China Scholarship Council (CSC) – Trinity College Dublin Joint Scholarship Programme
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin and the China Scholarship Council affiliated with the Ministry of Education in China are offering a number of scholarships to Chinese students who wish to pursue a PhD at Trinity.
Trinity is now inviting applications for the CSC-Trinity College Dublin Joint Scholarship Programme for 2020.
The Global Relations Office are happy to support interested students with their application.
Each scholarship will include a full fee-waiver from Trinity, and a stipend for living costs, airfare and health insurance, provided by the CSC (bench fees are not included).
How to Apply
Find a potential Academic Supervisor
Visit the webpage of the School in which you wish to conduct your research and identify an area of research in which you are interested.
Contact your potential Academic Supervisor outlining your research proposal – remember that this is a competitive process so your email should demonstrate your interest in the research area and any relevant experience that you have to date.
If the academic staff member is willing to support your application for a PhD position, he/she will direct you to the School's online application page.
It may be necessary to provide further details of academic modules you have taken (degree or MSc) to support your application.
Eligibility to apply for the CSC-Trinity College Dublin Joint Scholarship Programme
Applicants for the scholarship must be citizens of the Peoples Republic of China (excluding Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan).
Applicants must have already enrolled as a full-time master degree student at a university in China. Bachelor's degree students who are in their last year wishing to pursue master-doctor combined program can also apply if they have got an unconditional offer letter/letter of invitation combining master and doctoral study.
Those who work as an employee at higher education institutions/scientific research institutions/administrative organizations/enterprises in China and have earned a Master's-level degree before applying are eligible.
Applicants do not have to be resident in China but instead can apply through their nearest Chinese Embassy – please confirm this is the case with your embassy.
Only those who are in their last year of the Master studies and those who are in the first year of their PhD studies are eligible to apply. Master's degree students wishing to pursue doctoral study can also apply if they have got an unconditional offer letter/letter of invitation (no more than 1 year after the award of the Master's degree and not returning to China during this period).
Applicants should hold an unconditional offer letter for PhD studies from Trinity. Conditional offer letters may be accepted in certain circumstances, but these offers may not be conditional on English language scores.
This policy is subject to change and is at the discretion of the CSC.
1. (For Students): Standard Trinity PhD application
a) A detailed curriculum vitae
b) University transcripts
c) Two academic references
d) A short research proposal
e) Copy of passport
f) Proof of English language
g) Any other evidence of your academic merit
2. (For Academics):
a) Cover – for format, please email email@example.com (the PI should highlight on SITS that the student intends to apply for the CSC scholarship)
b) Project proposal (max 2 pages)
c) Academic's CV (max 2 pages)
d) Global Impact Statement – Outlining why the proposed research project and the applicant are of global importance to Trinity College (max 1 page)
Documents outlined in part 2 above will be accepted by the Global Relations Office until Friday 6th March 2020 by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that:
This is a two part application process. Students must first complete Trinity's standard application process before progressing to the specific CSC application process.
Once received, all applications will be reviewed by a Trinity multi-disciplinary committee in the week of Monday 9th - Friday 14th March.
Successful candidates will be notified and invited to complete their CSC application via the CSC website.
Proposed supervisors will also be notified with the outcome of the review.
Candidates must also meet the criteria set out by the CSC, and must apply online to the CSC between 20th March to 31st March 2020. Applications should be submitted via the following link.
Trinity expects to be contacted by the CSC with the outcome of the competition in early June 2020. Successful candidates should expect to commence their PhD programme on the 1st of September 2020.
Candidates are encouraged to view the CSC website for more information. The following link here will provide candidates with information regarding application.
If students want to apply for joint PhD study at Trinity, applicants should have already enrolled as a PhD student at a university in China. These applicants are required to be nominated by their own universities.
Postgraduate students who intend to apply for the Chinese Scholarship Council as a visiting scholar (6-24 months) are encouraged to:
Visit the webpage of the school in which you wish to conduct your research and identify an area of research in which you are interested.
Contact a potential Academic Supervisor outlining your research proposal – remember that this is a competitive process, so your email should demonstrate your interest in the research area and any relevant experience that you have to date. If the academic staff member is willing to support your visiting scholar position (6-24 months) he/she will provide you with a letter of support for your application to the CSC.
Please note: you must be registered as a PhD student in a Chinese university and completing a relevant research project to your proposed supervisors research to be considered by the CSC for visiting scholar funding.
Academics who intend to support visiting student scholar applications or currently have a visiting CSC scholar in their research group are encouraged to contact email@example.com.