Confucius Institute Scholarship

In order to support the 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 launches the “Confucius Institute Scholarship” program to provide financial aid for students, scholars and Chinese language teachers worldwide to pursue a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) in Chinese universities (hereinafter referred to as "host institutes"), or study in such majors as Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese Philosophy.

Confucius Institute Scholarship Program was established in 2009. By 2012, more than 16,000 applicants from 150 countries have been funded to study in China.

I. Scholarship Category and Application Requirement
The categories of Confucius Institute Scholarships include Scholarship for Students of Master's Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL), Scholarship for Students of One-Academic-Year + MTCSOL, Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Students, and Scholarship for One-Semester Students. Applicants shall be non-Chinese citizens in good health, aged between 16 and 35 (Chinese language teachers in post shall be aged below 45).


II. Scholarship Coverage and Criteria
Scholarship winners are exempt from registration fees, tuition, fees for basic learning materials, accommodation fees on campus, and are provided with a one-off resettlement subsidy, monthly allowance, outpatient medical service, and comprehensive insurance for foreign students studying in China. Monthly allowances are at the following rates (CNY Yuan per month):

  1. CNY 1,400 for One-Academic-Year Students and One-Semester Students.
  2. CNY 1,700 for Master's Degree Students.

The one-off resettlement subsidy is CNY 1,500 for students who will study in China for one academic year or more; CNY 1,000 will be provided to any student who studies in China for one semester; the one-off resettlement subsidy will not be provided to those who have studied in China for more than half a year before being enrolled.

III. Recruitment Procedures

  1. From the issue date of the procedures, applicants should log on to the Confucius Institute Scholarship website at http://cis.chinese.cn and read the information and introduction of host institutes and majors. Applicants should then contact Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas:  Confucius@utdallas.edu, or 972-883-4860 for more information and help on filling out and submitting the Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Form.
  2. The Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas is entrusted by the Confucius Institute Headquarters to accept applications as well as select and recommend eligible candidates for the scholarship.
  3. Host institutes are responsible for reviewing the qualification of applicants.
  4. The Confucius Institute Headquarters will organize an expert panel to make the final selection and publish the name list of successful applicants on the Scholarship website, which will be informed to the applicants through the Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas.
  5. The host institute in China will post "Admission Notice", "Enrollment Instructions", "Visa Application Form for Foreigners to Study in China" (JW202 Form) and photocopies of the Confucius Institute Scholarship Certificate to successful applicants through Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas.

IV. Application Documents

Applications must log onto the scholarship website: http://cis.chinese.cn , fill out the "Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Form", and attach the electronic files of the following materials:

  1. Photocopy of Passport Photo Page
  2. Photocopy of HSK and HSKK Result Report
  3. Notarized highest education diplomas attained or proof of study
  4. Reference Letter and Letter of Commitment. The Master's Degree Scholarship applicants are required to submit reference letters provided by two professors or associate professors (in Chinese or English). A written commitment stating that the applicant will be engaged in Chinese language teaching for at least 5 years after graduation (written in Chinese and sign with signature).
  5. Applicants under the age of 18 shall submit relevant legal documents of entrusted legal guardians in China.
  6. Winners of the finals of the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and for Foreign High School Students in China shall submit the scholarship certificate. Winners of preliminary rounds of the "Chinese Bridge" Proficiency Competitions in their countries shall provide award proof and reference letter provided by the organizers.
  7. Chinese language teachers shall submit the certificate of employment and recommendation letters provided by institutions they work for.
  8. Those applying for the Scholarship for Students of One-Academic-Year + Master's Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages are required to provide the agreement signed with the Confucius Institute or the institute which they will be working for.
  9. Other materials required by host institutes.

V. Annual Appraisal

Students for a Master's degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) shall be subject to an annual appraisal organized by the host institutes before the end of the first school year after being enrolled according to the "Annual Appraisal Procedures for Confucius Institute Scholarship". Only the eligible students are entitled to continue to receive the scholarships in the following year.

For contact information of host institutes and the Recruitment Procedures for the Confucius Institute Scholarship, please visit the website at http://chis.chinese.cn or contact Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas by email: Confucius@utdallas.edu, or by phone at 972-883-4860.