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 China, 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 has been 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 -  top-up needed
  • Visiting doctoral students, SEK 15,000/month, for 6-12 months  
  • Postdoctoral fellows, SEK 15,000/month, for 6-24 months - top-up needed
  • 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.

CSC call for scholarship applications in 2021- Call closed

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

Deadline for submitting the research project description: October 25, 2020.

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. The information on the KI webpage will be updated as soon as we have updated information from CSC.

List of research project descriptions for recruiting CSC funded scholars 2020-2021


Monika Berge

International coordinator

Nailin Li