Application Procedures for Confucius Institute Scholarship (2018)

In order to cultivate qualified Chinese teachers and facilitate the international promotion of Chinese language and Chinese culture, the Confucius Institute Headquarters / National Hanban (hereinafter referred to as Hanban) establishes the Confucius Institute Scholarship and entrusts the Confucius Institutes, independently operated Confucius Classrooms and some overseas Chinese language test centers (hereinafter referred to as the recommending institutions) to recommend excellent students and currently employed Chinese language teachers to study at Chinese colleges and universities (hereinafter referred to as the receiving institutions).

Scholarship Targets

  1. Non-Chinese citizens.
  2. In good physical and mental health and academic excellence.
  3. Interested in engaging in the education, teaching or international promotion of the Chinese language and related work.
  4. Should be ages 16-35 (uniformly calculated on September 1, 2018). Currently employed Chinese language teachers can be up to 45 years old, and undergraduate scholarship applicants generally should not be more than 25 years old.

Scholarship Categories and Application Conditions

Master’s Degree in Chinese Language International Education

  • School enrollment begins in September 2018, and the scholarship period is two years.
  • Applicant must have a college or university undergraduate degree.
  • Chinese language test scores must be at least 210 points for HSK (Level 5) and 60 points for HSKK (Intermediate Level).
  • Priority will be given to applicants who can provide work agreements or related proof from institutions that they plan to teach after graduation.

Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Language International Education

  • School enrollment begins in September of 2018 and the scholarship period is four years.
  • Applicant should have a high school diploma.
  • Chinese language test scores were at least 210 points for HSK (Level 4) and 60 points for HSKK (Intermediate Level).

One-academic-year Study Student

School enrollment begins in September 2018, and the scholarship period is for 11 months. International students currently studying in China will not be accepted.

  • Chinese Language International EducationChinese test scores were at least 270 points for HSK (Level 3) and the applicant has HSKK test scores.
  • Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese PhilosophyChinese language test scores were at least 180 points for HSK (Level 4) and 60 points for HSKK (Intermediate Level).
  • Chinese Language StudyChinese test score was at least 180 points for HSK (Level 3).

One-semester Study Student

School enrollment begins in September of 2018 or March of 2019, and the scholarship period is for five months. Applicants with X1 or X2 Visas on their passports will not be accepted.

  • Chinese Language International Education, Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese PhilosophyChinese test scores were at least 210 points for HSK (Level 3) and applicant has HSKK test scores.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taiji CultureHas HSK test scores.

Four-week Study Student

School enrollment begins in July or December of 2018, and the scholarship period is for four weeks. Applicants with X1 or X2 Visas on their passports will not be accepted.

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taiji CultureHas HSK test scores.
  • Chinese Language + Chinese Family ExperienceHas HSK test scores. The Confucius Institutes will organize the registration in groups, contact the receiving institutions in advance to confirm the study plan in China and report to the headquarters for approval in advance. Each group will have 10-15 people.
  • Special Four-week Study Student for Confucius InstitutesHas HSK test scores. The Confucius Institutes will organize the registration in groups, with 10-15 people in each group.

Application Procedures

Starting March 1, 2018, applicants can log onto the Confucius Institute Scholarship website to apply for a Confucius Institute Scholarship.

Follow these steps:

  1. Log onto the Confucius Institute Scholarship website.
  2. Search for recommending institutions and receiving institutions.
  3. Submit application materials online and be sure to pay attention to the application progress.
  4. Review opinions and scholarship review results. Scholarship winners and receiving institutions will confirm the procedures for studying in China and print the scholarship certificates online. Students should enroll in their schools according to the times specified in the admission letters of the receiving institutions.

The application deadlines are:

  • April 20, 2018 (school enrollment in July).
  • June 20, 2018 (school enrollment in September).
  • September 20, 2018 (school enrollment in December).
  • December 20, 2018 (school enrollment in March 2019).

Hanban will concentrate on scholarship review, select excellent applicants for the scholarship, complete scholarship review work two months before school enrollment and announce the review results.

