Confucius Institute Scholarships

Confucius Institute Scholarships are provided by the Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban to sponsor foreign students, scholars and Chinese language teachers to study Chinese language and culture in relevant universities of China.

2018 scholarships application procedure

In order to support development of Confucius Institutes, facilitate Chinese language promotion and Chinese cultural transmission in the world, cultivate qualified Chinese language teachers and talented students of Chinese language, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) (hereinafter referred to as Hanban) launches the Confucius Institute Scholarships programme for providing sponsorship to students, scholars and Chinese language teachers of other countries for pursuing study in  relevant universities in China (hereinafter referred to as host institutions).

Please see the PDF below for more details. The PDF contains the deadlines for Huazhong University of Science and Technolgy. Students can choose to apply to other universities in China. For further information, please email

Hust Scholarship Information

I. Category and eligibility 
The 2018 Confucius Institute Scholarship categories are:

  • Scholarship for Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) students
  • Scholarship for one-Academic-Year Study + MTCSOL students
  • Scholarship for Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (BTCSOL) students
  • Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Study students
  • Scholarship for One-Semester Study students
  • Scholarship for Four-Week Study students

Application is open to applicant who owns a non-Chinese citizenship, aged between 16 and 35, in good health condition, (Applicant is currently working in a Chinese language teaching position shall not exceed the age limit of 45. Undergraduate student shall not exceed the age limit of 20).

1. Scholarship for Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL)
This category provides a sponsorship for 2 academic years. Applicant should have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 5), and a minimum score of 50 in HSKK Test (Intermediate Level). Applicants who are able to provide their employment agreements or certification upon finishing the study from designated working institutions is preferred. 

2. Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Study + MTCSOL students
This category provides a sponsorship for 3 academic years. Applicant should provide the employment agreement from a designated Confucius Institute or a prospective working institution. Applicant should hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 3), and a minimum score of 60 in HSKK Test (Beginner Level). 

3. Scholarship for Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (BTCSOL) students
This category provides a sponsorship for 4 academic years. Applicant should hold a high school diploma or above, a minimum score of 180 is HSK (Level 3) and a minimum score of 40 in HSKK (Intermediate Level).

4. Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Study students 
This category provides a sponsorship for 11 months. Application is open to Confucius Institute (Classroom) students, overseas Chinese language teachers, Chinese language major students and excellent performers in HSK test. International students who are now studying in China are not eligible for the scholarship. Applicant should have a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 3), and 60 in HSKK test (Beginner Level). Alternatively, applicant should hold a minimum score of 180 in BCT (A) , and a minimum score of 180 BCT (Speaking). 

5. Scholarship for One-Semester Study students
This category provides a sponsorship for 5 months. Applicant should have no prior experience of studying in China, but have a minimum score of 120 in HSK Test (Level 2), and a minimum score of 40 in HSKK (Beginner Level). Alternatively, applicants should have a minimum score of 100 in BCT (A), and a minimum score of 120 in BCT (Speaking). 

6. Scholarship for Four-Week Study students 
This category provides a sponsorship for 4-week study which is mainly focusing on Chinese language. Application is mainly open to Confucius Institute (Classroom) students, excellent performers in HSK tests, and outstanding club members of Confucius Institute Magazine. Applicant should submit a HSK or BCT score report, and have no prior experience of studying in China. 

Chinese Bridge (Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students) Winners who have been awarded the 2016 “Confucius Institute Scholarship Certificate” can apply for admission according to the scholarship specified in the certificate. 

II. Majors, host institutions and admission

This year, 150 Chinese universities are entrusted as the host institutions of the scholarships which provide various subjects including Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages, Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, Chinese Philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Music, Chinese Dance, etc. For more detailed information of the host institutions, please find the application form on the Confucius Institute Scholarships website.

Admission for students of MTCSOL, one-Academic-Year Study + MTCSOL, BTCSOL, one-Academic-Year Study, and one-Semester Study is either on September 1st, 2016 or March 1st, 2017. 

Four-Week Study courses are available at specified times. Courses at other time durations can only be arranged on the condition of recruiting 10 students minimum, and applicants from Confucius Institutes (classrooms) should initiate your application 3 month in advance. 

III. Scholarship coverage, criteria and academic assessment

The Confucius Institute Scholarship provides full coverage on tuition fee, accommodation fee, living allowance and comprehensive medical insurance expenses. 

Tuition fee is under the overall planning and utilization of host institutions to provide teaching, management, Chinese language proficiency tests (HSK/HSKK), and cultural and social activities for scholarship holders.     

Accommodation fee is under the overall planning and utilization of host institutions which should provide scholarship holders with free dormitory rooms (usually double rooms). For those who live off campus with the permission of host institutions are entitled to accommodation allowance from host institutions on by month or by quarter. The allowance criteria are RMB700 per person on monthly basis. 

