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 2021-2022.

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 2021-2022:

  • Chemistry 
  • Engineering
  • GeoSciences
  • Mathematics 
  • Medicine and Veterinary Medicine with particular emphasis on Public Health, Life Science and Agriculture
  • Physics and Astronomy

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 2021-2022 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 website ensuring that the correct Scholarship scheme has been selected - 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.


Applicants should apply online for PhD admission to the University of Edinburgh by the 15th of February 2021 and all English Language requirements must be met by the end of February 2021.

To be considered for this scholarship applicants should complete the China Scholarship Council/University of Edinburgh Scholarship application form with should be submitted to the relevant College/School by the 15th of February 2021.  We encourage applicants who wish to apply for this scholarship to make contact with their academic school regarding any admission deadlines.

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic session are no longer being accepted for this scholarship as the 15th of February deadline has now passed. 

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:


Engineering -

GeoSciences -

Mathematics -

Physics and 

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