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THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. China Scholarship Council - The University of Manchester Joint Scholarship for PhD Study in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2019-20

Type of award


Managing departments

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • School of Arts, Languages and Cultures


For successful applicants, The University of Manchester will cover their full tuition fees for the period of the relevant programme as outlined in the offer letter (usually three years). CSC will provide living allowances as prescribed by the Chinese Government, and will cover the round-trip international airfare for students from China to the United Kingdom, visa and passport application fees.

Specified use

Tuition fees, airfare and visa and passport application fees.

Tenable period

The scholarships will be for three years commencing September 2019.

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

In the Faculty of Humanities, up to six awards will be offered for candidates commencing the PhD in September 2019.

Funding provider

The University of Manchester and China Scholarship Council

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

  • Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

  • Anthropology, Media and Performance
  • Arab World Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Art History and Visual Studies
  • Arts Management and Cultural Practices
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Drama
  • East Asian Studies
  • English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Humanitarianism and Conflict Response
  • Institute for Cultural Practices
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Linguistics and English Language
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Music
  • Religions and Theology
  • Russian and East European Studies
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies

Academic requirements

Candidates must meet the academic requirements for admission to the selected doctoral programme in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. Please see programmes website for more details. 

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to students from:

  • China

Other eligibility criteria

  • Candidates will be citizens and permanent residents of the People's Republic of China at the time of application; overseas Chinese students may be eligible for application subject to CSC policy at the time; (CSC publicises the policy in October or November every year)
  • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their studies and/or research
  • Candidates must hold an unconditional offer from The University of Manchester. They must fulfil the relevant academic entry requirements set by their chosen School at The University of Manchester, including a high level of English language proficiency.
  • Candidates should satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC

Application procedure

Candidates should submit an online application for admission to The University of Manchester before  15 January 2019* . Candidates should specify in their application that they wish to apply for The University of Manchester/CSC joint scholarship scheme. All supporting documents (degree certificates, transcripts, research proposal, references and evidence of English language proficiency (if required) must also be must be submitted to Mrs Joanne Marsh, Graduate School Senior Research Administrator at

* Please note, this is subject to change as we await confirmation of the China Scholarship Council's deadline for their part of the application process

Application form

Additional documentation

  • Degree certificates and transcripts
  • Research proposal
  • References
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable

Selection criteria

The University of Manchester will evaluate the candidates, upon receiving applications and rank them in priority order. The University of Manchester will provide CSC and each qualified candidate with a copy of the offer letter.

After receiving the offer letter from The University of Manchester, candidates must also apply to CSC for funding by completing an application online (Deadline to be confirmed by the CSC in due course).

CSC will evaluate the candidates according to CSC requirements and priorities and provide The University of Manchester with a final list of scholarship recipients and inform the successful candidates.

Selection body

The University of Manchester and China Scholarship Council

Closing date

15 January 2019 *

* Please note, this is a provisional deadline.

Decision date

Applicants will be notified of the outcome around mid-May onwards

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