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China Scholarship Council

The china-scholarship-council China Scholarship Council (CSC) is a non-profit institution under the Ministry of Education China, which administers government scholarships to sponsor Chinese citizens wishing to study abroad. The State Sponsored Postgraduate Programme supports more than 5,000 research students each year and provides living expenses and one return flight ticket to successful applicants.

The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science offers PhD Studentships in partnership with the CSC scheme. Last year 49 CSC applicants succeeded in gaining funding for PhD places at Queen Mary in a range of disciplines, making Queen Mary the second largest supporter of this scheme in the UK.

Under the scheme, Queen Mary provides scholarships to cover all tuition fees, whilst the CSC provides living expenses and one return flight ticket to successful applicants. This year the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science will offer fee waivers to suitably qualified students to start in September 2018. Therefore, we welcome applications from Chinese students who want to undertake their PhD studies within our highly ranked institution.

Student Profiles

Hear from students, who have been awarded funding by the China Scholarship Council, about their experience of undertaking a PhD within the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science.


We welcome applications in all areas of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science in which we are research-active. See our research pages for links to the web pages of our research groups and the pages of potential academic supervisors. Please identify possible supervisors and contact them directly to discuss project ideas (yours or theirs). Some examples of projects we are interested in supervising are listed on the project ideas page.


Applicants must be Chinese nationals (not Hong Kong or Taiwan) and are required to have a first class, or at least an upper second class, degree and/or a masters degree in a related discipline from a top university anywhere in the world. Evidence of proficiency in English language skills is a requirement for all international students. Further information about English language requirements is available on the entry requirements page. Existing students in their first year of PhD study at Queen Mary may also apply; see instructions below.

How to apply - New applicants for PhD at QMUL

  • Contact the supervising academic by e-mail so that an informal discussion can be arranged. You will be asked to provide a CV and personal statement. We recommend you do this by December 2017 to allow time for preparation of application documents.
  • When the academic has agreed to supervise you for the project, please submit an application online via the Queen Mary Admissions Portal (see instructions here).
  • Our deadline for applications is 31 January 2018.
  • If you are successful we will give you an offer, conditional on you obtaining a funding award from the China Scholarship Council.
  • After you have received a conditional offer from us, we will work with you to help prepare your application to the China Scholarship Council. The deadline for funding applications to the CSC is April 5, 2018.

How to apply - Visiting PhD students to QMUL

If you are an existing PhD student wishing to visit QMUL for part of your PhD supported by CSC, you should first contact the relevant supervising academic by e-mail to establish whether they are interested in hosting your visit. If the supervisor is willing to support your application, you need to apply using the following form [DOC 67KB], together with the requested documentation, sent to the address on the form.

How to apply - Existing PhD students at QMUL

If you are an unfunded PhD student currently in your first year of study at QMUL, your application should be sent by email to the Director of Graduate Studies,, consisting of the items listed below. The deadlines and remaining procedures are as above.

  • Academic transcripts
  • CV
  • Progress report on your PhD
  • References from your supervisor and 2nd supervisor (ask them to mail these directly to the Director of Graduate Studies by the deadline)
  • Answers to the following questions: Did you apply to CSC last year? If so, has anything changed since your previous application (supervisor, project, etc.)? Do you currently have a fee waiver?
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