King's College London and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) signed an agreement in April 2009 to jointly fund PhD students to pursue research degrees at King's. The agreement was signed by Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King's, and Li Jianmin, Deputy Secretary-General, China Scholarship Council, in Beijing.
As part of the agreement, successful applicants will receive a scholarship that covers the tuition fee and an annual living allowance that includes overseas student health cover, a return airfare to London and visa application fees.
How to apply
Application Start: 2nd December 2015
Application Deadline: 16:00 GMT, 29 January 2016
Applications will be invited from 2nd December 2015 and will close on 29 January 2016 at 16:00GMT sharp
Please follow the instructions below that apply to you.
Applicants who fail to apply as instructed below will not be eligible for consideration.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROSPECTIVE NEW STUDENTS: you MUST:
1) First, apply to the College for a research degree programme using the online admissions application and obtain an admissions offer*
2) Submit an online K-CSC funding application form to the Graduate School by the funding deadline of 16:00GMT, 29 January 2016. Note that this should only be done once you have applied for admissions and obtained an offer of a place. The online K-CSC application form can be accessed by clicking here
3) Submit a separate application to the CSC by its stated deadline and following the local application procedures in China. Note that the local CSC application process is completely separate to King’s processes and their deadlines will also differ from ours.
* PLEASE NOTE: students who have already applied for admissions, and those who previously applied but deferred entry to 2016/17, will NOT be required to submit an admissions application again.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CURRENT FIRST YEAR STUDENTS: you MUST:
1) Submit an online K-CSC funding application form to the Graduate School by the funding deadline of 16:00GMT, 29 January 2016. The online K-CSC application form can be accessed by clicking here
2) Request the completion of a K-CSC supporting statement form by one of your current supervisors at King’s College London. Click here to access the K-CSC supervisor statement form. This form must be completed and submitted to the Graduate School via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the funding deadline of 16:00GMT, 29 January 2016, and it will be your responsibility to ensure that this is submitted on time.
Submit a separate application to the CSC by its stated deadline and following the local application procedures in China. Note that the local CSC application process is completely separate to King’s processes and their deadlines will also differ from ours.
Once the King’s application deadline has passed, the Postgraduate & Graduate School Support (PGSS) office will gather and record the details of all the applications received.
The PGSS office will check the eligibility of all applicants, and all applications that are deemed eligible will be circulated to academic Schools/Departments for consideration. Final decisions will be made by a central King’s Graduate School selection panel.
The panel will select up to 15 candidates who they wish to support for the award, and these candidates will be nominated to the CSC. The panel will be asked to make their final nomination decisions by 1st March 2016.
Assessment of applications will be based on:
- Evidence and strength of academic qualifications gained (minimum entry qualification is an undergraduate 2i and/or a higher degree), and where applicable, professional qualifications and/or relevant experience;
- Strength of the research proposal;
- Match of the applicant’s interests with his/her potential supervisor
Once King’s’ nominations are confirmed, the PGSS office will submit the nomination decisions to the CSC by no later than 20 March 2016, which is the CSC’s nomination deadline.
The CSC will conduct a separate selection process based on the applications it received directly within China, and will evaluate candidates according to CSC requirements and priorities. The CSC will make its final decision about the awards during mid/late May 2016, and provide the PGSS office with a final list of scholarship recipients.
NOTE that, K-CSC awards can only be successfully offered to students who have been chosen/supported by BOTH King’s Graduate School and the CSC.
Applicants who are selected by the CSC for funding but who were not selected by the Graduate School at King’s CANNOT be awarded a K-CSC award. However, students who have been selected by the CSC may still be able to retain funding from the CSC so long as they are able to find alternative funding from the College to cover their full tuition fees. Students in this situation are asked to liaise with their academic department/School about possible fees only support.
Announcement of results
All results will be announced via email in the first instance.
Candidates who are deemed ineligible by the PGSS office for a K-CSC award will be informed about their ineligibility.
Eligible applicants who have been considered for nomination by King’s will be informed about the outcome of their applications around early-mid March 2016.
Final decisions lie with the CSC, and will be confirmed during mid/late May 2016. As soon as the PGSS office is aware of the final outcome, they will contact the successful candidates. Unsuccessful candidates will also be informed at this point.
Candidates who are successfully offered a K-CSC award will be asked to provide a decision on acceptance/decline by a given deadline. If a successful candidate fails to respond by the given deadline or declines the offer, their award will automatically be transferred to a reserve candidate who is next inline for the award.
Conditions & Regulations
Please click here to download a copy of the Conditions & Regulations of this award
Please be aware that students funded through this scheme must abide by any additional terms and conditions set by the CSC. Scholars will be required to enter into a legally binding agreement with the CSC before they are able to take up the studentship. If there are any significant developments that could affect/hamper a scholar's expected completion of the PhD, scholars are advised to get in touch with the Education Section in the Chinese Embassy.