China Scholarship Council (CSC) / University of Sussex Joint Scholarships (2021)

The University of Sussex and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) are delighted to offer up to 10 three-year joint scholarships for outstanding PhD students and visiting scholars (for up to 12 months) from China. Under the Sussex/CSC Joint Scholarship Scheme, Sussex will cover tuition fees and the CSC will provide a living allowance.

Type of award

Postgraduate Research


Sussex will cover full tuition fees / bench fees, CSC will provide a living allowance


Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for the award:

  • Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria set by the CSC
  • Applicants must commence their academic studies in the United Kingdom in September 2021 or January 2022.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the People's Republic of China at the time of application, and either permanently resident in China or studying overseas. Those working overseas are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be classified as an international fee paying Chinese student
  • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their studies
  • Applicants must meet the University's  English Language Requirements
  • Arts, humanities and social sciences applicants will be expected to hold, by September 2021 or January 2022, the UK equivalent of a first class honours degree and a masters degree.
  • Science and engineering applicants will be expected to hold, by September 2021 or January 2022, the UK equivalent of a first class honours degree and preferably a relevant postgraduate qualification, which will normally be a masters degree.

Please note that:

  • Current 1st year Chinese Sussex PhD students are eligible to apply
  • 1+ 3 Chinese Sussex students who are in their '1' year of their studies (Masters year) are eligible to apply
  • Visiting PhD students can apply for a maximum of 12 months


Number of scholarships available

up to 10


8 February 2021 0:00 (GMT)

How to apply

Applicants will need to complete the online Sussex PhD application form and email a China Scholarship Form by the deadline of 8 February 2021. 

If you have any queries regarding the scholarship then please email


To secure the Sussex funding, applicants must have both an offer of a PhD place from Sussex and scholarship funding awarded by the China Scholarship Council.


Contact us

Please email if you have any queries


Monday 8 February 2021 - Deadline to apply for a CSC / University of Sussex scholarship

Applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of their scholarship application in late February/early March

10 March to 31 March 2021 - China Scholarship Council applcations portal open for applications

Mid May 2021 - CSC announce outcome of applications

You can apply to Sussex after February 8th, but we may not have time to consider your application before the CSC competition opens.




At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
8 February 2021 0:00 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired


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