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Confucius China Studies Program

In order to foster deep understanding of China and the Chinese culture among young generations from around the world, enable the prosperous growth of China studies, promote the sustainable development of Confucius Institutes, and enhance the friendly relationship between China and the people of other countries, the Confucius Institute Headquarters has set up the "Confucius China Studies Program." The Program consists of six subprograms in the academic areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  1. Purpose
    • Support doctoral students (candidates) registered with foreign universities to come to China for study, research and writing of their doctoral dissertations. Students who successfully complete the program may receive Ph.D. degrees either from the foreign universities they registered or both the Chinese and the foreign universities.
  2. Duration
    • From six months to two years.
  3. Eligibility
    • Non-Chinese citizen;
    • HSK test score level 3 is required, and priority is given to applicants with higher level of proficiency in Chinese under same conditions;
    • Priority is given to students studying at Confucius Institutes (CI) or from CI host universities;
    • Applicants who are currently participating in Chinese Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply for this Program.
  4. Application Materials
    • Ph.D. Study Certificate;
    • Two letters of recommendation from scholars in related field;
    • HSK transcript;
    • Abstract of master's thesis or other academic publications;
    • Abstract of doctoral dissertation;
    • A research plan for the study in China;
    • Priority is given to applicants who obtain a letter of recommendation from local Confucius Institutes.
  5. How to Apply
    1. Applicants shall log in to ccsp.chinese.cn and download the application form.
    2. Complete and sign the form.
    3. Scan the signed form and send it electronically to: ccsp@hanban.org.
    4. Post the application forms and other supporting documents required (both Chinese and English versions) in one packet to the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
  6. Assessment Process
    • Applicants will have a correspondence review from the expert panel of the Confucius China Studies Program, followed by an interview.
  7. Funding
    • Lodging and living stipend: 80,000 RMB per year;
    • Research fund: 20,000 RMB per year (to be reimbursed against actual cost);
    • Round-trip international airfare (economy class, to be reimbursed against actual cost)
    • Tuition fees;
    • Other support provided by the host Chinese university;
    • Expenses for the foreign supervisor's visit or research in China;
    • Expenses for life and medical insurance in China;
    • Group activities and cultural experience.
  8. Schedule
    • Correspondence review by expert panel in February;
    • Interview within one month after correspondence review;
    • Announcement of final results within 1 month after interview;
    • Enrollment in September or March every year.

  1. Purpose
    • Support foreign students to pursue full-time Ph.D. degrees in the humanities and social sciences at Chinese universities.
  2. Duration
    • Normally from three to four years.
  3. Eligibility
    • Non-Chinese citizen;
    • HSK test score level 5 is required, and priority is given to applicants with a higher level of proficiency in Chinese under same conditions;
    • Priority is given to students studying at Confucius Institutes (CI) or from CI host universities;
    • Applicants who are currently participating in Chinese Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply for this plan.
  4. Application Materials
    • Recognized transcripts of undergraduate and graduate studies, diplomas and copies of all the documents above in Chinese;
    • HSK transcript;
    • Abstract of master's thesis and other academic publications;
    • A doctoral research statement;
    • Two letters of recommendation from scholars in related field;
    • Priority is given to applicants who obtain a letter of recommendation from Confucius Institutes.
  5. How to Apply
    1. Applicants shall log in on ccsp.chinese.cn, to download the application form.
    2. Complete and sign the form.
    3. Scan the signed form and send it electronically to: ccsp@hanban.org.
    4. Post the application forms and other supporting documents required (both Chinese and English versions) in one packet to the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
  6. Assessment Process
    • Applicants will have a correspondence review from the expert panel of the Confucius China Studies Program, followed by an interview.
  7. Funding
    • Lodging and living stipend: 80,000 RMB per year;
    • Research fund: 20,000 RMB per year (to be reimbursed against actual cost);
    • One round-trip international airfare (economy class, to be reimbursed against actual cost) per year;
    • Tuition fees;
    • Other support provided by the host Chinese university;
    • Expenses for life and medical insurances in China;
    • Group activities and cultural experience.
  8. Schedule
    • Correspondence review by experts in February;
    • Interview within 1 month after correspondence review;
    • Announcement of final results within one month after interview;
    • Enrollment in September every year.

III. "Understanding China" Fellowship

This fellowship consists of the following three categories:

  • "Understanding China" Visiting Scholar to China
  • "Understanding China" Short-term Visit
  • "Understanding China" Chinese Visiting Scholar

  1. Purpose and Eligibility
    • This program serves to support teachers, researchers, postdoctoral scholars with the credential of assistant professor (or equivalent) and above from foreign universities and academic institutes to undertake research with Chinese researchers in China.
    • Applicants shall be non-Chinese citizens.
  2. Duration
    • From two weeks to six months.
  3. Application Materials
    • An invitation letter from a Chinese university;
    • Summary of academic publications;
    • A research statement for the visit;
    • Passport information;
    • Priority is given to applicants who obtain a letter of recommendation from local Confucius Institutes, or the Chinese Embassy (Consulate).
  4. How to Apply
    1. Applicants shall log in on ccsp.chinese.cn, to download the application form.
    2. Complete and sign the form.
    3. Scan the signed form and send it electronically to: ccsp@hanban.org.
    4. Post the application forms and other supporting documents required (both Chinese and English versions) in one packet to the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
  5. Assessment
    • Applicants will have a correspondence review from the expert panel of the Confucius China Studies Program.
  6. Funding
    • 10,000 RMB per month;
    • Round-trip international airfare (economy class, to be reimbursed against actual cost);
    • Expenses for life and medical insurances in China
  7. Schedule
    • After a 3-months expert review, the admitted applicants will receive "Notice of Funding" from the Confucius Institute Headquarters. The according host Chinese universities will be informed simultaneously.

  1. Purpose
    • The "Understanding China" Short-term Visit program serves to support senior officials from government, education and culture, non-governmental organizations and business.
  2. Duration
    • From two weeks to two months.
  3. Application Materials
    • Achievements and rewards;
    • A statement of purpose for the visit;
    • Passport information;
    • Priority is given to applicants who obtain a letter of recommendation from local Confucius Institutes, or the Chinese Embassy (Consulate)
  4. How to Apply
    1. Applicants shall log in on ccsp.chinese.cn, to download the application form.
    2. Complete and sign the form.
    3. Scan the signed form and send it electronically to: ccsp@hanban.org.
    4. Post the application forms and other supporting documents required (both Chinese and English versions) in one packet to the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
  5. Assessment
    • Applicants will have a correspondence review from the expert panel of the Confucius China Studies Program.
  6. Funding
    • Accommodation and travel expenses in China;
    • Round-trip international airfare (economy class, to be reimbursed against actual cost);
    • Expenses for life and medical insurances in China.
  7. Schedule
    • After passing a correspondence review from our expert panel, the admitted applicants will receive "Notice of Funding" from the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

  1. Purpose and Eligibility
    • This program serves to support Chinese senior scholars to give credit courses on Chinese economics, business, finance, law, culture, etc. in foreign universities; scholars shall give lectures at Confucius Institutes in the host country or neighboring countries.
  2. Duration
    • From 6 to 12 months. The duration could be extended at the request of the host country and the evaluation of performance accordingly.
  3. Application Materials
    • Application form;
    • Specifications of the credit courses.
  4. How to Apply
    1. Applicants shall log in on ccsp.chinese.cn, to download the application form.
    2. Complete and sign the form.
    3. Scan the signed form and send it electronically to: ccsp@hanban.org.
    4. Post the application forms and other supporting documents required (both Chinese and English versions) in one packet to the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
    • The Headquarters shall select applicants from the candidates' pool or recruit new candidates at request.
    • Scholars will be dispatched upon the approval of both Confucius Institute and the Chinese university.
  5. Funding
    • Scholars will be paid according to the standard of Government-sponsored teachers;
    • Extra research grant will be given to the scholar when needed.

