China Scholarship Council (CSC) grants: 2022 Doctoral Campaign

From September 7, 2021 to September 30, 2021

Crédits photo : iStock/andriano_cz
Crédits photo : iStock/andriano_cz

The Université de Lyon (UdL) has signed an agreement with the China Scholarship Council (CSC). As part of this agreement, the CSC provides funding for 30 doctoral scholarships per year, enabling 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 activities on behalf of its members. The China Scholarship Council (CSC) provides the Chinese Ministry of Education (MoE) with student mobility scholarships for doctoral students. The Université de Lyon has signed an agreement with the CSC to grant around thirty doctoral scholarships each year to the Université de Lyon institutions. The amount of the CSC grant is €1,350 per month, for a maximum duration of 48 months.

In 2021, 15 applications received scholarships out of the 25 submitted, with funding ranging from 36 to 48 months.

The 2022 campaign was launched on July 23, 2021. Thesis directors and doctoral schools can now submit their topics, in French or English, by downloading the document templates (see opposite).

Chinese candidates will then be allowed to submit their application, highlighting their scientific and linguistic skills, to the thesis directors and then to the CSC as soon as the validated subjects are published on the CSC scholarship web page. Candidates must follow the program’s procedure, which can be downloaded at the top of this page.

To apply for a CSC scholarship, you must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of China;
  • Hold (or be a future holder of) a Master’s degree or equivalent that demonstrates your 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 Cotutelle grants;
  • Have a very good level of French or English, depending on your scientific field (a minimum level of B2/C1 is recommended).

Important dates

  • Thesis proposals must be sent to before September 30, 2021 (the thesis proposal template is available in the download section opposite);
  • Approved proposals will be published here in December 2021;
  • Student applications to thesis directors and doctoral schools;
  • A shortlist will be issued by the thesis directors and doctoral schools before March 10, 2022;
  • Shortlisted candidates should submit their CSC scholarship applications directly via the CSC website between March 10 and March 30, 2022;
  • The CSC and doctoral schools will publish the final results in spring 2022;
  • The selected doctoral students will arrive in France on September 1, 2022.

Find out more on the dedicated web page