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KI-China Scholarship Council (CSC) programme

The KI-CSC programme is based on an agreement between Karolinska Institutet (KI) and China Scholarship Council (CSC), a funding institution under the Ministry of Education of China which awards scholarships to Chinese scholars going abroad for doctoral studies or research. A KI host researcher can provide an opportunity by announcing a project with which the Chinese applicant can apply for a CSC scholarship on a yearly basis (2016-2020).

Number of scholarships 

According to the KI-CSC programme, there are scholarships for up to:

  • 30 doctoral students
  • 20 post-doc fellows
  • 5 visiting researchers
  • 5 master’s degree students (No new scholarships are available for 2020)

CSC scholarship levels

From 2019, the financial support from CSC for:

  • doctoral students is SEK 15,000/month, up to 48 months
  • postdoc fellows, SEK 15,000/month, for 6-24 months
  • visiting researchers, SEK 15,000/month, for 3-12 months

KI supervisors receiving post-docs and registered doctoral students must top up the CSC scholarship to the minimum level required by KI with either a complementary scholarship or by part-time employment.

2019 the CSC sholarship levels changed.

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, CSC has announced a new deadline for applications:

  • The online application period to CSC is 10–30 April
  • Submission of application documents and Institution approval before May 12
  • The final result will be published late June.

Considering that all the major English tests have been cancelled in March, the applicants don't need to hand in their IELTS, TOEFL scores when applying online if they haven't taken the tests, but once they pass the evaluation and are potentially granted the scholarship, they need to hand in the qualified English test scores, so that they can finally get approved to obtain the scholarship and go abroad.

To attract potential scholarship applicants the potential host first needs to formulate and submit a short research project description in October. The KI hosts provide the opportunities and research projects, with which the applicants later can apply for the CSC scholarship.  When recruiting Chinese doctoral students applying for CSC scholarships 2020, only supervisors who submit a research project description before the deadline, October 7, 2019, will be included in the programme.

KI project descriptions for recruiting CSC funded scholars 2020-2021

Information for


Monika Berge

International coordinator

Nailin Li

Senior researcher