Call for Application: Confucius China Study Plan (Fellowships for PhD Programs) 2015 at Xiamen University

Xiamen University (China) is now accepting applications through January 31st, 2015 for the 2015 Confucius China Study Plan Ph.D. Program Fellowships. The Fellowships include: 1) Joint Research Ph. D Fellowship to support doctoral students (candidates) registered with foreign universities to come to China for study, research and writing of their doctoral dissertations; and 2) Ph. D. in China Fellowship to support foreign students to pursue full-time Ph.D. degrees in the humanities and social sciences at Chinese universities. Fellows of the Fellowship will study in Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China.

The “Confucius China Study Plan” was launched by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Headquarters) in 2012. Xiamen University is one of the 14 Chinese host universities designated by the Headquarters to implement this Ph.D. Fellowship program.  In December 2014, the first fellowship recipient Irene Masdeu Torruella from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona has completed her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Xiamen University.

I. Content

  1. Joint Research Ph. D Fellowship: to support doctoral students (candidates) registered with foreign universities to come to China for study, research and writing of their doctoral dissertations. Students who meet the requirements of degree conferment will receive their PhD degree either from the foreign university or from both Chinese and foreign universities simultaneously. The duration of the program ranges from 6 months to 2 years.
  2. Ph. D in China Fellowship: to support foreign students to pursue full-time Ph.D. degrees in the humanities and social sciences at Chinese universities. The duration of the program is generally 3 to 4 years.

The majority of financial support is provided through support for specific research and other projects in designated academic areas of Humanities and Social Sciences. Applicants may choose their specific research topics and Chinese supervisors (lists attached) at Xiamen University that is designated by the Headquarters.

II. Funding

①Lodging and living stipend: 80,000 RMB (appx. USD$12,800) per year;
②Research fund: 20,000 RMB (appx. USD$3,200) per year;
③Round-trip international airfare;
④Tuition;
⑤Other support provided by the host Chinese university;
⑥Expenses for life and medical insurances in China;
⑦Group activities and cultural experience.

Expenses for conducting research in China by foreign supervisors of the students participating in the Joint Research Ph.D. subprogram

III. Eligibility

  • The applicant should be a citizen of non-Chinese nationality in good health;
  • Requirements of Chinese language proficiency:

Applicants for the Joint Research Ph.D Fellowship should have a Chinese proficiency certificate of new HSK Band 3 or above. Preference will be given, other qualifications being equal, to candidates with high levels of Chinese proficiency.

Applicants for the Ph.D in China Fellowship should have a Chinese proficiency certificate of new HSK Band 5 or above. Preference will be given, other qualifications being equal, to candidates with high levels of Chinese proficiency.

  • Applicants who are currently participating in Chinese Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply for this Plan.
  1. Application Documents

Joint Research Ph.D Fellowship: Applicants shall submit their Joint Research Ph.D Fellowship Application Form, Ph.D study certificate, two recommendation letters from experts in the relevant field, HSK transcript, abstract of the Master’s thesis or other academic publications, abstract of doctoral dissertation; a research plan for the study in China and a copy of passport. Applicants with a recommendation letter from the Confucius Institute will be given priority over competitors of similar qualifications.

Ph.D in China Fellowship: Applicants shall submit their Ph.D in China Fellowship Application Form, one copy of notarized academic transcripts of undergraduate and postgraduate studies, degree certificate and their Chinese versions respectively, two recommendation letters from relevant experts, HSK transcript, abstract of Master’s thesis or other academic publications, a doctoral research statement and a copy of passport.Applicants with a recommendation letter from the Confucius Institute will be given priority over competitors of similar qualifications.

Note: Xiamen University currently hosts 15 Confucius Institutes around the world (contact information attached). Applicants can contact them to get recommendation letters or other Confucius Institutes in their host countries.

  1. Application Time: through January 31st, 2015
  2. Application Procedure

Applicants are required to log on to http://ccsp.chinese.cn/article/2014-10/21/content_558172.htm to fill in the Application Form and upload the required documents. Xiamen University should be chosen as the host university. After the online application, a complete set of all required application documents should be mailed to the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Mailing Address:

  • Confucius Institute Headquarters: 129 Deshengmenwai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, China. Tel: 86-10-58595756

VII. Selection and Notification

Candidates’ qualifications will be examined by Xiamen University. Documents of shortlisted candidates will be forwarded to Confucius China Studies Program Expert Committee for appraisal and video interview in February 2015. Letter of Admission will be mailed by XMU to the recipients of the Fellowship. They will start their programs in the autumn of 2015.

More program and application information please check: http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/en/show/58.html

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