China Scholarship Council - The University of Manchester (CSC-UoM) Joint Scholarship Programme - Competition Closed for 2024 Entry

Type of award


Managing department

Faculty of Humanities


  • Tuition fees funded by the University of Manchester
  • Living allowance funded by China Scholarship Council
  • Round-trip international airfare from China to the UK funded by China Scholarship Council
  • Visa and passport application fees funded by China Scholarship Council

Specified use

+3/+4 - covering a full postgraduate research programme

Current first-year PGRs are eligible to apply for the general CSC scholarship scheme, though not the joint scheme. If you would like to apply for the general scheme, please contact CSC directly. The University of Manchester will not cover tuition fees in general scheme awards.

Tenable period

3 or 4 years full-time, depending on programme length

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

6 in the Humanities Doctoral Academy

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:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Anthropology, Media and Performance
  • Arab World Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History and Visual Studies
  • Arts Management and Cultural Practices
  • Business and Management
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Criminology
  • Drama
  • East Asian Studies
  • Education
  • English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing
  • French Studies
  • Geography
  • International Development
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Law
  • Linguistics and English Language
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Planning, Property and Environmental Management
  • Politics
  • Religions and Theology
  • Russian and East European Studies
  • Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Statistics
  • Sociology
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies

Academic requirements

You must meet the minimum academic requirements for your preferred programme.

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to students from:

  • China

Other eligibility criteria

  • Candidates must 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.
  • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their studies and/or research.
  • Candidates should satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC. Candidates should refer to the CSC website.

Application procedure

Stage 1:

You must submit your completed online programme application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by 15 January 2024.

Section 9 of the application asks for your funding intentions. Please add a funding source, and populate the fields as below:

  • Type of Funding: Uni of Manchester Scheme
  • Awarding Body (free text): CSC-UoM Joint Scholarship
  • Status of Funding: Intend to Apply

Your programme application must include the above, and contain all necessary supporting documents. If your application does not state your funding intention, you will not be considered.

Stage 2:

You must hold an offer by 16 February 2024. Otherwise, you will not be included in the competition.

Stage 3:

If you are nominated, you must also apply to CSC for funding by completing an  application online  between 10-31 March 2024.

Application form

Additional documentation

Your full online application must include:
  • A PhD research proposal
  • Copies of the academic transcript and certificate from both your Bachelor's and Master's degrees. If your Master's degree is pending, please provide an interim transcript. 
  • An up to date academic CV, detailing your education and qualifications; employment history; publications; and any other relevant information. 
  • You must nominate two academic referees (including one from your most recent institution). Your referees will be contacted directly via the Referee Portal following submission of your application form. You may wish to contact your referees to request they submit your reference in a reasonable timeframe as this forms part of the review process. 
  • English Language evidence (e.g IELTS).  

Selection criteria

  • Academic track record
  • Quality of research proposal 
  • Supervisor research profile

Selection body

The University of Manchester and China Scholarship Council

Closing date

15 Jan 2024

This competition has now closed for 2024 entry.  Deadlines for 2025 entry will be published here in due course.

If nominated, you should submit a CSC funding application directly to CSC between 10-31 March 2024.

Decision date

We expect to communicate the outcome to 2024 nominees in June 2024.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications, as outcomes are determined by several panels across the faculty.

Deferral information

Offers of funding are not deferrable. If you cannot start your programme by the date mentioned in your studentship offer letter, the award will be withdrawn. You are permitted to re-apply in future.

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