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 2018-2019.

Candidates should have satisfied all English language requirements and have received an offer of admission from the University of Edinburgh to study on a full-time PhD degree programme by the time the University puts forward their list of endorsed applications (Friday 23 February 2018).

Scholarships are available for study in the following Schools:

  • Biological Sciences with particular emphasis on Agriculture; Life Sciences and Public Health; Materials Science and New Materials; Energy and the Environment
  • Chemistry 
  • Engineering
  • GeoSciences 
  • 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 at the time of application who are accepted for admission on a full-time basis for a postgraduate PhD degree programme at 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 2018-2019 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.


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 and should complete a China Scholarship Council/University of Edinburgh Joint Scholarship application form which should be submitted to the relevant College/School, also by 1st February 2018. We encourage applicants who wish to apply for this scholarship to make contact with their academic school regarding any admission deadlines.

College/School contact details can be found below.

In addition to applying to the University for admission,  candidates nominated by the University to be considered for a scholarship should also complete the China Scholarship Council (CSC)application form and Employer Reference and submit to the CSC. Application forms are available online between 20 March 2018 and 5 April 2018 on the CSC website. There will only be one round of scholarship applications this year so you must apply to the CSC between 20 March and 5 April if you wish to be considered

Nominated applicants should submit the following to the CSC as soon as the online CSC application form becomes available on 20 March 2018 (The CSC will however accept applications up to 5 April 2018):

  • hard copy of the signed CSC Application Form
  • completed CSC Employer Reference Form
  • a copy of the full postgraduate application form for PhD admission at the University of Edinburgh
  • a copy of all supporting documentation submitted with your PhD application

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:


Selection Procedure

School staff will submit to the Director of Scholarships and Student Administration by Friday 23 February 2018:

  • a list of ranked candidates of applicants who have been offered a place of admission at the University which will include the student's name and subject area (All endorsed applications where a candidate has been offered a conditional offer of admission should have satisfied all English language requirements.)
  • a copy of the postgraduate offer of admission letter
  • a copy of the Award letter detailing the value of the University Scholarship

Tessa Rundell will submit all the applications on behalf of the University, together with a copy of all Award letters which will detail the value of the University Scholarship which each scholar will receive, to the CSC in mid March 2018.

Note to University Staff

College/School staff will be required to prepare a Scholarship Award letter for each student whom Colleges/Schools endorse to the CSC. The CSC wish to receive the original Award Letter and this should be sent to Tessa Rundell as requested above. Students should not receive a copy of their Award letter at this time. If a student is successful in obtaining a CSC scholarship then the CSC will pass the Award letter to the student to inform them that they have also received the University scholarship.

Final Selection

The CSC will evaluate the list of applicants submitted by the University and will provide a shortlist of potential scholarship recipients to Tessa Rundell by the end of April/early May 2018. Tessa with liaise with the College Offices and agreement will be reached as quickly as possible between the University and the CSC on who should receive the scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic session.


1st February Deadline for receipt of application by candidates to Schools
23rd February Receipt of School nominations and associated paperwork to Scholarships and Student Funding Services
by 13th March Applicants to be informed if they have been nominated by the University to CSC, or not
20th March to 5th April Nominated candidates should submit required information to CSC (see Applying section above)
28th April Shortlist of potential CSC recipients to the University from CSC
May Agreement between the University and CSC on successful scholars

Related Links

Postgraduate admission