China Scholarship Scheme

Update: the UCD competition is now closed for applications.  We will open in November 2021 for September 2022 entry.


UCD and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2007, renewed in 2011, for the purposes of providing high quality research training to qualified Chinese students from Chinese universities/research institutions.

This is an exciting opportunity for Chinese students to benefit from studying in one of Europe’s leading research-driven universities.

UCD supports applications for:
- the UCD CSC Scholarship Scheme - 4 year PhD student scholarships
- the General CSC Scholarship Scheme, which funds both research visits & 4 year full-time PhD programmes

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must be citizens of the People’s Republic of China
  • Candidates can be resident in China or outside China
  • Candidates must be under the age of 40
  • Applications are only accepted from students who have the agreement of a UCD academic member of staff to be their supervisor
  • Applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language
    • In the Internet based TOEFL (iTB), a minimum score of 90
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS), an average score of 6.5 over all components is required with a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version
  • Candidates should be intending to pursue study/research in one of the priority academic areas identified by UCD and CSC
    • Energy, Resource, Environment, Agriculture, Manufacture, Information Technology, Life Science, Food and Health, Space Study, Maritime Study, Nanotechnology, New Materials, Humanities and Applied Social Sciences, Business and Law. However, applicants to other study/research areas will also be considered.
  • Candidate should satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC by completing the CSC Application Form and the CSC Employer Reference Form at
  • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their PhD studies and/or research

How to Apply

  UCD CSC Application Process


Approach a UCD academic member of staff to ask them be your supervisor as early as possible


Online applications are open until 31st January 2021 for September 2021 entry

3 The online applications address is
  • Click the blue button 'Apply to UCD'
  • Choose 'Course Finder'
  • Choose UCD Chinese Scholarship Scheme (TX01)

Please note that there is NO Application Fee associated with this scheme


You will need to upload the following documents:

  • Academic transcript(s)
  • Proof of English language level i.e. IELTS, TOEFL etc.
  • Degree certificate(s)
  • Two academic references
  • A short Research Proposal

Note: Original hardcopies will be required for verification purposes for successful applicants prior to registration to UCD. 


UCD CSC Scholarship Process

Applicant applies to UCD via online applications

Applicant is approved as PhD student at UCD School (subject to receipt of CSC Scholarship)

UCD Offer letter sent to candidate and is part of the candidate's CSC application

CSC assessment of UCD-approved candidates (10th March-31st March)

UCD CSC Scholarship results posted in May

UCD CSC Scholars begin their PhD programme in UCD (usually in September)


Yes. Masters students, first year PhD students and Final year undergraduate students can apply for this scholarship.

No, applications are accepted from Chinese students for both:

a) a research visit to UCD for a period of 6-24 months as part of the PhD student’s doctoral education

b) a 4 year, funded, full time PhD degree programme in UCD

Yes, you will need a UCD academic member of staff to support your application.

IELTS 6.5 (each band is not lower than 6.0) or TOEFL 90. Examination results must not be less than 2 years old on the date of application submission deadline.

Your IELTS test result must be provided before the deadline i.e. 31st January 2021. 

The living allowance is €1,200 per month from the CSC. This is sufficient to live in Dublin. It is recommended that you seek accommodation off campus to reduce costs. See further information here from UCD Global on off-campus accommodation options. 

The UCD CSC Scholarship Scheme 2021 is now open for applications, with a deadline of 31st January 2021 for applications.

Yes, the QQ no. for UCD-CSC Ireland is 113010773.

There is no fee associated with the UCD CSC Scholarship Scheme.