Living allowance is granted by the host institutions on monthly basis. The allowance criteria per person are:

  • BTCSOL, One-Academic-Year Study, One-Semester Study: RMB2,500 per month
  • MTCSOL: RMB3,000 per month

Enrollment status is based on semesters of host institutions. Students who are enrolled before the 15th (or on the 15th) of the admission month, are entitled to the full allowance of that month. Students, who are enrolled after the 15th of that month, are only entitled to half of the allowance. 
The living allowance for the month of graduation will be granted half a month later upon confirming the graduation status by host institutions.
During the study, for any students who is absent from China of personal reasons for more than 15 days (excluding legal holidays), the allowance will be suspended during absence. Allowance will be terminated in case of schooling suspension or dropping out for personal reasons. 

Comprehensive medical insurance is purchased by the host institutions in accordance to relevant regulations on international students stipulated by the Ministry of Education of China. The insurance fee per person is RMB800 per year. 

The degree scholarship program applicants (Category 1, 2, 3) are subject to annual academic performance review. Only those who achieve outstanding records in academic and Chinese language proficiency are entitled to a full scholarship for the following year; those who achieve average academic records are entitled to partial scholarships; the others will not be entitled to scholarship any longer. Partial scholarships consist of tuition fee, accommodation fee and comprehensive medical insurance. The One-Academic-Year Study and One-Semester Study programmers is required to attend Chinese language proficiency test before graduation. Test fee is reimbursed by host institutions.

IV. Admission Procedure

Scholarship recruitment is open all year round on a trial basis. For applicants, recommending institutions and host institutions, please find admission procedures and scholarship recruitment results on the Confucius Institute Scholarships website.     

1. For application, please log on to the Confucius Institute Scholarships website to register, complete the Confucius Institute Scholarships Application Form online, and upload the scanned copies of relevant supporting documents.    

2. Once applicants have completed their application online, they need to print out their application form with all supporting documents and mail to Rosa-Jane Whitcombe at least two months prior to their expected departure date:

Rosa-Jane Whitcombe
Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury
The University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140

3. Once application materials are verified by the Division of Scholarships of Hanban as valid, CIUC will then review the eligibility of applicants and submit the admission list to Hanban. 

4. Hanban will conduct an overall assessment of all applications and admit applicants on the basis of competitive selection. Normally, the admission results will be announced within 45 working days after the application materials are confirmed as valid. 

5. After confirming with the successful applicants, host institutions are required to post “Letter of Admission”, “Visa Application Form for Foreigners to Study in China" (JW202 Form), copy of the scholarship certificate and other relevant documents to the recommending institutions within 15 working days.

V. Disclaimer

1. Incomplete or unqualified applications will not be processed.    

2. Applicants will be disqualified from application in case of fraudulent application materials or application materials are completed and submitted by someone else.  

3. Scholarship winners who cannot register with the host institutions on time should inform the host institution about the reasons in written form within 15 days before the admission date. For those who do not register as requested without reason, the scholarship will be cancelled.

4. Scholarship will be canceled for those who do not pass the admission physical examination, drop out, or are suspended by their school during their study.

VI. Contact information 

Division of Scholarships, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban)
Address: 129, Deshengmenwai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100088
Fax: +86-10-58595727    E-mail: 

Appendix: Application Documents for Confucius Institute Scholarships 

Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban)


Application Documents for Confucius Institute Scholarships

Recommending institutions and host institutions should examine the completeness, validity and accuracy of applicant’s name, nationality and permanent address on the passport. If the following documents are not in Chinese or English version, notarization documents should be provided.   

I. For all applicants

1. A scanned copy of the passport photo page. Applicants under the age of 18 shall submit relevant documents of entrusted legal guardians in China. 

2.  Score reports of the HSK, HSKK or BCT, BCT (Speaking). Winners of the finals of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions may submit the award certificate and the “Confucius Institute Scholarship Certificate”.

3. Recommendation letter signed by the head of the recommending institutions (please provide objective comments on the applicant, including whether the applicant is a student of Confucius Institute or other identity. Chinese language teachers shall submit an employment verification letter and a reference letter provided by the institutes they work for.)

I. For degree scholarship program applicants
4. Certification of the highest education diploma (or proof of expected graduation), and an official transcript. 

5. Applicants of the Scholarship for MTCSOL Students and Scholarship for “1-Academic-Year Study + MTCSOL” students are required to provide 2 reference letters from professors or associate professors. Those who can provide an employment agreement or related documents with the designated teaching institution are preferred. 

III. Host institutions will contact applicants directly if other materials are required.

For further information, please email Associate Professor Jing Jiang