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King's-China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarship programme (K-CSC)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The China Scholarship Council has changed their application period to 29 January – 7 March 2018; please go to the ‘HOW TO APPLY’ section to see what this means if you submitted your application to King’s before our deadline of 12 January 2018.


King's College London and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) hold an agreement to jointly fund PhD students to pursue research degrees at King's College London. 

As part of the agreement, successful students will receive a scholarship that covers the tuition fee, an annual living allowance that includes overseas student health cover, a return airfare to London and visa application fees.

Up to 100 K-CSC scholarship awards will be available for the 2018-19 competition


Candidates MUST:

  • Be citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application;
  • Satisfy the selection criteria relating to current study and employment as set out by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) on their website;  
  • Be due to commence a full-time MPhil/PhD research degree programme at King’s College London in the 2018/19 academic year and by no later than March 2019; 
  • Agree to return to China upon completion of their studies and/or research; 
  • Have submitted all the required application material/information (as instructed in the ‘Application Process’ section below);
  • Have met the English language requirements for their chosen research programme as required by the CSC (see the CSC website for information on deadlines for this requirement)
  • Also follow the separate local application procedure within China and submit the required documentation to the CSC by its stated deadlines (see for further details) 

Please note that:

  • Students who have already commenced their doctoral degree at King’s are not eligible

  • These scholarships cannot be held on a part-time basis

  • Distance learning programmes are not eligible

  • Professional doctorate degrees are not eligible

  • Joint PhD programmes are not eligible

  • Students applying for the King’s International PGR Scholarships (with code: 1819-PGR-INT) cannot also apply for the K-CSC Scholarships. Students must choose one or the other (see application process for further details)

  • Students who fail to apply to both King’s and the CSC, as appropriate, will not be eligible
  • These scholarships cannot commence prior to September/October 2018

How to apply

Application Start: November 2017

Application Deadline: 12 January 2018, 23:59 GMT 

Applications will be open until 12 January 2018 at 23:59 GMT sharp 

Please follow the instructions below.

Applicants who fail to apply as instructed below will not be eligible for consideration.  


  1. Apply to King’s College London for a research degree programme using the online admissions application (*
  2. On the funding part of the KCL Admissions Application Form, ensure you tick the box at item 5 (Award Scheme Code or Name) and enter the code 1819-KCSC
  3. Students must also complete the CSC Application form and submit it to the China Council between 29 January - 7 March 2018 and follow the local application procedures in China. This is a separate application process to King’s processes. Important: Students must have a King's admissions offer by the time they make their separate application to the CSC. If you have not yet met the English requirement for your programme, you will need to meet this condition by no later than 26th February 2018 in order to meet the 7th March CSC application deadline. **This deadline/timeframe is non-negotiable.  

*Students who have already applied for admissions, and those who previously applied but deferred entry to 2018/19, will be required to update their application for 2017/18 with the code 1819-KCSC by the same deadline of 12 January 2018, 23:59 GMT.

PLEASE NOTE: Chinese students are eligible to apply to King’s China Council Scholarships as well as the King’s International PGR scholarships; however, they will not be considered for both schemes and therefore will need to decide at application stage whether they enter EITHER ‘1819-KCSC’ OR ‘1819-PGR-INT’ as the code in the ‘Award Scheme Code or Name’ funding box.

PLEASE BE AWARE that material from your admissions application will be extracted and used as part of the assessment/selection process; therefore, it is our expectation that your admissions application will be complete with supporting references and transcripts by the application deadline of 12 January 2018. It is your responsibility to ensure that this information is provided in time. 

Selection process

Once the application deadline has passed, the Admissions Office and the Centre for Doctoral Studies (CDS) Office will gather and record the details of all the applications received that state 1819-KCSC as the Award Scheme Code.

The Admissions Office and the CDS Office will check the eligibility of all applicants, and all applications that are deemed eligible will be circulated to faculties for assessment.

Assessment of applications will be based on:

  1. Evidence and strength of academic qualifications gained (minimum entry qualification is an undergraduate 2:1 and/or a higher degree), and where applicable, professional qualifications and/or relevant experience;
  2. Strength of the research proposal
  3. Match of the applicant’s interests with his/her potential supervisor

Please note: If applicants do not already meet the University's English Language requirements we recommend they take their IELTS tests as soon as possible. For more information, please see the CSC website for further details on when and how to meet the English language criteria.

Once the university’s list of nominations is confirmed, the CDS office will notify applicants of their nomination status and submit the nomination decisions to the CSC at the end of February, 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 between March and June and provide the CDS office with a final list of scholarship recipients.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students can only be successful with a K-CSC scholarship if they have been chosen/supported by BOTH the King’s College London Centre for Doctoral Studies and the China Scholarship Council.

Announcement of results

All results will be announced via email in the first instance.

Candidates who are deemed ineligible by the CDS 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 March 2018.

Final decisions lie with the CSC, and will be confirmed towards the end of May/early June 2018. As soon as the CDS 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 offer will automatically be withdrawn. 

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 scholarship. 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.

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