China Scholarships Council joint research scholarships

We're pleased to offer up to ten joint-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarships Council (CSC).

  • Funding: 100% of tuition fees for the full duration, which is typically three years; a grant for living costs; one return flight from China; UK visa fees
  • Academic year: 2021/22
  • Open to: Students from China
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate research
  • Number available: 10
Applications for 2021/22 are closed.

The scholarships are open to Chinese nationals intending to begin a PhD in the 2021/22 academic year. They will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and CSC priorities.

If you have already applied to York, you will receive an email informing you of the status of your nomination by 15 February 2021.


Open to students from China only.

  • You must be a citizen and permanent resident of the People's Republic of China at the time of application.
  • You must hold an unconditional offer* for a full-time PhD degree programme at the University of York commencing in Autumn 2021.
  • You are eligible to apply if you have an outstanding ATAS certificate as your only offer condition.
  • You must fulfil any English language requirements of your offer by 8 February 2021.
  • You must satisfy the eligibility and selection criteria set out by the CSC (

*If you are currently studying the final year of a bachelor or masters degree, you are eligible to apply for the scholarship if you hold a conditional offer where the only condition is the successful completion of your degree. If your offer is still conditional on fulfilling English language requirements, you cannot apply.

How to apply

Application deadline: Monday 8 February 2021, 11.59pm GMT

Firstly you must apply to York for the PhD you're interested in. After you receive an offer of study, you must then be nominated by your academic department for the scholarship. If you are nominated, you must apply directly to the CSC for consideration by the CSC selection panel.

  1. Apply to York

    Deadline to obtain PhD offer letter: 8 February 2021

    You must obtain an unconditional offer of study on a PhD programme by 8 February 2021. If you are a current bachelor or masters student you must obtain a conditional offer by this date where the sole condition is the successful completion of your degree. We recommend that you submit your PhD application by early-December in order to give your prospective department time to consider your application.
    On the postgraduate application form, please select 'China Scholarship Council – UoY PhD Programme' as your source of funding. If you've already applied and not selected this option, please contact your academic department.
  2. Receive nomination from your academic department
    Deadline for receiving nomination: 10 February 2021
    You will receive an email by 15 February to inform you whether or not you have been nominated by your academic department for consideration by the CSC selection panel.
  3. Apply to CSC
    CSC scholarship application deadline: 31 March 2021
    If you have been successfully nominated by your academic department you must then submit an application to the CSC on their website.
    Applications will open from 10 March – 31 March 2021 *Please note that this is a change made by the CSC*
    Please ensure you select the option for the “CSC – York Joint Programme” (与英国约克大学合作奖学金).
How we allocate

The University will notify you if your application has been nominated for further consideration by 8 March 2021.

If you've been nominated and have submitted your application to the CSC you can track progress using your CSC account.
Scholarship winners will be notified by the CSC in late Spring 2021. You will be notified via your CSC online tracking account and will also receive a final award letter from the University.

Contact details

International Team
+44 (0)1904 323534
University of York
YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

Contact us

Research Student Administration
+44 (0)1904 32 5962