Scholarships and Student Funding

China Scholarships Council/University of Edinburgh Scholarships

Scholarships will be available for PhD study to candidates who are citizens and permanent residents of the People's Republic of China at the time of applying for entry for the academic year 2020-2021.

Candidates should have met English language requirements and have received an offer of admission from the University of Edinburgh to study on a full-time PhD degree programme at the time of nomination.

For information, the following schools are participating in the scheme for 2020-2021:

  • Biological Sciences with particular emphasis on Agriculture; Life Sciences and Public Health; Materials Science and New Materials; Energy and the Environment
  • Chemistry 
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics 
  • Medicine and Veterinary Medicine with particular emphasis on Public Health, Life Science and Agriculture

For successful applicants, the applicable School will provide scholarships to cover tuition fees and additional programme costs, and CSC will consider their application for a living allowance as prescribed from time to time by the Chinese Government (which includes Student Health cover), a return airfare from China to the UK by the most economical route, and visa application fees.


The scholarships will be awarded to citizens and permanent residents of the People's Republic of China who at the time of application have received an offer of a PhD place from the University of Edinburgh.

Candidates should not be currently working outside China at the time of application, and successful candidates must agree to return to China upon completion of their research degree at the University of Edinburgh. Candidates currently studying outside China are eligible to apply, but not those who have already commenced a PhD programme of study prior to the 2020-2021 academic year.

Candidates nominated by the University to be considered for a scholarship should satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC by completing the CSC Application Form and the CSC Employer Reference Form which can be found on the CSC websiteensuring that the correct Scholarship scheme has been selected - institutional & personal channel, as there are several different schemes.


The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit with candidates requiring the equivalent of a first-class honours degree from a Chinese university.


Applications for this scholarship are no longer being accepted for 2020-2021 as the 17th of February deadline has now passed.


Participating School contacts

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

CSC applicants from the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine are asked to check the availability of tuition fee funding with their prospective supervisor before submitting their CSC application. Completed CSC applications should be sent to:

Morag Sawkins - Email:

College of Science & Engineering

CSC applicants from the College of Science and Engineering are asked to send their completed CSC Application to the relevant participating School where they intend to undertake their PhD:

Biological Sciences - Email:

Chemistry- Email:

Engineering - Email:

Mathematics - Email:


Successful scholars will be notified by the end of June 2020.

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