Financial Aid

Chinese Government Scholarship


1. Before you apply for scholarships, complete your application for graduate programs at Tsinghua University first. Tsinghua University only selects scholarship candidates from pre-admitted students.

2. The requirements of scholarships may be different from admission requirements. Scholarship applicants should meet all the requirements when applying for scholarships.

3. Read Scholarship Introductions and Scholarship FAQ carefully before you apply for any scholarships at Tsinghua University. Feel Free to consult the scholarship contact at your school/department/program for scholarship inquiries in advance.

Scholarship Contacts at Schools/Departments

4. Qualified applicants may apply for multiple scholarships at the same time, but some scholarships cannot be combined with others.

5. The webpages of Scholarship Introductions and Scholarship FAQ provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive information about scholarships. Tsinghua University reserves the right to make changes according to the latest policies of scholarship awarding institutions.

Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS)

In order to promote the mutual understanding, cooperation and exchanges in various fields between China and other countries, the Chinese government has set up a series of scholarship programs to sponsor international students, teachers and scholars to study and conduct research in Chinese universities.

The China Scholarship Council (CSC), entrusted by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, is responsible for the enrollment and the administration of Chinese Government Scholarship programs.

CGS includes a series of subprograms. Each program has its own application channel. Refer to the CSC website for further information.

The Full CGS, usually covers tuition, *stipend, accommodation, and medical insurance. The Partial CGS includes one or some items from the Full CGS coverage.

*The distribution of CGS will be adjusted according to policies and regulations of higher authorities.

Annual Review is strictly required for all CGS holders according to the regulations of the CSC. The Annual Review includes the academic performance, learning attitude, attendance, student conducts, rewards and punishments, etc. Within the scholarship duration, the students who pass the Annual Review will continue to receive the scholarship for the following year. Otherwise, the scholarship will be suspended or terminated.

Application for CGS of Program Category Type A

Type A generally refers to CGS programs responsible by authorities except Chinese universities. For example, CGS-Bilateral Program, CGS-EU Program, CGS-AUN Program, etc.

The application for CGS of Program Category Type A usually opens between last November and early April (much earlier than Type B). Timelines vary by country.

You may refer to the CSC website to find out where, when, and how to apply. Please consult the relevant authorities in advance and avoid missing the deadline.

The result of CGS Program Category Type A applications will be announced by the authorities above.

*Qualified applications will be sent to universities for placement by CSC. Based on various factors, such as the different scholarship funding requirements of every country, the host university's teaching capacity, study length and applicants’ criteria, CSC reserves the right to make necessary adjustments/changes to the candidate’s host university, field of study, supporting categories and duration of scholarship. For further information, please visit the CSC website.

Application for CGS of Program Category Type B through Tsinghua University (highly competitive)

Type B generally refers to CGS programs responsible by Chinese universities under CGS-Chinese University Program.

You are advised to consult your target school/department for your CGS application eligibilities in advance. CGS programs of Type B have requirements of applicable graduate programs/majors or nationalities.

The number of candidates that can be recommended by Tsinghua University is very limited and application through Tsinghua University is highly competitive. Tsinghua University usually selects candidates from pre-admitted applicants of remarkable merit.


1. The applicant must be a citizen of a country other than the People’s Republic of China and be in good health both mentally and physically.

2. The requirements for applicants’ degree and age are that the applicants must:

  - be an academically excellent holder of a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent under the age of 35 when applying for a Master’s program; 

  - be an academically excellent holder of a Master’s degree or its equivalent under the age of 40 when applying for a doctoral program

   *Bachelor’s degree holders who plans to pursue doctoral degrees at Tsinghua University could also apply for CGS Type A or B if eligible.

3. The applicant must have passed the HSK (Level 4) when applying for a Chinese-taught postgraduate program.

4. The applicant must meet the admission requirements of the university of preference in terms of language proficiency and academic ability, among others, when applying for a program taught in a language other than Chinese.

5. Applicants must be pre-admitted by Tsinghua University and be recommended for CGS by the pre-admitted schools/departments. Otherwise, the application will not be considered or processed by Tsinghua University.

6. Applicants are not offered other scholarships for prospective graduate study at Tsinghua University.

7. Applicants have not been nominated as CGS candidates to the CSC by other universities or institutions for future graduate study.

8. Other restrictions, e.g. applicable programs/majors, nationalities, etc. Please consult the scholarship contact at target schools/departments for details in advance.


For example, applicants for joint degree programs and language and literature programs of one’s native language or a third language, such as English, French, etc. cannot apply for CGS through the University. Some CGS Type B sub-programs are open to certain majors/programs at Tsinghua University, while some are open to applicants from certain countries. In addition, a few schools/departments/programs do not recommend CGS candidates usually.

In general, priority will be given to excellent doctoral program applicants and applicants who are not currently studying in Chinese universities. The specific limit of applicants who are currently studying in Chinese universities will be determined according to the requirement of higher authorities each year.

