Global Affairs Canada: Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program 2020/21


Global Affairs Canada and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China


Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program


Global Affairs Canada and the Chinese Ministry of Education are offering over 20 short-term scholarships to Canadians wishing to study abroad in China. Scholarships are awarded for studies, research, language studies or a combination of studies and language studies at participating Chinese institutions.

Scholarships are tenable at Chinese institutions that admit scholarship recipients of the Chinese Government Scholarship. These institutions are marked by an asterisk (*) in the list of participating Chinese institutions.


Applicants must:

  • be Canadian citizens residing in Canada;
  • be either:
    • a full-time professor or research staff at a recognized post-secondary education or research institution in Canada;
    • a student enrolled in either a college, undergraduate or graduate program at a recognized post-secondary education institution in Canada; or
    • a mid-career professional from a Canadian government, media or cultural organization, or national education association, who has a graduate (Master's or doctoral) degree and has managerial, policy development or decision making responsibilities for at least three years with the organization;
  • have achieved the required level of written and spoken Chinese by the host institution in China, if applicable;
  • undertake studies in an approved subject area in a Chinese institution;
  • not be seeking a degree in China;
  • be under 45 years of age if applying under the “General Scholar” category of the China Scholarship Council (CSC); and
  • be under 50 years of age if applying under the “Senior Scholar” category of the CSC.

Additional qualifications and requirements apply. Please consult the program website

Maximum Project Value

The award component provided by the Chinese Government Scholarship includes:

  • tuition fees at participating Chinese institutions;
  • a monthly stipend appropriate to the recipient’s status (Approximate values):
    • 2,500 Yuan for undergraduate and language students;
    • 3,000 Yuan for Master’s degree students; and
    • 3,500 Yuan for PhD students and senior scholars.
  • on-campus accommodation or a subsidy for off-campus accommodation (if permitted); and
  • comprehensive medical insurance.

Project Duration

4 to 12 months for students; and 8 weeks to 12 months for faculty members and mid-career professionals. Scholarships can begin as of September 2020 and must end before August 2021.

Special Notes

Applicants will be contacted by February 21, 2020 regarding the status of their application. Pre-selected candidates will receive an award letter which they will need to submit as soon as possible to the three Chinese institutions listed on their application to obtain a letter of pre-admission.
Pre-selected candidates will need to submit a Letter of Pre-Admission from one of their selected Chinese post-secondary participating institutions to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Canada by fax at (613) 789-0262 or by email at within two weeks of receiving their award letter or by March 9, 2020. The Letter of Pre-Admission will be helpful to obtain an Admission Notice for the China Scholarship Council program and the visa application document. Pre-selected candidates who do not obtain a Pre-admission Letter by March 9, 2020 are able to continue to the next step of the CCSEP selection process. CSC makes the final decision on the Chinese host institutions for the selected recipients..
Final selection
CBIE will communicate with successful candidates by early June 2020.
Successful candidates will receive an Admission Notice from the Chinese host institution along with other material related to the visa application process and travel to China around the same time period as the final selection.
Selection of the scholarship recipients is subject to the CSC agreeing to the terms of admission of the host university or institution in China.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

The deadline to submit the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) online application is January 23, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The deadline to receive the China Scholarship Council (CSC) online application form and supporting documentation by mail is January 23, 2020.

How to Apply

To be considered for the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program, the applicant must complete the following two-step process.

  1. Applicants must complete and submit the online application form of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) available on this site and provide the supporting documents as requested.
  2. Applicants must complete and submit the CSC online application from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) website as well as an application package submitted by mail.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

IMPORTANT: Applicants are required to submit both the DFATD application form and the CSC application form. Any application submitted to only one of the government scholarship portals will not be considered.

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