China Scholarship Council - PhD Students

NUI Galway and China - China Scholarship Council 2022

We look forward to welcoming new applications for the China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scheme for 2022. 

*NUI Galway CSC PhD application deadline extended - We will now be accepting applications until March 10th 2022*

The CSC Scheme opens for applications on the 10th March 2022 but please note that students must have their supervisior selected and an application and NUI Galway offer letter secured before an application can be made to the CSC.

NUI Galway is world-renowned as an expert research-led University. It is currently ranked in the top 2% of Universities worldwide according to QS and third in Ireland in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, and stands as the highest-ranked Irish university outside the capital city of Dublin. 
NUI Galway and China Scholarship Council (CSC), affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China, are delighted to welcome high achieving students from China.  NUI Galway already has a number of substantial academic links with China, and it is our hope that the CSC programme will strengthen these links further and enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the University.

NUI Galway currently has project opportunities for PhD students in the CSC scheme.  PhD students can apply to undertake a full PhD at NUI Galway.  

If you have any questions, please contact:

F‌ind out more about the CSC scheme - English

 Find out more about the CSC scheme - Chinese

Application Process (PhD)

Chinese student makes contact with a supervisor who, following a discussion, is willing to supervise the student on condition that he/she is awarded a CSC scholarship.

  • Student and supervisor work on a project plan.  Research Plan Template
  • Student applies for a PhD at School/Discipline of supervisor through the CRM system via the online application portal of NUI Galway and receives a NUIG letter of offer.
  • Supervisor provides student with a 1 page CV.
  • Chinese student translates Research Plan into Chinese.
  • All documents must be signed by supervisors and returned to students for submission.

How to Apply

The first step for candidates applying to NUI Galway is to Find Their Supervisor requesting that they would support them in their application to the CSC and supervise their PhD if successful in the scholarship.

1 Project Selection Applicant searches for a potential NUI Galway project supervisor via Find Their Supervisor online.
2 Email Enquiry Applicant emails the named supervisor of their chosen project(s) to discuss a research proposal.
3 Applicant Review Applicant’s details are reviewed by the potential PhD supervisor at NUI Galway. 
4 Decision If the supervisor agrees to accept the applicant as a PhD student, then the supervisor will guide the applicant in making a formal application to the university. (All paperwork must be submitted by 10th March 2022). (Please note: Evidence of English-language competency is no longer neccessary at application stage).
5 Letter of Offer NUI Galway issues a Letter of Offer to the applicant as per the requirements of the CSC Programme.
6 Funding Application CSC Scheme opens for applications: 10th March 2022
Submissions must be made by student to CSC portal: (selecting NUI Galway from the list of Institutions).   CSC release their results and students access the results online.
CSC Scheme closes for applications: 31st March 2022
7 PhD Commencement Student commences PhD studies at NUI Galway.

‌The growing network of NUI Galway graduates in China plays an important role in reinforcing our research links with some of China’s leading universities, including Tsinghua University, Beijing Institute of Technology and Harbin Institute of Technology.  NUI Galway has academic exchange and collaborations with 30 institutions throughout China and Hong Kong and our strong ties with Chinese universities greatly benefit research collaborations, as well as student and academic exchanges.

Our Partners in China

  • Tsinghua University (Graduates, Faculty, Research)
  • Peking University (PhD exchange)
  • Jiangnan University (joint taught programme)
  • Beijing Technology & Business University (joint taught programme)
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Formal Research Partnership)
  • Fourth Military Medical University, Beijing (Formal Research Partnership)
  • Shantou University (Exchange programmes, joint programmes)
  • Shenzhen University (research & PhD collaboration)
  • Guangdong University of Technology (research, alumni)
  • Hong Kong Science & Technology U (staff & student exchange programme)
  • Hong Kong Baptist U (study abroad)
  • Lingnan University, Hong Kong (study abroad)
  • Hebei Medical University
  • Hebei Normal University
  • Xi ‘a Jiatong University (XJTU)
  •  Zhejiang University

Collaborative Research Partners (selected): Huazhong UST • Hunan U • East China Normal U • Sichuan Agricultural U • Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (CAS) • Zhejiang Agriculture & Forestry U • Yunnan Agricultural U • Sichuan U • Northeastern U • Beijing Normal U

NUI Galway and China


Chinese Alumni Network

We have a growing network of NUI Galway Alumni in China that are part of the 90,000 alumni worldwide.  The group meet regularly and remain connected to current NUI Galway staff . 

Chinese Alumni Network

Chinese Alumni Network

Chinese Alumni Network We have a growing network of NUI Galway Alumni in China that are part of the 90,000 alumni world

Alumni Network


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