*CSC reserves the right to decide the host university for CGS recipients with multiple offers. Each CGS recipient—even when admitted by multiple universities—will be granted no more than one CGS. For further information, please visit the CSC website.

Application Procedure through Tsinghua University

Step 1 Pre-admission (October, 2021-March, 2022)

            Applicants get pre-admitted and consult target schools/departments for CGS application eligibilities in advance.

Step 2 Recommendation of Schools/Departments (Late March)

            - Applicants complete CGS Online Application on the CSC website when informed by their schools/departments.

             *Check your email regularly and keep in touch with your school/department. If applicants can not be reached or fail to complete the CGS online application as required in time, it will be treated as a renouncement of the candidacy.

            - Schools/Departments make recommendations.

             *CGS applications without the recommendation of schools/departments will not be processed.

Step 3 Nomination of Tsinghua University to the CSC (*Apirl)

            Tsinghua University selects CGS candidates based on recommendations of schools/departments according to requirements of higher authorities then nominates them to the CSC.

Step 4 Approval by the CSC (May-*June):

            The CSC organizes designated universities and experts concerned to examine applicants’ eligibility and academic performance (new) before finalizing the short-list candidates, and notifies the results to Tsinghua University.

            *Schedule may be adjusted according to notices from higher authorities.

Application Documents of CGS application through Tsinghua University


1. All uploaded supporting documents must be clear, authentic and valid. Otherwise, the recommendation or the scholarship will be cancelled. Applicants are recommended to use professional device to scan the relevant documents. Applicants shall bear the consequences caused by unclear or unidentifiable uploaded materials.

2. All the CGS application information and documents should meet the requirements of the CSC. Otherwise, the CGS application will not be processed.

Usually, applicants may have a period of about two weeks to complete the CGS online application after being informed by the schools/departments. Considering the required application documents and their period of validation, applicants should prepare the documents properly in advance.

The following documents should be submitted online. CGS applicants do not need to mail the hard copies to Tsinghua University.


CGS Application Form (in Chinese or English)

The Form will be generated automatically by the CSC system after the applicants complete the CGS online application. Applicants should fill out the application with accurate, authentic, and valid information.


ID Photo


A Scanned Copy of Passport Information Page

An applicant shall submit a clear scanned copy of the information page of his/her passport that will not expire on or before March 1, 2023. Renew the passport if the requirement is not met. For further information, please visit the CSC website.


Diploma and Certificate of Highest Education

Prospective diploma winners must submit the certificate of expected graduation or official proof of student status by their current university. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations.


Academic Transcripts (from the undergraduate program onwards)

Copies of academic records from first to last semester during the undergarduate, graduate (if any), and doctoral programs (if any) shall be provided. These transcripts shall be issued and sealed by the attending university’s academic affairs office, graduate school, or student management department. They can be in Chinese or English, but must be attached with notarized English translations if they are in foreign languages other than English.


Valid Language Qualification Certificate

CGS applicants applying for graduate programs conducted in Chinese must provide a valid HSK certificate and score report with Level 4 or above. As a Chinese language certificate for foreign students' entry into Chinese universities, the results of the HSK are valid for two years (beginning from the test date). Applicants with a degree taught in Chinese from a Chinese university do not need to provide HSK certificate, but must provide an official document issued by the university certifying that the teaching language was Chinese. No other exemptions.

Non-native English speakers of graduate programs conducted in English must provide valid English Proficiency Test (such as the IELTS or TOEFL test report) certificates according to the requirements of admission.


Pre-admission Letter

It is a mandatory application document required by the CSC to upload to its system.


A Study Plan or Research Proposal (in Chinese or English)

It should be a personal statement and a brief introduction of the study plan or research proposal with no less than 1000 words/characters. It should include the applicant's willingness to study in China, knowledge of China, knowledge of the university, academic and professional background, future development plan, etc.


Two Recommendation Letters (in Chinese or English)

Applicants for graduate programs must submit two letters of recommendation in Chinese or English from professors or associate professors. These letters shall describe the applicant’s objectives of learning in China, comprehensive abilities, and evaluation of future growth, as well as the cooperation between the supervisors or the exchange between universities both in China and abroad.


A Photocopy of the Foreigner Physical Examination Form (in Chinese or English)

An applicant to study in China for more than six months shall submit a photocopy of the Foreigner Physical Examination Form (the original document, printed by Chinese quarantine authorities, shall be filled in in English and kept by the applicant). Foreigner Physical Examination Form

The medical examinations must cover all the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, the official stamp of the hospital or a sealed photograph of the applicants are invalid.

Please select the appropriate time to take physical examination as the result is valid for only 6 months.


Non-Criminal Record Report

The applicant shall submit a valid certificate of Non-Criminal Record (or Police Clearance Certificate) issued by the local public security authority (such as your local police station), usually issued within six months prior to the submission date of the application. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations.


Other Supporting Documents

*For further information, please visit the CSC website.

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