Adelaide University China Fee Scholarships (China Scholarship Council)

Applications open
15 October 2022
Applications close
5 February 2023
up to 4 years
Postgraduate Research
International Students
Type of Scholarship
Financial Need
Students with Disabilities
Available In
All Faculties
Available To

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) and the University of Adelaide are jointly offering postgraduate research scholarships to applicants from the People's Republic of China who intend to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide.  If the selected Chinese students successfully complete the requirements of the program, they will be conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy degree by the University of Adelaide.



Adelaide University China Fee Scholarships (AUCFS) will only be available to those applicants who:

  • Are citizens and permanent residents of the People's Republic of China at the time of application;
  • Are less than 35 years old at the time of application (this is a CSC eligibility requirement);
  • Are a university student completing a master's degree, or enrolled as a first year PhD student, or new graduates from their university at the time of application;
  • Agree to return to China upon completion of their studies and/or research;
  • Have met the university's minimum English Language Proficiency requirements for direct entry into their chosen academic program by the University of Adelaide’s application deadline (CSC applicants are not permitted to undertake Pre-Enrolment English programs);
  • Hold an unconditional offer of enrolment at the University of Adelaide, which is subject to the applicant also being successful in applying for a CSC award;
  • Satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC, available online:
  • University of Adelaide graduates who have a First Class Honours degree or a Masters degree with an approved research project may be considered for nomination for a four year PhD scholarship. University of Adelaide graduates who hold a coursework Masters degree should have an overall grade of Distinction with not less than a High Distinction in their research component(s).

The CSC and The University of Adelaide encourage the Chinese universities and institutions having collaborative relationship with The University of Adelaide to recommend students and faculties for this program.  Where possible, co-supervision between The University of Adelaide and the Chinese universities from which the candidate comes will be encouraged.

NOTE: Students who receive a CSC award for postgraduate study will not be eligible for other University of Adelaide or Australian Government funded scholarships.



The China Scholarship Council will provide successful candidates with a living stipend and support as prescribed from time to time by the Chinese Government.  Please refer to the CSC website for detailed information.

For CSC approved applicants, the University of Adelaide will provide a 100% Tuition Fee Waiver (“Adelaide University China Fee Scholarship”) for up to 48 months (subject to satisfactory academic progress), corresponding to the duration of support provided by the CSC.  



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The application deadline will be confirmed when applications open.

Application for ‘Admission - Seeking sponsorship from China Scholarship Council’ must be submitted using the Online Application Form.