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Ph.D. fellowships available to study in China


Generous funding and support for qualified students who wish to pursue doctoral research in China are available through the Confucius China Studies Program Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship program hosted by the Office of Chinese Language Council International of China's Ministry of Education, also known as Hanban.

Students currently enrolled in a China-focused doctoral program at a U.S. institution are eligible to apply. Applicants from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds will be considered, including language, literature and the arts, history, philosophy, sociology, political science, economics, education, international relations, cross cultural studies and Confucius Institute development and management.

Applications must be received by the International Institute for Education, facilitating agent of the fellowship funding, by January 29, 2015.

Recipients must study for at least six months and up to a maximum of two years at one of the 15 designated universities in China and will begin their fellowship in the 2015 fall semester. They will receive generous financial support throughout the duration of the fellowship, which provides or covers a living stipend, a research stipend, host university tuition, a travel allowance, insurance coverage, the pre-departure orientation at IIE’s central office in New York, and airfare to China for the student’s WMU advisor to conduct a site visit.


  • Student must be enrolled in a doctoral program at a U.S. institution (a terminal master’s program does not meet this requirement).

  • Student must be pursuing China-related research in arts, education, humanities, or social sciences.

  • Student must not be a citizen of the People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macao), or Taiwan.

  • Student is not the recipient of any other Chinese government scholarship funding.

  • Student should have an HSK score of at least level 3 (Chinese language proficiency).

  • Student does not have extensive experience in China prior to graduate school enrollment (i.e., will not have been enrolled as a degree-seeking high school or undergraduate student in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Macao).

Application process:

  • Online application available on the Confucius Studies Program page of the Institute of International Education website.

  • All materials must be received by the IIE office by January 29, 2015. Candidates will be notified of the results of their application beginning in April 2015. 

For assistance, contact Steven Dale at IIE: