China Scholarship Council (CSC) Students

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has a partnership agreement with the CSC under their State-Sponsored Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships for top Chinese students who wish to come to the U of S. The purpose of this agreement is to develop research collaborations between University of Saskatchewan and Chinese institutions, and to provide graduate educational opportunities to Chinese students.

The College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is responsible for administering this agreement. These responsibilities include providing:

  • Support and guidance to prospective CSC students on finding a supervisor and applying;
  • Information and guidance to faculty members and units receiving CSC student applications;
  • Assurance that the U of S is fulfilling its contractual obligations to CSC and the student as specified in the partnership agreements; and
  • A confirmation report to CSC on the approved applicants and resolving any issues that may arise. 

There are three types of CSC scholarships available to Chinese students:

  1. Doctoral (PhD) Scholarship
  2. Visiting PhD Scholarship
  3. Postdoctoral Fellowship

 

Doctoral (PhD) Scholarship - Degree Students

Applicants who are Chinese citizens and who meet the CSC eligibility requirements are eligible to apply for a CSC scholarship to pursue a PhD program at the U of S. Applicants residing in China can apply through their own university in China or directly to the CSC. Applicants who are residing outside China, must apply through the Chinese embassy in the country they currently reside.

Applying to the University of Saskatchewan

Prospective applicants can contact the CGPS International Recruitment Office for assistance in finding a supervisor. CGPS may contact individual faculty, or the graduate chair, on behalf of a prospective student. 

All applicants are required to meet the minimum admission requirements of the program to which they are applying.  Graduate Pathways Program admission is permissible for students who do not initially meet the English proficiency requirements[CT1] . However, the student would have to self-fund that portion of their studies. In some cases, a tuition bursary for the English course(s) is available from CGPS for well-qualified students. Contact the CGPS International Recruitment Office for more information.

A formal offer of admission from the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS) is required as part of the CSC application.

Applying to Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC)

All applicants applying for funding from the CSC must also meet the CSC eligibility requirements. Students are responsible for checking the CSC website to confirm the current requirements and CSC application procedures.

Deadlines

The deadline for students to apply to CSC in China is April 5th. The deadline for students to apply to the U of S depends on your program deadlines. An opportunity to recruit a CSC-funded student can arise unexpectedly and you may have to be flexible and work outside of your normal timelines if you wish to attract the student.

Funding

The CSC will provide the admitted students with standard living allowances, currently valued at $1,600/month CAD for up to four years, return airfare to Saskatoon, visa application fees and other funding as determined by the Chinese government.

Faculty supervisors and/or the receiving unit are required to provide a tuition scholarship equalling the annual tuition assessed to the admitted student for up to four years, providing that the student maintain registration in his/her PhD program and continues to hold the CSC scholarship.

The student is responsible for paying his/her student fees.

University of Saskatchewan – China Doctoral Scholar Program

The CGPS may provide supplemental entrance scholarships, valued at $16,000 to qualified newly admitted PhD students who have not attended the U of S in the past. The funding is paid out in equal annual increments over four years at $4,000 per year. It is awarded on a competitive basis to students who:

  • Are admitted into a  doctoral program on a four year CSC scholarship, and
  • Have a minimum GPA of 80% as determined by the CGPS, and
  • Meet the English language proficiency requirements.
  • Funding for year two to four depends on satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree and maintaining an 80% GPA on courses completed after registration.

Please submit Recommendation for U of S-China Supplemental CGPS Scholarship form prior to March 10th.  The number of scholarships may vary per year and the final selection will be made by the CGPS.

Prospective applicants can contact the CGPS International Recruitment Office for assistance in finding a supervisor. CGPS may contact individual faculty, or the graduate chair, on behalf of a prospective student. 

All applicants are required to meet the minimum admission requirements of the program to which they are applying.  Graduate Pathways Program admission is permissible for students who do not initially meet the English proficiency requirements. However, the student would have to self-fund that portion of their studies. In some cases, a tuition bursary for the English course(s) is available from CGPS for well-qualified students. Contact the CGPS International Recruitment Office for more information.

A formal offer of admission from the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS) is required as part of the CSC application.

