COMPETITION CLOSED The application period is closed for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Global Affairs Canada and the Chinese Ministry of Education are offering short-term scholarships to Canadians wishing to pursue post-secondary academic study, research or Chinese language training or a combination of these activities at participating Chinese institutions . Established in 1973, the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program (CCSEP) was the result of an undertaking by then Chinese premier Zhou Enlai and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Over the past 49 years, more than 1,100 scholars have participated in the program. Canadian scholars have brought new perspectives to their host country and returned to Canada with enhanced knowledge and understanding of China.
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 .
CCSEP is part of Global Affairs Canada’s International Scholarships Program.
To be eligible, candidates must:
✔ be Canadian citizens
a full-time teaching or research staff at a post-secondary or research institution in Canada;
a mid-career professional from a Canadian government, media or cultural organization, or a national education association, who has a graduate (Master's or doctoral) degree and has had managerial, policy development or decision making responsibilities within this organization for at least three years.
✔ have achieved the required level of written and spoken Chinese by the host institution in China, if applicable. Where Chinese is the language of instruction, proficiency must be HSK level 3 for undergraduate studies and HSK level 4 for graduate studies;
✔ 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.
Employees of the Government of Canada’s departments and agencies (including those on leave), although eligible for this scholarship, are not eligible for the travel benefit funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).
Scholarship value and duration
Scholarships are awarded for:
Four to 12 months for students
Eight weeks to 12 months for mid-career professionals, faculty members and researchers
There are two components to the CCSEP scholarship.
The Chinese Government Scholarship component covers:
on-campus accommodation or a subsidy for off-campus accommodation (if permitted by the host institution); and
comprehensive medical insurance.
The Global Affairs Canada scholarship component covers the cost of travel to and from the destination in China via the most cost-effective route between the scholarship recipient’s point of origin and the final destination.
How funding works
Recipients will receive information regarding payment of their Chinese Government Scholarship from their host institution. Funds for this component are disbursed by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Scholarship recipients must sign a Grant Agreement with Global Affairs Canada, through its legal name, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), in order to receive the in-kind grant towards the round-trip flight to and from China. Travel arrangements will be made through the designated travel agency of the scholarship administrator. DFATD will only cover the cost of approved flights to and from China at the beginning and completion of the scholarship. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.
Candidates must complete a three-step application process.
Step one: 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.
Step two: complete and submit the CSC online application on the China Scholarship Council (CSC) website as well as print and mail the application package to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in Ottawa, Canada.
Step three: mail additional supporting documents to CBIE.
Candidates are required to submit both the DFATD application form and the CSC application form to be considered for the scholarship.
Certificate of pre-admission or copy of correspondence
a certificate of pre-admission from the host institution or copy of correspondence demonstrating that the candidate has requested admission or will have access to the facilities needed to complete the proposed research project
email correspondence with the international admissions office or a potential academic collaborator is accepted
Proof of citizenship
a copy of the candidate's passport (valid for the duration of the scholarship)
documents not accepted as proof of citizenship are: birth or baptismal certificate, driver’s license, permanent residence card or health card
Copy of official transcripts
an official transcript of the highest post-secondary studies completed (including colleges and CÉGEPs) and an official transcript of studies in progress (if applicable)
the institution’s seal and registrar’s signature must appear on the transcript
Study or research proposal
an essay describing your study or research plan (maximum two pages)
Copy of diploma
for the highest degree or diploma obtained
college or undergraduate students who have not yet obtained a post-secondary degree or diploma can upload a high school diploma
Proof of registration for studies in progress (if applicable)
must be issued by the Registrar’s Office at the candidate’s Canadian home institution to confirm full-time enrolment in an academic program
Step 2: China Scholarship Council (CSC) online application
Select three institutions on the application. Those who indicate that they are not willing to consider alternatives may be withdrawn from consideration if the institution that they have indicated is deemed inappropriate by CSC, or is not able to offer a place.
Download, print and sign one copy of the application once completed. Candidates should include a signature in the blank space at the bottom of the last page of the application.
Ensure to include a photo of the candidate on the first page of the application form.
Candidates must apply either under the “General Scholar” category or the “Senior Scholar” category of the CSC. Candidates applying under the “General Scholar” category must hold at least a high school diploma and be under the age of 45. Candidates applying under the “Senior Scholar” category to undertake research in China must hold at least a Master’s degree or be associate professors or research staff and be under the age of 50.
The CSC application may require additional documentation not required for the DFATD application.
All inquiries regarding the CSC application should be directed to:
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada Attention: Education Office - Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program Email: email@example.com
includes work experience; most relevant scholarly publications and other knowledge dissemination activities, if applicable; most important distinctions, prizes, or scholarships received to date and their value, if applicable; and other relevant professional and/or academic accomplishments demonstrating academic merit, leadership abilities, and/or commitment to innovation and creativity
maximum 6 pages
Samples of work (if applicable)
candidates in fine arts, painting, graphic arts, sculpture and photography must submit three color pictures of three art pieces on a USB key, CD or DVD
filmmakers and video artists must submit at least one recent film, indicating when it was made, how the candidate was involved in its production, and the running time. These must be provided on a USB key, CD or DVD, be dated, and clearly identified with the candidate's name
candidates in music must submit a USB key, CD or DVD of three original compositions totaling no more than 30 minutes
candidates in architecture must submit up to three reproductions of drawings, provided on a USB key, CD or DVD
Note: submitted applications and documents will not be returned.
Scholarship selection criteria
We evaluate applications based on:
professional or academic merit
rationale for going to China
feasibility of the proposed study or research plan
mid-career professionals must demonstrate strong leadership qualities through a commitment to innovation, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit
preference will be given to those candidates whose study or research plan is related to China
Note: We give priority to students who have not previously received a scholarship under the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program.
Recipient arrival in China
The scholarship is tenable between September 2023 and August 2024.
The Chinese academic year typically begins in September and ends in mid-July, including a winter vacation of approximately three weeks in January or February.
For the 2023-2024 Chinese academic year, the fall semester will be from September 2023 to January 2024, and the spring semester will be from February 2024 to July 2024.
Conditions for successful applicants
Selected applicants agree to:
be enrolled at their host university for the time periods approved by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Permission for late enrollment must be obtained by the Chinese institution
return to Canada upon completion of their exchange program
not concurrently hold other scholarships offering similar benefits
apply for an X1 or X2 Visa and hold a valid passport for the duration of their stay in China
have appropriate medical insurance coverage for the duration of the scholarship
focus on their studies, research and/or Chinese language training at the Chinese host institution
not undertake paid employment in China during their scholarship
Failure to meet these conditions may result in the cancellation of the scholarship.
Scholarships cannot be deferred and are not renewable
Scholarships are subject to availability of funding from the Government of Canada
Scholarships are not taxable for either the Canadian institution or the scholarship recipient
There is no appeal process for unsuccessful applications
The selection committee does not provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates
Contact the CCSEP scholarship administrator, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE): firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-237-4820