China Scholarship Council (CSC) Joint Scholarship Program

The Dean of GPS, Dr. Josephine Nalbantoglu, met with the Executive Dean of Graduate School of Xiamen University, and CSC recipients from Xiamen. From left to right: Rongmo Zhang (Cell Biology), Dean Nalbantoglu, Tao Tao (Executive Dean of Xiamen University Graduate School), Jie Dong (Neuroscience), and Danni Cai (East Asian Studies).

 The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is a non-profit institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. The CSC is responsible for the organization, management and provision of financial resources to Chinese citizens studying abroad and to international students and scholars studying in China, with the goal of developing exchanges between China and other countries in the fields of education, science and technology.

In partnership with McGill University, the China Scholarship Council (CSC) offers scholarships to outstanding Chinese students who will pursue doctoral or postdoctoral studies at McGill.


Doctoral Candidates


  • Must be a Chinese citizen or permanent resident of China
  • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their studies and/or research
  • Must meet all of McGill’s requirements for admission to a doctoral program (including academic performance and English language requirements)
  • Must receive an unconditional offer admission from McGill.
  • All candidates must satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC.


The CSC will provide annual funding for the following:

  • Annual living allowance
  • International Health Insurance
  • Return airfare
  • Visa application fees

McGill (department/supervisor), in turn, will cover the annual cost of tuition and fees (exclusive of International Health Insurance).

McGill may provide additional financial support, subject to the availability of internal and external funding.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Funding is provided for a maximum period of four (4) years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

How to Apply

  1. Apply to the McGill doctoral program of your choice.
  2. Notify the department or program, and the potential supervisor that you will be applying for (or have already been offered) a CSC scholarship.
  3. Receive the department's funding letter and McGill's Offer of Admission*.
  4. Apply for a CSC scholarship through your home university following the procedures set by the CSC.
  5. Register at McGill.

*Please note that the funding offered to you by McGill will be contingent on your successful application for a CSC Scholarship.

Application Processing Timeline

Aplication process Date

Deadline for China Scholarship Council (CSC) candidates to submit a complete  application  (including required supporting documents) to  the chosen graduate department(s) at McGill 

Jan. 1

Deadline for McGill graduate department(s) to submit their recommendation(s) of qualified CSC candidates to the Graduate Admissions Unit in Enrolment Services

Feb 18

Date by which the Graduate Admissions Unit in Enrolment Services normally delivers offers of admission to CSC Candidates  

Feb. 28

Candidates admitted to McGill apply for CSC scholarship through their home university in China, according to instructions of CSC 

Mar 10-Mar 20

CSC online application deadline

March 31

CSC is expected to announce scholarship recipients

May 31

Postdoctoral Fellows


Candidates must meet McGill's normal selection criteria for postdoctoral fellows, including academic performance and English language requirement.                                                                                                                                                                                         


The CSC will provide funding for the following:

  • Annual living allowance
  • International Health Insurance
  • Return airfare
  • Visa application fees

McGill will provide all necessary resources and equipment. McGill supervisors may provide additional financial support, subject to the availability of internal and external funding.

How to Apply

  1. Approach the McGill faculty, department, program, laboratory, or researcher with whom you wish to work.
  2. Obtain a Letter of Agreement.
  3. Apply to the CSC for funding.
  4. Register at McGill.

CSC awardees are usually not eligible for postdoctoral registration status; they are required to to register with the institution hosting them as visiting scholars.  Please refer to McGill's policies and guidelines on Postdoctoral education, including definition and status, eligibility requirements and registration information.


Candidates must apply to CSC by March 20th for funding following the procedures set by CSC.

Additional Information for Staff

CSC Letter Requirements

To recommend the applicant for the China Scholarship Council (CSC) Joint Scholarship, you must provide the applicant with a specific letter of recommendation. Please request the most updated template letter from graduatefunding.gps [at] (GPS)

GPS MUST be notified when an applicant is being recommended for the CSC Joint Scholarship. To do so, please copygraduatefunding.gps [at] ( GPS Fellowships Officer )and your designated Admissions Officer when sending the CSC letter to the applicant.


Providing Funding

The funds for the department and/or supervisors' finacial commitment can come from any combination of RAships, TAships or awards. Students can be considered for further funding. Ongoing funding will be conditional upon the student’s satisfactory academic progress in the program. McGill funding will also be conditional on the students applying for an External DFW from the Quebec government. 

Potential CSC applicants to the Faculty of Engineering should be nominated for a MEDA International Leveraged award by their department/school.

Please note that McGill will be in contact with CSC representatives to verify that students apply to the China Scholarship Council Scholarships.