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Through the goodwill of the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York, Vassar College has been invited to nominate two Vassar College students to receive the “Chinese Government Scholarship” to study Chinese language or related disciplines in the Chinese Institutions of higher education.

The scholarship allows the selected Vassar students to study either Mandarin language in a university-affiliated language training center, or an academic field in a degree-granting program, at one of the 115 universities and colleges located all over China which are approved by CSC. The recipient of the scholarship will be entitled to a tuition waiver, living allowance, and medical insurance. Recipients shall cover their own round-trip international travel expenses.

Applicants should identify one academic program and three institutions from the list provided by the Ministry of Education (below). The CSC will place selected applicants at an institution. While every effort is made to place students at one of their top three choices (in order of preference), applicants should note that they could be placed at an alternate institution.

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Currently enrolled Vassar seniors are eligible to apply. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens and in good health.

CAMPUS DEADLINE: January 17, this includes all letters of recommendation

  1. Use the Recommendation Registration Form to register two people to serve as your referees.  You must register your writers before you submit your application and inform them that the letters are due by the campus deadline. 
  2. Apply to the Chinese higher education institutions you are interested in studying at; please review the eligible list of Institutions.
  3. Complete the Chinese Government Scholarship application and submit it by the campus deadline.

For Applicants: You must submit your application through the online system as indicated above. Please note that you cannot save information in the application and return to it at a later date. You'll need a transcript with your fall grades included so you won't be able to submit the application until Ask Banner re-opens after the end of the fall term in January. You should save your work in a separate document and enter it all at once when you are ready to submit. 

For Letter Writers: Candidates should register their references through the online application. Once registered, writers will receive a link to this form Letter of Recommendation Submission Form. If you haven't received an email please follow up with the applicant to ensure that you have been registered to write on his/her behalf. You may access this form at any time through this site, however, you cannot save information and return to the form at a later date.

Selected candidates will be asked to complete a formal application to be submitted by February 15 and a physical exam which must be forwarded to the Consulate General of People's Republic of China in New York in May. The scholarship award will be formally announced by the China Scholarship Council by July. 

Selected scholars will be asked to submit a report to the Office of Fellowships at the end of their term in China.