External + Government Awards

China Scholarship Council

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is a government agency in China which provides scholarships to students for doctoral and postdoctoral studies abroad. These scholarships will be awarded to students across a wide range of disciplines. Note that CSC competitions are closed for 2020-2021 academic year.

CSC Scholarship (PhD) Eligibility

The CSC scholarship provides approximately $2,200/CAD per month and travel expenses to entering PhD students. SFU provides a tuition waiver up to 48 months under the condition that the CSC’s support is secured.

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

You may be eligible to apply for a CSC Scholarship (PhD) if you:

  • Plan to be enrolled full-time in a graduate program leading to a Doctoral degree at Simon Fraser University
  • Are a Chinese citizen living in China. If you are currently studying outside of China, you need to contact the Education Office of the Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China in Canada to find out how to apply.
  • Meet the minimum academic and English language requirements of the SFU graduate program to which you wish to apply.

Canadian Graduate Scholarships

Additional study options for CSC Scholarships at SFU:

Visiting Doctoral Student

The CSC provides a scholarship for up to 24 months, for students who are currently registered in a PhD program in China to visit SFU for research purposes. SFU provides no additional funding, unless agreed to by the SFU research supervisor. Learn more →

If you wish to come for a short-term visit, please see how to apply as a visiting graduate research student.

Postdoctoral Fellow

The CSC provides 3-12 month scholarship, valued at approximately $1,600 per month, for individuals who hold a PhD degree to obtain further research training at SFU. If you wish to visit SFU as a postdoctoral fellow, positions may be listed on individual departments' websites or on faculty members' websites.  Learn more about becoming a Postdoctoral Fellow at SFU →

CSC Scholarship PhD Application Process and Deadlines

If you meet the eligibility criteria for the CSC Scholarship PhD, you must follow all regular application procedures for admission to SFU, as follows:

Submit a PhD program admission application to SFU

Deadlines will be listed on department websites. You must submit your application by the department's deadline or by January 15 for the upcoming Fall term, whichever date comes first.

NOTE: You should note on your application that you have applied or will be applying for the CSC competition.

Apply for the CSC PhD Scholarship

Applying should be through your home university in China. You will need your offer of admission from SFU (which you will receive no later than March 20), to apply to the CSC scholarship program.

Send award letter upon obtaining CSC PhD Scholarship

The CSC will inform you by the end of June if you are successful in obtaining CSC funding. You must send a copy of your CSC award letter to gpsaward@sfu.ca; we will process your tuition waiver.

Contact: Please contact gradintl@sfu.ca for further information.