China Scholarship Council – University of Bristol joint-funded PhD Scholarship

Fully funded PhD scholarships for Chinese students to carry out research at the University of Bristol.

The China Scholarship Council (CSC)/University of Bristol joint-funded scholarships programme offers 60 fully funded PhD scholarships for up to 48 months of research at the University of Bristol.

The University of Bristol provides full tuition fees for each PhD programme.

The China Scholarship Council provides:

  • a stipend (as specified by the Chinese Government)
  • a return international airfare between China and the UK
  • funding to cover passport and visa fees.


You must:

  • have a strong academic background
  • be a permanent resident of the People's Republic of China at the time of application. Chinese students who are already studying outside China may also be eligible – see CSC policies.
  • fulfil the relevant academic entry requirements set by the University of Bristol.
  • have the appropriate level of English
  • meet the study visa requirements of UK government
  • satisfy all of the CSC's selection criteria

If you have already started your PhD programme at the University of Bristol, you are no longer eligible to apply for this scholarship. 

How to apply

To receive this scholarship, you need to first secure a place to study on a PhD programme at the University of Bristol. You must then be nominated for the scholarship by the University, and have your nomination endorsed by the China Scholarship Council. 

  1. Apply directly for a postgraduate research programme. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must have submitted your completed application by midday (UK time) on Friday 21 January 2022. You must specify that you wish to apply for the China Scholarship Council – University of Bristol Joint Scholarships Programme in your application form.
  2. The University of Bristol will assess the applications. Students who are given an offer of study from the University will then be considered for a nomination for the China Scholarship Council-University of Bristol Joint PhD Scholarship.
  3. The University of Bristol will inform the successful candidates that they have been nominated for the scholarship. The University will provide the China Scholarship Council and each successful candidate with a copy of an unconditional offer letter of study, along with a formal nomination letter.
  4. After receiving the offer letter from the University of Bristol, nominated candidates must apply directly to the China Scholarship Council for their endorsement of the scholarship nomination. Candidates will need their offer letter to do this. The application guidance will be published on the CSC official website. Note that there will be a deadline advised by CSC for submissions to apply for this endorsement.
  5. Candidates must inform the University of Bristol of the progress of their application to the CSC, including the dates of submission and any interview dates.
  6. The CSC will draw up a list of successful scholarship recipients. All candidates who are successful in their funding application to the CSC will then be contacted by the University of Bristol.
  7. Registration for 2022 PhD research programmes at the University of Bristol will take place from September 2022.


In order to be eligible for consideration for a CSC-University of Bristol PhD Scholarship, you must submit your completed application for your PhD programme by midday (UK time) on Friday 21 January 2022.

Further details

You may apply for any research area of the University of Bristol: visit our faculty research pages to find out about more than 80 PhD programmes across the six faculties in the University.

The University of Bristol also leads and participates in more than 35 world-leading, cohort-based Doctoral Training Centres. This results in one of the largest concentrations of funding and support for collaborative PhD training in the UK.

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