Saturday, 22 March 2014

Chinese Government Scholarship/Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Program

The Ministry of Education of China offers scholarship in China for non-Chinese citizens from PIF member countries. The scholarship is offered to pursue degree program (undergraduate, master’s and doctoral) and is also open for general and senior scholars. Full scholarship is offered covering tuition fees and other related expenses and also provides living allowance which varies from courses to courses. The applicants can apply till April 30, 2014.

Study Subject (s): The students can pursue the courses offered at Chinese HEIs. Applicants with no command of Chinese are generally required to take one to two years’ Chinese language course (for undergraduates program applicants, one to two years’ college preparatory courses) prior to the academic study. Only by passing the examinations after the above courses, could they start their academic studies. For those who need to take the Chinese language courses or college preparatory courses, the scholarship duration will be extended automatically.
Course Level: Scholarship is available for undergraduate, master, doctoral and general and senior scholars programs.
Scholarship Provider: Ministry of Education of P. R. China
Scholarship can be taken at: China

-Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens from PIF member countries and be in good health.
- Education background and age limit:
-Applicants for undergraduate studies must have senior high school diploma with good grade and be under the age of 25.
-Applicants for master’s degree studies must have bachelor’s degree and be under the age of 35.
-Applicants for Doctoral degree studies must have master’s degree and be under the age of 40.
-Applicants for Chinese training program must have senior high school diploma and be under the age of 35, Chinese language is the only subject available.
-Applicants for general scholar candidates must have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies and be under the age of 45.
-Applicants for senior scholar candidates must have master’s degree or above, or hold academic titles of associate professor or above, and be under the age of 50.

Scholarship Open for International Students: The non-Chinese citizens from PIF member countries (Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) can apply for the scholarship.

Scholarship Description: China/Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) scholarship program is a full scholarship provided for PIF member countries by the Ministry of Education of P. R. China (hereinafter referred to as MOE). MOE entrusts China Scholarship Council (hereinafter referred to as CSC) to manage the recruitment and carry out the routine management of this scholarship program.

Selection of Institutions and Specialties: Applicants may choose one academic program and three institutions as their preferences from the Chinese HEIs designated by MOE. Please check the Directory of Chinese Higher Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program. Only the listed Chinese HEIs in the Directory are available to the applicants for their study in China.

What does it cover? The scholarship will provide:
-a waiver of fee for registration, tuition, laboratory experiments, internship, and basic textbooks;
-free on-campus dormitory accommodation;
-monthly living allowance;
-one-off settlement subsidy after registration for new students;
-outpatient medical service, Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Protection Scheme for international students in China;
-one-off inter-city travel reimbursement;
-a one-way air ticket (economy class) to China upon registration, and a one-way air ticket (economy class) back from China to their home countries after completion of their studies.

Application Documents: Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship (in Chinese or English)
-Notarized highest diploma (photocopy): Prospective diploma winners must submit official proof of student status by their current school. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations.
-Academic transcripts: Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations.
-A Study Plan or Research Proposal in Chinese or English. (A minimum of 200 words for undergraduates, 500 words for non-degree students, and 800 words for postgraduates.)
-Recommendation letters: Applicants for graduate studies or senior scholar programs must submit two letters of recommendation in Chinese or English from professors or associate professors.
-Applicants for music studies are requested to submit a CD of their own works. Applicants for fine arts programs must submit a CD of their own works which include two sketches, two color paintings and two other works.
-Applicants under the age of 18 should submit the valid documents of their legal guardians in China.
-Applicants planning to stay in China for more than 6 months must submit a photocopy of the Foreigner Physical Examination Form completed in English (the original copy should be kept by the applicant. The physical 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.
-Applicants with Admission Letter from designated universities should enclose the letter in the application package.
-Applicants with valid HSK Certificate should enclose it in the application package.

Approval and Notification: Recommended application documents from the PIF Secretariat will be reviewed by CSC. The applications will be regarded as invalid if the application documents fail to meet the requirements or the applicants are ineligible.
-Qualified applications will be forwarded to universities for recruitment. CSC reserves the right to make necessary adjustments on the university options, specialties, program categories and duration of study. CSC will forward their nominations to universities for recruitment approval. The application enclosed with Admission Letter will be forwarded directly to the host university which granted the Letter.
-Scholarship applicants accepted by Chinese universities will be officially awarded the Chinese Government Scholarship with the approval from CSC. Each applicant can only be granted one scholarship program.
-CSC will send, before July 31st, the List of Scholarship Winners, Admission Letter andVisa Application Form for Study in China (JW201) to the PIF Secretariat, who will forward the documents to the scholarship winners.
-Students are not permitted, in general, to apply to change their specialties, host universities or the duration of study as specified in the Admission Letter once they agree to accept the scholarship.
-If applicants fail to register before the deadline for registration, their scholarship will not be reserved.

How to Apply:
-Applicants consult the PIF Secretariat for the details and requirements of PIF Program and submit the application as required.
-Once recommended by the PIF Secretariat, candidates shall contact the target university for Admission Letter.
-Recommended candidates must finish the online application procedure at CSC Online Application System for International Students. Submit the completed Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship online and print a hard copy.
-A package of complete application documents must be submitted to the PIF Secretariat before the deadline. (Please check Application Documents for the detailed checklist.)
-CSC does not accept any individual application other than the recommended applications from the PIF Secretariat. Candidates with Admission Letter will be placed in the host university; those without Admission Letter should follow CSC’s placement.
Please NOTE applicants should consult the PIF Secretariat for the instructions of CSC Online Application System for International Students and Agency Number.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The applicants should apply to Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat between January and early April each year.

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