  1. Purpose
    • Support outstanding youths who have been awarded at least a Bachelor's Degree and hold a certain position in the field of politics, economics, finance, law, education, culture, arts, and media to visit China;
    1. There area two ways in applying for the grant: (1) a plan will be made by the headquarters and published at due time through www.hanban.org and ccsp.chinese.cn, applicants can apply accordingly; (2) applicants can make their own visit plan and submit it to the Headquarters
    2. Support senior undergraduates or graduates holding a position in students' associations at foreign universities to visit China.
  2. Duration
    • From two weeks to six months.
  3. Eligibility
    • Non-Chinese citizen;
    • Normally under the age of 40;
    • Being interested in public affairs, and aspired to make positive contributions to the exchange and collaboration between China and other countries.
  4. Application Materials
    • Application form;
    • A letter of recommendation from a current employer and two from other references;
    • A statement of purpose for the visit;
    • Priority is given to applicants who obtain a letter of recommendation from local Confucius Institutes, or the Chinese Embassy (Consulate)
  5. How to Apply
    1. Applicants shall log in on ccsp.chinese.cn, to download the application form.
    2. Complete and sign the form.
    3. Scan the signed form and send it electronically to: ccsp@hanban.org.
    4. Post the application forms and other supporting documents required (both Chinese and English versions) in one packet to the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
  6. Assessment Process
    • Applicants will have a correspondence review from the expert panel of the Confucius China Studies Program.
  7. Funding
    • Accommodation and travel expenses in China;
    • Round-trip international airfare (economy class, to be reimbursed against actual cost);
    • Expenses for life and medical insurances in China.

  1. Purpose
    • The International Conference Grant is aimed at supporting Confucius Institutes, universities, research institutes and scholars to hold or attend international academic conferences on Sinology and/or China Studies.
  2. How to Apply
    1. Applicants shall log in on ccsp.chinese.cn, to download the application form.
    2. Complete and sign the form.
    3. Scan the signed form and send it electronically to: ccsp@hanban.org.
    4. Post the application forms and other supporting documents required (both Chinese and English versions) in one packet to the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
      • Sponsors of conference shall submit application documents, including the theme, scale and budget of the conference.
      • Participators of conference shall submit invitation of sponsors, outline for speech as well as budgets for accommodation, transportation and registration fees for the conference.
  3. Assessment Process
    • The application will be examined and reviewed by the expert panel of the Confucius China Studies Program.
  4. Funding
    • The accommodation and travel expenses of conference speakers;
    • Registration fees;
    • Publication fees of conference proceedings.

  1. Purpose and Eligibility
    • Publication Grant supports foreign scholars to publish or translate relevant monographs, doctoral dissertations or founding relevant academic journals on Sinology and/or China Studies.
    • The leading applicant must be a non-Chinese citizen.
  2. Application Materials
    • Brief description of the nature and scope of the publication project and its importance to the field;
    • At least a 30-pages sample in Chinese;
    • A budget;
    • Letters of recommendation from at least 2 referees in the area of the proposal;
    • Publisher contract or letter of intent from foreign publishers with a specified timeline for completion of the project.
  3. How to Apply
    1. Applicants shall log in on ccsp.chinese.cn to download the application form.
    2. Complete and sign the form.
    3. Scan the signed form and send it electronically to: ccsp@hanban.org.
    4. Post the application forms and other supporting documents required (both Chinese and English versions) in one packet to the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
  4. Funding
    • The grant covers expenses for editing, translation, publication, circulation and advertising. The exact expenses will be approved according to the application.

Confucius Institute

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Administration Building, Room 328
Moscow, Idaho 83844

Mailing Address:
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Phone: 208-885-7110

Fax: 208-885-5221

Email: confucius@uidaho.edu

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