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Confucius China Studies Program

Published: 10 January 2019

CI Headquarters in Beijing (HANBAN)

What is Confucius China Studies Program (CCSP) ?

Set up by CI Headquarters (HANBAN) in 2013.
With the purpose of enhancing the growth of Sinology and China studies.
With the purpose of Promoting the sustainable development of Confucius Institute and enhancing the friendship between Chinese people and people of other countries.
In collaboration with 16 top Chinese universities and lead scholars in the fields of humanities and social sciences
Provide excellent resources to China studies students and researchers.

How many subprograms does the CCSP include?

CCSP include six subprograms:

Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship to sponsor doctoral students registered at foreign universities, research or write doctoral dissertation in China. (6 months - 2 years)
Ph.D. in China Fellowship to sponsor foreign students to pursue full time Ph.D. degrees at top Chinese universities. (3-4 years)
Understanding China Fellowship
To sponsor foreign professors to do research in China (no more than 6 months)
To sponsor outstanding people from all communities to take study tour or short-term
research in China (2 weeks to 6 months)
To sponsor Chinese scholars to teach credit courses in China Studies field and undertake joint research in foreign universities (no more than one year).
Young Leaders Fellowship to sponsor outstanding youths of different fields to take study tour in China (2 weeks to 6 months).
International Conference Grant to sponsor China Studies-related international conferences.
Publication Grant  to sponsor international institutions, scholars or writers to translate and publish Chinese classics and modern works.

Language proficiency requirements for CCSP applicants

The two Ph.D. programs require a certain level of Chinese proficiency. The Ph.D. in China Fellowship requires a HSK Level 5 Certificate; the Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship gives a priority to applicants who achieved high scores in HSK test.

Other subprograms in principle have no language requirement.


Requirements for applicants’ specialties or fields

Academic programs (the two Ph.D. fellowships Understanding China Visiting Scholar Fellowship , International Conference Grant and Publication Grant, etc. ) accept applicants who focus on sinology and China studies related subjects.

Non-academic programs (the Understanding China Short-term Visit Fellowship, Young Leaders Fellowship, etc ) do not have specific requirements for occupations or specialties of applicants.


In which Chinese universities can international Ph.D. students and scholars study for degrees or do joint research?

Doctorate applicants are welcome to apply for the 16 renowned universities such as Peking University and Fudan University, and over 900 professors participate in the CCSP programs as supervisors (please see the official website for the supervisors list).

For detailed information, please visit


How can a Confucius Institute support excellent students and scholars to apply for CCSP programs?

Promote CCSP programs to our host university (Xiamen University)

Write recommendation letters for excellent students and scholars, it will help applicants to get priority in competition.



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