Regarding Chinese Bridge Winners

Winners of the 2018 “Confucius Institute Scholarship Certificate” from the various Chinese Bridge games should log onto the Confucius Institute Scholarship website and submit application materials to the target receiving institutions based on the scholarship certificates.

If there are any questions, please contact chinesebridge@hanban.org.

Recommending Institutions and Receiving Institutions

The recommending institutions and receiving institutions should perform local responsibilities according to these procedures and provide consulting, recommendations and student enrollment services.

Additional Information

  • Relevant professional training programs and teaching courses can be inquired with target receiving institutions.
  • Applicants must understand the specific admission conditions and application deadlines of their target receiving institutions and submit application materials according to relevant regulations.
  • Academic degree students must participate in the annual review. See the “Confucius Institute Scholarship Annual Review Method” for details.
  • Students who fail to enroll on time, fail to pass the enrollment medical examination, drop out of school midway or are suspended will be disqualified from the scholarship.

Hanban Contact Information

Hanban Test and Scholarship Office
Email: scholarships@hanban.org
Fax: +86–10–58595727

Appendices

Appendix I: Confucius Institute Scholarship Coverage and Criteria

The Confucius Institute Scholarship covers: tuition, accommodation fee and living allowance (except for four-week study students) and comprehensive medical insurance premium.

  • Tuition is used by the receiving institutions for training and management of scholarship students, carrying out cultural activities, and organizing and participate in Chinese language tests. Tuition does not include textbook fees and tourist attraction tickets.
  • The accommodation fee is used by the receiving institutions to provide free dormitory for students, generally double rooms. After scholarship students submit applications and the receiving institutions give approval, students may choose to live off campus, and the school will pay the monthly or quarterly accommodation fee, with the standard fee being RMB 700 / month.
  • Living allowances are paid monthly by the receiving institutions. The standard for undergraduates and students of one academic year or one semester is RMB 2,500 per month, and the standard for the master students of Chinese language international education is RMB 3,000 per month.

    Scholarship students should be enrolled into schools at the times specified in the admission letters from the receiving institutions; otherwise the scholarships will be cancelled. Those who register before the 15th (including the 15th) of the month will be issued a full monthly living allowance for the month, and those who register after the 15th will be issued a half monthly living allowance for the month.

    Scholarship students who leave China for more than 15 days due to personal reasons during the study period (excluding winter and summer breaks) will be suspended of their living allowances during their absence in China.

    If scholarship students suspend their studies or drop out of their schools due to personal reasons or are subject to disciplinary punishments from the receiving institutions, their living allowances will be stopped from the date of the school suspension, school withdrawal or punishment notice.

    Living allowances of the graduating (completion) students are issued until half a month after the graduation (completion) date set by the school.

  • Comprehensive medical insurance premiums are implemented in accordance with the relevant provisions for overseas study in China stipulated by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and are purchased by the receiving institutions. The standard for a four-week study student is RMB 160 per person. For a one-semester study student, the standard is RMB 400 per person. For students of one academic year or more, the standard is RMB 800 per year per person.

Appendix II: Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Documents

  1. Credential materials relevant to all applicants
    • A scanned copy of the passport photo page.
    • Scanned copies of HSK and HSKK test score reports (within the two-year validity period).
    • A recommendation letter from the head of a recommending institution.
  2. Credential materials relevant to degree students
    • Provide the highest education diploma (graduation expectation certificate) and school transcripts.
    • Master students of Chinese language international education must provide two recommendation letters from associate professors or above. Priority will be given to applicants who can provide work agreements from institutions that they plan to teach after graduation.
  3. Currently employed Chinese language teachers must provide their employment proofs and recommendation letters issued by their employers.
  4. Applicants who are under the age of 18 must submit the entrustment certification documents signed by their guardians in China.
  5. Applicants must also provide other credential materials required by their receiving institutions.

Confucius Institute Headquarters / National Hanban
November 27, 2017