Joint Student Scholarship - Visiting Students

Students in a PhD program at a Chinese university may apply for a CSC joint-student scholarship to come to the U of S for a period of supervised research.

All applicants applying for funding from the CSC for a joint-student scholarship must also meet the CSC eligibility requirements. Students are responsible for checking the CSC website to confirm the current requirements and CSC application procedures.

The CSC application process accepts a “Letter of Invitation” from a faculty member as proof of admission and students often request such letters. However, U of S policy does not permit admission based on a faculty letter of invitation. Such letters are not considered a legitimate offer of admission for visa and study permit purposes, and, faculty should instruct prospective visiting students to apply through one of the appropriate application streams.

There are two U of S application streams for visiting CSC students. Both streams require that the student submit an online application. Admitted students will receive a formal offer of admission letter from the CGPS for submission to the CSC. 

Visiting Research Students (VRS)

Visiting Research Students (VRS) may attend the University of Saskatchewan for up to 12 months per 18-month period.  VRS do not pay tuition, and, they are not eligible to take courses. The VRS applicant does not need to submit an English proficiency test.

VRS must find a faculty member willing to supervise their research and complete the online application form. There is no application fee.

Joint Student / sandwich program

Joint-Students may attend the University of Saskatchewan for periods up to 24 months. These students pay tuition at the posted rates, and they are eligible to do research and to take graduate courses. The joint-student applicant must meet minimum admission requirements (admission average and language competence).  

Joint students must find a faculty member willing to supervise their research and complete the online application form.  The standard application fee applies.  

Deadlines

The deadline for students to submit their completed application to CSC in China is April 5th. There is no deadline for students to apply to the U of S for admission as a VRS or as a Joint Student.   

Funding

The CSC will provide the admitted students with standard living allowances as determined by the Chinese government, currently valued at $1,600/month CAD, return airfare to Saskatoon, visa application fees and other funding as determined by the Chinese government.

Provincial health care benefits are provided at no additional cost.

Extended health benefits, including coverage for medicines and dental appointments, are available through the Graduate Students’ Association to joint-students only.  

Timelines for CSC Student Applicants

Applicants contact potential supervisors and graduate programs   and prepare application documents

September 1 – January 31 

Graduate programs assess applications and make recommendations to the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS)

December – February 1

CGPS reviews recommendations

December – February 27

CGPS issues offers of admission to students

No later than March 20th

Students apply for CSC scholarship through their home universities in China or directly as appropriate

March 20 – April 5  Chinese universities may have an internal deadline for CSC applicants, that is earlier than the CSC deadline.

CSC application deadline

April 5th

CSC announces scholarship recipients

May

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applicants who are Chinese citizens and who have graduated from a PhD program within the last three years, and who are less than 40 years old (i.e. date of birth after January 5, 1976) may apply for a CSC post-doc scholarship to come to the U of S for a period of up to two years.

Applying to China Scholarship Council (CSC)

All prospective postdocs must meet the CSC eligibility requirements. Applicants are responsible for checking the CSC website to confirm the current requirements and CSC application procedures. In addition to various personal documents, the postdoc applicant will be required to submit to CSC:

  • A current copy of the prospective supervisor’s curriculum vitae;
  • A research proposal, agreed to by the prospective supervisor;
  • A letter of offer from the prospective supervisor (as noted below).

Applying to the University of Saskatchewan

U of S policies require that postdoc applicants have graduated from a PhD program within the preceding five years. Check Admissions for Postdoctoral Fellows for details on the application and admission process.

The postdoc applicant must submit a letter of offer from the U of S faculty member who is the prospective supervisor as part of the CSC application. The template for a letter of offer international for postdoctoral fellows can be modified for this purpose.

Deadlines

The deadline for postdoc scholarship applications to the CSC in China is January 15th.   

Funding

The CSC postdoc scholarship provides awardees with a living allowance of $24,400 CDN annually. Minimum annual funding for postdoctoral fellows at the U of S is currently set at $35,000 CDN. The supervising faculty member is responsible for providing the supplemental funding necessary to ensure that the minimum remuneration level is met.

For further information on the postdoctoral application and admission process, please contact the PDF Coordinator.

If you have questions about the CSC scholarship process for postdoctoral fellows, please contact the CGPS International Recruitment Office.