Postgraduate funding

King’s-China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarship programme (K-CSC) 2019-20

Eligibility criteria

  • Open to residents of the following countries

  • Candidates MUST:
    • Be citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application;
    • Satisfy the selection criteria relating to current study and employment as set out by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) on their website;
    • Be due to commence a full-time MPhil/PhD research degree programme at King’s College London in the 2019/20 academic year (from September/October 2019) and by no later than March 2020;
    • Agree to return to China upon completion of their studies and/or research;
    • Have submitted all the required application material/information (as instructed in the ‘Application Process’ section below);
    • Have met the English language requirements for their chosen research programme by no later than by 31 January 2019;
    • Also follow the separate local application procedure within China and submit the required documentation to the CSC by its stated deadlines (see for further details)
    Please note that:
    • Students who have already commenced their doctoral degree at King’s are not eligible
    • These scholarships cannot be held on a part-time basis
    • Distance learning programmes are not eligible
    • Professional doctorate degrees are not eligible
    • Joint PhD programmes are not eligible
    • Students applying for the King’s International PGR Scholarships (with code: 1920-PGR-INT) cannot also apply for the K-CSC Scholarships. Students must choose one or the other (see application process for further details)
    • Students who fail to apply to both King’s and the CSC, as appropriate, will not be eligible
    • These scholarships cannot commence prior to September/October 2019
  • Applicable subjects
    All Subjects

Application details

Applications may be submitted
25-Oct-2018 until 11-Jan-2019

Information about the funding

The 2019-20 King’s-China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarship programme (K-CSC) has closed. We hope to publish details about our 2020-21 competition in September.

King's College London and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) hold an agreement to jointly fund PhD students to pursue research degrees at King's College London.

As part of the agreement, successful students will receive a scholarship that covers the tuition fee, an annual living allowance that includes overseas student health cover, a return airfare to London and visa application fees.

Up to 100 K-CSC scholarship awards will be available for the 2019-20 competition

Please be aware that students funded through this scheme must abide by any additional terms and conditions set by the CSC. Scholars will be required to enter into a legally binding agreement with the CSC before they are able to take up the scholarship. If there are any significant developments that could affect/hamper a scholar's expected completion of the PhD, scholars are advised to get in touch with the Education Section in the Chinese Embassy.

Key Dates
Early November 2018 – January 2019:

  • Practice your English language skills
  • Review King’s online supervisor catalogue, available early November at the link here:
  • Contact potential supervisors about your research interests
  • Discuss your research ideas with your potential supervisors (some disciplines may require a research proposal)
11 January 2019:
  • Deadline to apply to King’s College London
31 January 2019:
  • Deadline to submit proof of English language proficiency to King’s
10 – 31 March 2019:
  • Apply directly to the China Scholarship Council for funding. The application guidance will be published on the CSC official website: You will need to inform the Centre for Doctoral Studies about the progress of your application to the CSC, including dates of submission and any interview dates.

Specified use
Successful students will receive a scholarship that covers the full international/overseas tuition fee (covered by King's College London), and an annual living allowance that includes overseas student health cover, a return airfare to London and visa application fees (covered by the CSC). Stipend levels are set by the CSC so please contact the CSC for full details. For guidance, the stipend level was normally set as 950-1100 GBP per month in previous years.

For guidance on budgeting, please visit our Money Advice webpages.

Application procedure
Applications will be open until 11 January 2019 at 23:59 GMT sharp

Please follow the instructions below. Applicants who fail to apply as instructed below will not be eligible for consideration.


  • 1. Apply to King’s College London for a research degree programme using the online admissions application ( Applications must be complete with the relevant supporting documentation, i.e. official transcripts and certificates, including professional/university-made translations, and if applicable: personal statement/writing sample/research proposals (please refer to online prospectus for programme-specific requirements)*
  • 2. On the funding part of the KCL Admissions Application Form, ensure you tick the box at item 5 (Award Scheme Code or Name) and enter the code 1920-KCSC (please copy and paste this code exactly)
  • 3. Submit a separate application to the CSC by their stated deadline and following the local application procedures in China. Note that the local CSC application process is completely separate to King’s processes and their deadlines will also differ from ours.

