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KI-China Scholarship Council (CSC) programme

The KI-CSC programme is based on an agreement between KI and CSC, a funding institution under the Ministry of Education of Chin, which awards scholarships to Chinese scholars going abroad for doctoral studies or visiting 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. A new agreement between KI and CSC for the period 2020-2025 is being finalised.

Number of scholarships 

According to the KI-CSC programme 2020-2025, there are scholarships for up to:

  • thirty (30) doctoral students (either as full-time degree or visiting doctoral students) per year
  • twenty (20) postdoctoral fellows per year
  • five (5) visiting scholars per year

KI will not accept additional applicants outside the KI-CSC programme, i.e., through the open calls of the CSC scholarship programmes. The scholarships for master’s degree students has been discontinued since 2019.

CSC scholarship levels

From 2019, the financial support from CSC for:

  • doctoral degree students, SEK 15,000/month, up to 48 months
  • Visiting doctoral students, SEK 15,000/month, for 6-12 months  
  • Postdoctoral 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 scholarship levels changed.

CSC call for scholarship applications in 2021 (Autumn 2020, Spring 2021)

To attract potential scholarship applicants, the potential KI host first needs to formulate and submit a short research project description by September 30, 2020. The KI hosts provide the opportunities and research projects, with which the applicants later can apply for the CSC scholarship.

Please note that an approval from the head of department is required for recruiting CSC scholars, and that a “Green Light” approval is compulsory for KI hosts recruiting 4-year doctoral students. The procedures for recruiting CSC funded scholars for 2020–2021 are expected to be similar to that of 2019–2020 round, albeit we have not yet received the exact timeline for the recruitment procedures, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The information on the KI webpage will be updated as soon as we have updated information from CSC.

CSC call for scholarship applications in 2020 - Call closed

KI project descriptions for recruiting CSC funded scholars 2020-2021

Due to the outbreak of the Corona virus, CSC modified the timeline for 2020 applications:

  • The online application period to CSC was April 10–30, 2020
  • Submission of application documents and Institution approval before May 12, 2020
  • The final result will be published in late early July, 2020.

Considering that all the major English proficiency tests have been cancelled since last March, the applicants did not need to hand in their IELTS or TOEFL scores when applying online if they have not taken the tests. However, once they pass the evaluation and have been granted the scholarship, they need to hand in the qualified English proficiency test scores, for the final approval to start the scholarship period and go abroad.


Monika Berge

International coordinator

Nailin Li

Senior researcher