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Confucius Institute Scholarships

In order to cultivate qualified TCSOL (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages) teachers and facilitate Chinese cultural promotion worldwide, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) has launched the Confucius Institute Scholarships programme.

General information

We help current students of CIBL in their applications for CI scholarships upon request. For all other external applicants, please follow this link to go to the official Hanban website for full application details.

About

For the purpose of cultivating qualified Chinese language teachers and facilitating the promotion of Chinese language and culture, the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) launches “Confucius Institute Scholarship” (CIS) to support outstanding students, scholars and currently employed Chinese language teachers recommended by Confucius Institutes, independently operated Confucius Classrooms as well as some HSK test centers (hereinafter collectively referred to as “recommending institutions”) to study in Chinese universities and colleges (hereinafter referred to as “host institutions”).

Eligibility

All applicants shall be:

a) current students of CIBL; 

b) non-Chinese citizens;

c) in good physical and mental condition, with good academic performance and conduct;

d) committed to the Chinese language education and related work;

e) between the ages of 16 and 35 as of September 1st, 2020. Applicants currently working as Chinese language teachers shall not be over 45, while undergraduate student applicants shall not be over 25.

Scholarship types & qualifications

Scholarship for Doctor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (DTCSOL)

The program commences in September 2020 and provides scholarship for a maximum four academic years.  Applicants shall hold a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese as A Foreign Language, Linguistics, Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages or education-related majors. Applicants shall have a minimum score of 200 on the HSK Test (Level 6), 60 on the HSKK test (Advanced Level) and more than 2 years’ work experience in Chinese language teaching and related fields. Priority will be given to applicants who may provide a work contract with a teaching institution upon completing their studies in China or a proof to the same effect.

Scholarship for Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL)

The program commences in September 2020 and provides scholarship for a maximum of two academic years. Applicants shall hold a Bachelor’s degree, and have a minimum score of 210 on the HSK Test (Level 5) as well as 60 on the HSKK test (Intermediate Level). Priority will be given to applicants who may provide a work contract with a teaching institution upon completing their studies in China or a proof to the same effect. 

Scholarship for Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (BTCSOL)

The program commences in September 2020 and provides scholarship for a maximum of four academic years. Applicants shall hold a senior high school diploma and a minimum score of 210 on the HSK Test (Level 4) as well as 60 on the HSKK test (Intermediate Level).

Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Study

The program commences in September 2020, and provides scholarship for a maximum of eleven months. International students currently studying in China are not eligible.

i. TCSOL

Applicants shall have a minimum score of 270 on the HSK test (Level 3), and an HSKK test score is required.

ii. Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, Chinese Philosophy, etc.

Applicants shall have a minimum score of 180 on the HSK test (Level 4) and 60 on the HSKK test (Intermediate Level).

iii. Chinese Language Study

Applicants shall have a minimum score of 210 on the HSK test (Level 3). Priority will be given to applicants who provide an HSKK test score.   

Scholarship for One-Semester Study

The program commences either in September 2020 or March 2021, and provides scholarship of a maximum of five months. Applicants holding the X1 or X2 visa are not eligible.

i. TCSOL, Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, Chinese Philosophy, etc.

Applicants shall have a minimum score of 180 on the HSK test (Level 3), and an HSKK test score is required.

ii. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taiji Culture

An HSK test score is required. Priority will be given to applicants who provide an HSKK test score.

Scholarship for Four-Week Study

The program commences either in July or December 2020, and provides a four-week scholarship. Applicants holding the X1 or X2 visa are not eligible.

i. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taiji Culture, Chinese Language plus Home-Stay Experience in a Chinese Family, Special Four-week Program for Confucius Institutes

An HSK test score is required. The program may be organized and applied for by a Confucius Institute with 10-15 participants per group. Prior to the trip, a detailed study plan shall be made in consultation with host institutions and such plan shall be submitted to CIH for approval. 

Cooperative Scholarship between Hanban and Host Institutions

i. Cooperative Scholarship between CIH and Host Institutions. CIH has established a scholarship in cooperation with some host institutions. Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Study, Scholarship for MTCSOL and Scholarship for BTCSOL shall be enrolled by the relevant institutions according to the standards stipulated in this Guide. Scholarship for “Chinese + Vocational Training” shall be enrolled according to the standards announced by the relevant institutions in the International Chinese Language Teachers (Confucius Institute) Scholarship Application System (the categories and enrollment quota of relevant institutions are listed in Appendix 3).

ii. Cooperative Scholarship between CIH and Educational Departments and Universities of Other Countries. The enrollment methods, quota and forms of support under this scholarship will be updated on the International Chinese Language Teachers (Confucius Institute) Scholarship application website.


Application procedures

Online registration will be available from March 1, 2020 on the International Chinese Language Teachers (Confucius Institute) Scholarship application website (cis.chinese.cn). Please log on to search for recommending institutions and host institutions; upload application materials online; and track the application progress, comments and result. Scholarship holders need to confirm with the host institutions to go through the procedures of studying in China, print out the scholarship certificate online, and register at host institutions on the designated date as per the letter of admission.

Application deadline (Beijing time)

a) For programs commencing in July, student application must complete before April 10th; recommending institutions and host institutions must complete review before April 20th;
b) For programs commencing in September, student application must complete before May 10th; recommending institutions and host institutions must complete review before May 20th;
c) For programs commencing in December, student application must complete before September 10th; recommending institutions and host institutions must complete review before September 20th;
d) For programs commencing in March 2021, student application must complete before November 10th; recommending institutions and host institutions must complete review before November 20th.

*CIH will entrust an expert panel to review the applications. Decisions will be made based on HSK and HSKK scores and levels, and in consideration of country distribution as well as other factors. The results will be published about three months before school starts.

How to apply

1. Contact CIBL office to discuss your preferred scholarship (this can be done in person or over the phone)

2. Go to the Confucius Institute Headquarters webpage and create an online account

3. Fill out the online application form and upload the required documents – DO NOT SUBMIT the application

4. Contact Xiaoji XIE  from the CIBL office so that your application can be checked. If everything is in order, you will be asked to submit your application

Once the application has been submitted applicants will need to wait for Hanban to announce the result on their website. Should the application be successful then applicants will need to make all their own arrangements for international travel (flights, visas and insurance).

Please note: CIBL aims to fully support all our recommended applications, however, final decisions of the scholarship outcomes only lies with Hanban (the funder) and the University (the host).  

*For complete information about this scholarship, please refer to the official Hanban website.