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).











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

Doctoral Candidates

Value & Duration

The CSC will provide annual funding for the following:

  • Annual living allowance
  • International health insurance
  • Return airfare
  • Visa application fees

McGill  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.


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

January 1**

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

February 15

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

February 26

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

March 10-March 30

CSC online application deadline

March 31

CSC is expected to announce scholarship recipients

May 31

**Confirm with department as some might have an earlier application deadline.


  • 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 a conditional offer of admission from McGill.
  • All candidates must satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC.

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.

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. Letters of recommendation can be found on our Staff website (login required).

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

Providing Funding

The funds for the department and/or supervisors' financial commitment should come from awards. Students can be considered for further funding. Ongoing funding will be conditional upon the student’s satisfactory academic progress in the program. 

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

Guidelines for Staff

Please visit the guideline here for staff only (login required).

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

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