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Confucius China Studies Program Joint Research PhD Fellowship


Open to: 
Graduate students
Recent graduates/Alumni
Eligibility requirements: 
  • Research Ph.D. Fellowship: currently enrolled in a doctoral program at a U.S. Institution

  • Ph.D. in China Fellowship: have completed a master's degree, or will have completed a master's degree by the start of the fellowship

  • Are not a citizen of the People's Republic of China

  • Will not be recipients of other Chinese government scholarship funding

  • Will not have spent a significant amount of time in the People's Republic of China during the years of their secondary education


Application Process: 


The Confucius China Studies Program Fellowships do not have a campus process. The national deadline is typically in February. The application process is lengthy and requires many months of preparation.

Should I apply?

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How the ORC can help

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Amount Awarded: 
Over 100,000 RMB; Living stipend, research stipend, insurance, tuition, airfare, research visit

About the Confucius China Studies Joint Research PhD Fellowship

The Confucius China Studies Program Fellowship provides generous funding and support to doctoral students focusing on China.  Currently, there are 15 participating universities in China. The CCSP fellowships are administered through the Institute of International Education (IIE) and include the following opportunities:

The Research Ph.D. Fellowship, which ranges from six months to two years, and provides funding to U.S.-based students who wish to pursue China-related doctoral research across a broad range of fields in the arts, education, humanities and social sciences.
The Ph.D. in China Fellowship, which ranges from three to four years, and provides funding to students holding master's degrees in a China related field who wish to earn their their Ph.D. at a Chinese institution.

2 years+