How do I find a scholarship in China


Program objective

The China Scholarship Program, which has existed since 1986, supports highly qualified students during a one-year stay in the People's Republic of China. The aim of the program is to enable interested students to acquire sound knowledge of China at an early stage and thus to strengthen German-Chinese relations in the long term.

The program has been financed since 1986 by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation. The Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China supports the program by paying the tuition fees.

Program description

The program supports highly qualified students of all subjects (except for the main subject Sinology, Art, Design and Music) during a one-year language and study stay at Chinese universities. It offers the participants the opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of the Chinese language and society as well as the university and knowledge landscape as part of a two-semester course at a Chinese university and then to gain initial work experience in China through a self-organized professional or research internship. Ten scholarships are awarded annually.

If you would like to find out more about the program, you will find a current interview with program participant Nico Müller here: “A fascinating and multi-faceted country with warm-hearted people”.

Program Sequence

August 2021

After the application deadline on April 30th, 20 participants will be admitted to a three-week intensive Chinese course, which will take place in August 2021 at the University of Trier and will be carried out by the Department of Sinology there.

October 2021

From the group of 20 language course participants, the ten recipients whose stay in China will begin in September 2022 will be selected as part of a selection seminar that will take place in the second half of October 2021.

March 2022

Second three-week intensive course at the University of Trier and subsequent cross-year preparatory meeting in Berlin.

September 2022

Beginning of the stay in China. Applications for a study place in China are made through the China Scholarship Council (CSC). The recipients can indicate three preferences for Chinese universities. The decision as to which university is granted admission lies with the CSC.

After the second semester, an internship can be completed and the remaining time can be used for travel to China.

Scholarship benefits

  • Two preparatory language courses at the University of Trier
  • Preparation fee of EUR 1,000
  • Monthly scholarship of 1,000 EUR for the duration of the stay in China
  • Mobility flat rate of EUR 1,000
  • Travel expenses totaling 1,420 EUR for outward and return flights
  • Admission to the Studienstiftung and payment of the monthly flat-rate study fee of EUR 300
  • The tuition fees are borne by the Chinese side

Application requirements

  • Open to students of all subjects (except for the main subject Sinology, Art, Design, Music and Film)
  • Very good academic performance in a broad-based and intensively pursued degree
  • Previous language knowledge is desirable, but not a requirement
  • Prior funding from the Studienstiftung is not necessary

Please also note that the following projects cannot be funded as part of the China Scholarship Program:

  • Study visits after completing the master’s degree or state examination, i.e. the study must not be completed at the beginning of the stay in China.
  • Study phases in China as part of a double degree program
  • Study visits to China with the aim of obtaining a Chinese degree (Bachelor or Master)
  • Study visits to China for one semester
  • Pure internship projects in China

If you are interested in the program but do not have German citizenship, you may still be able to participate if you meet the formal application requirements for an application.

Here you will find an overview of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the application process (PDF, 0.3 MB).

Application process

When planning your studies, please note the one and a half year lead time for the program in accordance with the program sequence described above.

Here you can download the application documents (DOC, 2.1 MB).

Please send us your complete application documents only after March 1, 2021 to.

Application deadline

April 30, 2021


Program director

Dr. Julia Sagittarius
Berlin office
Phone: +49 30 20370-448
Email: schuetze (at) studienstiftung (dot) de


Astrid Baron
Berlin office
Phone: +49 30 20370-503
Email: baron (at) studienstiftung (dot) de

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