Scholarships and Awards

External Award: Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program

December 12, 2018

Global Affairs Canada and the Chinese Ministry of Education are offering short-term scholarships to Canadians wishing to study abroad in China. Scholarships are awarded for studies, research, language studies or a combination of studies and language studies at participating Chinese institutions.

Program Overview

  • Funding organizations: Global Affairs Canada and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China
  • Target audiences: Canadian students (college, undergraduate and graduate levels in Canada); Canadian faculty members and research staff at a post-secondary institution in Canada; Canadian mid-career professionals
  • Number of scholarships: Over 20
  • Duration: 4 to 12 months for students; and 8 weeks to 12 months for faculty members and mid-career professionals
  • Inclusions: Airfare, tuition fees, monthly living stipend, on-campus accommodation and medical insurance
  • Deadline: March 1, 2019


Scholarships are available for studies and research, for a combination of studies and language studies, or for language studies only. Scholarships are not to be used towards a degree in China.

Scholarships are tenable at Chinese institutions that admit scholarship recipients of the Chinese Government Scholarship. These institutions are marked by an asterisk (*) in the list of participating Chinese institutions.

For students, each award is tenable for a period of no more than 12 months and no less than four months.

For mid-career professionals and faculty members, awards are tenable for a period of no more than 12 months and no less than eight weeks.

The scholarship is tenable between September 2019 and August 2020.


Applicants must:

  • be Canadian citizens residing in Canada;
  • be either:
    • a full-time professor or research staff at a recognized post-secondary education or research institution in Canada;
    • a student enrolled in either a college, undergraduate or graduate program at a recognized post-secondary education institution in Canada; or
    • a mid-career professional from a Canadian government, media or cultural organization, or national education association, who has a graduate (Master's or doctoral) degree and has managerial, policy development or decision making responsibilities for at least three years with the organization;
  • have achieved the required level of written and spoken Chinese by the host institution in China, if applicable;
  • undertake studies in an approved subject area in a Chinese institution;
  • not be seeking a degree in China;
  • be under 45 years of age if applying under the “General Scholar” category of the China Scholarship Council (CSC); and
  • be under 50 years of age if applying under the “Senior Scholar” category of the CSC.

Please note that employees of the Government of Canada’s departments and agencies(including those on leave), although eligible for this scholarship, are not eligible for the travel benefit funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

Desired qualifications

Applications will be assessed on the applicant's academic merit, proposed study or research plan, and the relevance of the proposal to their career plans.

  • Mid-career professionals must demonstrate strong leadership qualities through a commitment to innovation, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Preference will be given to those candidates whose study or research plan is related to China.
  • If applying for language courses, priority may be given to those who have demonstrated a previous interest in the Chinese language and have a basic knowledge of the Chinese language.

Scholarship value

The award component provided by the Chinese Government Scholarship includes:

  • tuition fees at participating Chinese institutions;
  • a monthly stipend appropriate to the recipient’s status (Approximate values):
    • 2,500 Yuan for undergraduate and language students;
    • 3,000 Yuan for Master’s degree students; and
    • 3,500 Yuan for PhD students and senior scholars.
  • on-campus accommodation or a subsidy for off-campus accommodation (if permitted); and
  • comprehensive medical insurance.


The deadline to submit the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) online application is March 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The deadline to receive the China Scholarship Council (CSC) online application form and supporting documentation by mail is March 1, 2019.

Applicants will be contacted for Pre-selection by April 3, 2019 regarding the status of their application.

CBIE will communicate with successful candidates by early August 2019.

For more information, visit the Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program website.

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