China Scholarship Council

Simon Fraser University is honoured to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) which will provide joint funding for students pursuing graduate studies at the Doctoral (PhD) level.

There are three study options for CSC Scholarships at SFU:

  • Full PhD: The CSC scholarship provides $1600 per month and travel expenses. SFU provides funding equivalent to the cost of tuition up to 48 months (PhD) under the condition that the CSC’s support is secured. See details below.
  • Visiting Doctoral Student (Visiting Graduate Research Students): 1 year scholarship for students who are currently registered in a PhD program in China to visit SFU for research purposes. The CSC scholarship provides $1600 per month and travel expenses. SFU provides no additional funding, unless agreed to by the SFU research supervisor. If you wish to come for a short-term visit, please see how to apply as a visiting graduate research student
  • Postdoctoral Fellow. (3-12 month scholarship for individuals who hold a PhD degree to obtain further research training at SFU). The CSC scholarship provides $1600 per month and travel expenses. If you wish to visit SFU as a postdoctoral fellow, positions may be listed on individual departments' websites or on faculty members' websites.


Value & Tenure of Award

CSC Portion: living allowances (including health insurance), a “round trip” airfare to SFU by the most economical route, and visa application fees. Valued at $1,700 per month.

SFU Portion: funding equivalent to the cost of tuition up to 48 months (PhD) under the condition that the CSC’s support is secured. 

Total Award Value: the annual combined award amount is $25,400 derived from the two sources: $20,400 China Scholarship Council.


You may be eligible to apply under this Agreement if you:

The eligibility criteria for the China Scholarship Council funding is available on their website.

*If you are an overseas Chinese student currently studying abroad, you may also apply but need to contact the Education Office of the Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China in Canada.

Application process and deadlines

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you must:

  • Follow all regular application procedures for admission to SFU;
    • We invite you to consider creating a Joint PhD/Cotutelle program at Simon Fraser University. This high-level international training opportunity lets you work with two senior supervisors at their respective academic research institutions in two countries and is customized to meet your PhD research objectives.
  • Submit an application for admission to Simon Fraser University by the deadline listed on the departmental website.  Regardless, admission applications must be submitted by January 15 for the upcoming Fall term;
  • Please note, on your SFU application form, that you have applied to CSC or will be applying for the CSC competition. Please specify the deadline date for the CSC competition at your home university;
  • Review the application process for the 2016/17 CSC competition on the CSC website
  • Once you have received an offer of admission from Simon Fraser University (no later than March 20), you must apply to the CSC scholarship program through your home university in China. You will require a copy of your official admission letter from SFU as part of the application process.
  • CSC will inform you by May 31 if you are successful in obtaining CSC funding to ensure that you receive the tuition waiver.

If you have any questions about the Simon Fraser University-China Scholarship Council agreement, please contact Please note that you do not apply to SFU for the scholarship and SFU does not award the China Scholarship Council scholarship or answer questions concerning eligibility.

At a Glance

SFU-China Scholarship Council Agreement

Eligibility:  Selected successful recipients of the China Scholarship Council funding are eligible to receive a tuition waiver.

Looking for a Supervisor?

If you are interested in becoming a Full PhD student or a Visiting Doctoral Student at SFU, please see this list of faculty members currently seeking students for fall 2016. 

The departments represented on this list include Chemistry, Math, Engineering Science, Mechatronics Systems Engineering, Computing Science, Education and Economics. 

This list is not exhaustive and there are many other faculty members looking for students that are not included here. As well, some faculty members may have already identified candidates so please contact them directly to find out if they are still looking for students.

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