*Students who have already applied for admissions, and those who previously applied but deferred entry to 2019/20, will be required to update their application for 2018/19 with the code 1920-KCSC by the same deadline of 11 January 2019, 23:59 GMT.

PLEASE NOTE: Chinese students are eligible to apply to King’s PGR International scholarships as well as King’s China Council Scholarships; however, they will not be considered for both schemes and therefore will need to decide at application stage whether they enter EITHER 1920-KCSC OR 1920-PGR-INT as the code in the Award Scheme Code or Name funding box.

PLEASE BE AWARE that material from your admissions application will be extracted and used as part of the assessment/selection process; therefore, it is our expectation that your admissions application will be complete with supporting documentation (as mentioned above) by the application deadline of 11 January 2019. It is your responsibility to ensure that this information is provided in time.

Selection Process:
Once the application deadline has passed, the Admissions Office and the Centre for Doctoral Studies (CDS) Office will gather and record the details of all the applications received that state 1920-KCSC as the Award Scheme Code.

The Admissions Office and the CDS Office will check the eligibility of all applicants, and all applications that are deemed eligible will be circulated to faculties for assessment.

Assessment of applications will be based on:
  • i) Evidence and strength of academic qualifications gained (minimum entry qualification is an undergraduate 2:1 and/or a higher degree), and where applicable, professional qualifications and/or relevant experience;
  • ii) Strength of the research proposal
  • iii) Match of the applicant’s interests with his/her potential supervisor
Academic faculties will put forward their shortlist of candidates to the CDS office who will then check that the candidates have met the English entry requirements for their programme and obtained an admissions offer. Only those that have met these conditions will be eligible for nomination to the CSC.

Please be aware that the admissions offer letter only relates to your place for the doctoral degree programme and will not include scholarship/fee waiver information. Confirmation of fee waiver support will be communicated directly with the CSC at the point of nomination (see below).

CSC Nomination
Once the university’s list of nominations is confirmed, the CDS office will notify applicants of their nomination status and submit the nomination decisions to the CSC by no later than 04 March 2019, which is the CSC’s nomination deadline.

Final Decisions
The CSC will conduct a separate selection process based on the applications it received directly within China, and will evaluate candidates according to CSC requirements and priorities. The CSC will make its final decision about the awards towards the end of May, and provide the CDS office with a final list of scholarship recipients.

  • Students can only be successful with a K-CSC scholarship if they have been chosen/supported by BOTH the King’s College London Centre for Doctoral Studies and the China Scholarship Council (CSC)
  • For those students who make it on the King's College London nominations list, their details (to include: full name, date of birth, gender, programme details, start date and end date) will be shared with the CSC as part of the nomination process for identification purposes.

Announcement of Results
All results will be announced via email in the first instance.

Candidates who are deemed ineligible by the CDS office for a K-CSC award will be informed about their ineligibility.

Eligible applicants who have been considered for nomination by King’s will be informed about the outcome of their applications around early-mid March 2019.

Final decisions lie with the CSC and will be confirmed towards the end of May/early June 2019. As soon as the CDS office is aware of the final outcome, they will contact the successful candidates. Unsuccessful candidates will also be informed at this point.

Candidates who are successfully offered a K-CSC award will be asked to provide a decision on acceptance/decline by a given deadline. If a successful candidate fails to respond by the given deadline or declines the offer, their award offer will automatically be withdrawn.

For further details about these scholarships, please click on the guidance document at the bottom of this page.

Contact details

King's College London
Tel: 020 7848 4568/3389/0202

Liu Chao
UK Affairs
Division of European Affairs
China Scholarship Council
Level 13, Bldg. A3
No. 9 Chegongzhuang Ave.
Beijing, P.R. China 100044
Tel: 86-10-66093565
Fax: 86-10-66093929

Funding provider
King's and China Scholarship Council

Application material


Please note the database is updated regularly but is a guide only and not a guarantee of funding nor an exhaustive list of all funding available.

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