In order to promote the sustainable development of Confucius Institute and international Chinese education, Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters (hereinafter referred to as Hanban) launches the "Confucius Institute Scholarship" program to encourage students, scholars and Chinese language teachers worldwide to study Chinese language and culture in China, or proceed to a Master's degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL).
I. Scholarship Category
According to different types of programs, the Scholarship is divided into 3 categories, namely, Scholarships for Four-Week Study, Scholarships for One-Academic Year Study and Scholarships for a Master's Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens aged from 16 to 35 and in good health.
Scholarships for Four-Week Study are provided to outstanding students from Confucius Institutes worldwide or those who qualify according to specific agreements of Hanban. Duration for the scholarship is 4 weeks. Applicants are required to have complete their study at a Confucius Institute for more than 30 hours and have participated in the new Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) and have no study experience in China in the precious. Applicants are allowed to choose to complete the study in the summer term (from July to August) or the winter term (from December to January the next year) in the institutions arranged by Hanban. The goal of the study is to improve their Chinese language proficiency and skills by participate in classroom learning and cultural activities.
Scholarships for One-Academic Year Study are provided to outstanding students from Confucius Institutes worldwide, who have won the preliminary rounds of the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and for Foreign High School Students in their countries, outstanding college students of Chinese Language worldwide or those who intend to become Chinese teachers. The scholarship is provided for one academic year. Applicants are required to have completed their study at a Confucius Institute for more than 60 hours or have a score of at least 120 on the new HSK (level 2). They are allowed to choose 2 host schools which offer several areas of specialization, including Chinese language and literature, education and Chinese history. The goal of the study is to improve their Chinese language proficiency and skills through engaging them in systematic study to achieve a score of at least 180 on the new HSK (level 5).
Scholarships for Master's Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages are provided to outstanding students from Confucius Institutes worldwide, students who have won the preliminary rounds of the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and for Foreign High School Students in their countries, Chinese language teachers worldwide, outstanding college students of Chinese Language worldwide or those who qualifies according to specific agreements of Hanban. The scholarship is provided for two academic years. Applicants are required to have bachelor degrees or its equivalent with a score of at least 180 on the new HSK (level 5) and make a written commitment stating that he/she will be engaged in Chinese teaching for at least 5 years after graduation. They are allowed to choose 2 host schools. They will obtain a Master's degree in MTCSOL and an international Chinese language teacher certificate issued by Hanban upon completing the study and passing the related examinations.
II. Scholarship Coverage and Criteria
Scholarship holders are exempt from registration fees, tuition, fees for basic learning materials, accommodation fees on campus, and are provided with a one-off resettlement subsidy, monthly allowance, outpatient medical service and comprehensive insurance for foreign students studying in China. Monthly allowances are at the following rates (CNY Yuan per month): a. CNY 1,400 for one-academic study, and b. CNY 1,700 for Master's Degree Students. The one-off settlement subsidy is CNY 1,500 for students who will study in China for one academic year or more.
III. Application and Evaluation
1. From the issue date of the application procedures, applicants can log on to the Confucius Institute Scholarship website at http://cis.chinese.cn, set up an individual account, complete the Confucius Institute Scholarship Application form online, print out the form and sign it; then submit it to one of the recommended institutes along with the other application materials (see article 4).
2. The following recommended institutes will select the best applicants and recommend them to the host institutes.
Related colleges and universities in countries with no Confucius Institutes established;
Education and culture offices (sections) of Chinese embassies (consulates) worldwide;
Host institutes for Master's Degree in MTCSOL
The recommended institutes are required to send the application materials for the Scholarships for Four-Week Study to Hanban, and other application materials to host institutes chosen by the applicants by May 31st.
3. Evaluations for admission will be made by the host institutes and the results will be submitted to Hanban along with copies of the applications by June 10th. Hanban will organize an expert panel to make the final selection by June 20th. Applicants may check the application process and their results at any time through the recommended institutes or the Confucius Institute Scholarship website. The host institutes are required to send "Admission Notice", "Enrollment Instructions", "Visa Application Form for Foreigners to Study in China" (JW202 Form) and other related materials to the applicants through the recommended institutes by July 10th.