China Scholarship Council

The China Scholarship Council has allocated support for up to 15 PhD students and up to 10 postdoctoral fellows in Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, beginning in 2021. These prestigious awards provide four years of stipend support at $26,400 per year for doctoral students; and partial funding of $26,400 per year for two years for postdoctoral fellows.

 Prospective students or postdocs are encouraged to read this brief overview, and more detailed information can be found below.

About the China Scholarship Council
The China Scholarship Council, officially the “National Education Fund Management Committee” (国家留学基金管理委员会), is the body responsible for administering China’s National Scholarship Fund. Established by the Chinese Ministry of Education in 1996, the CSC provides support for international academic exchange with China and reports to the Ministry of Education. The CSC funds several scholarship programs designed to support different types of exchanges: foreign students in China, Chinese students abroad, and Chinese research institutions that wish to cultivate exchanges with faculty and staff at foreign universities. In 2018, CSC scholarships financed 65,000 foreign students in China and an equal number of Chinese students abroad.

Since 2018, CSC and the Governors of University of Alberta has signed agreement to establish collaborative funding program. The University of Alberta is a global top-100 university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. With over 7,200 international students from 148 countries, and over 280,000 worldwide alumni, UAlberta is recognized around the world. Students and scholars from around the world are attracted to UAlberta for its reputation as a centre of research and innovation. To learn more, visit Choose UAlberta.
Information for Prospective CSC PhD Students

Students will need to make contact with a prospective supervisor. We maintain a list of possible supervisors and projects specifically seeking CSC students, here. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of possible supervisors.

You may also find a potential supervisor through the FoMD Graduate Positions website, or by investigating specific graduate programs that are compatible with your background and research interests. You can find a full list of our graduate programs here, and each program will have descriptions of faculty working in various fields. They will also have more information about the admission requirements particular to that department.

Important detailed information on CSC application procedures and deadlines for students can be found here. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the timeline and application details.

Information for Prospective Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows will need to make contact with a prospective supervisor. We maintain a list of possible supervisors and projects specifically seeking CSC postdoctoral fellows, here. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of possible supervisors.

You may also find a potential supervisor by investigating the faculty in a specific department that is compatible with your background and research interests. You can find a full list of our departments, and each will have descriptions of the research that they do and the faculty working in various fields.

The current minimum stipend for postdoctoral fellows at the University of Alberta is $37,795.86. If you are successful in receiving CSC funding, your supervisor will also need to top you up to at least this level, plus benefits. To learn more about postdoctoral support, the Postdoctoral Fellows office has full details.

Further detailed information on CSC application procedures and deadlines for students can be found here. We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the required documents and timelines.

Information for Prospective FoMD Supervisors

If you are interested in supervising a PhD student and/or postdoctoral fellow, we welcome you to contact us so we can share your contact details and project description with possible students. Please email the Office of Research (fmdgrd@ualberta.ca) with the following information:

  • name
  • preferred email address
  • a brief description of the project
  • whether you are interested in a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow
  • your lab website (if applicable)

For complete details on timelines, required documentation, applicant eligibility and other information, please click here.

If you have any questions regarding CSC program details or student recruitment, please feel free to contact Dr. Gregory Tyrrell, Director, International Graduate Programs, at gjt@ualberta.ca, or email fmdgrd@ualberta.ca.

Contact Information

If you have any questions that are not addressed in the information above, we are here to help!

  • For questions from prospective supervisors about eligibility, procedures, or other program details, please contact the grad programs advisor at the Office of Research, fmdgrd@ualberta.ca, or Dr. Greg Tyrrell, Director, International Programs, at gjt@ualberta.ca.

  • Prospective students or fellows may contact the Office of Research (fmdgrd@ualberta.ca) or, for assistance in Mandarin, please contact the Office of International Programs. This office, headed by Associate Dean, Dr. Xin Min Li, can also answer questions about institutional international initiatives.