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China Scholarship Council (CSC) – Trinity College Dublin Joint Scholarship Programme – Call for Applications

22nd November 2018

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 Ph.D. at Trinity.

Trinity is now inviting applications for the CSC-Trinity College Joint Scholarship Programme for 2019.

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 Ph.D. 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 M.Sc.) to support your application.

Eligibility to apply for the CSC – Trinity College Dublin Joint Scholarship Programme

Applications for the scholarship must be citizens of the Peoples Republic of China. Applications 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.

Applicants should hold an unconditional offer letter for Ph.D. studies from Trinity. Conditional offer letters may be accepted in certain circumstances, but these offers may not be conditional on English language scores.

Documentation Required:

1. For Students:

  • Standard Trinity Ph.D. application
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • University transcripts
  • Two academic references
  • A short research proposal
  • Copy of passport
  • Proof of English language
  • Any other evidence of your academic merit

2. For Staff:

  • Students Application ID number
  • Project proposal (max 2 pages)
  • Academic's CV (max 2 pages)
  • 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 between 9am Monday 11th February and 5pm Monday 8th March 2019 by emailing Kim Boyle, Regional Officer at

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 11th - Friday 15th 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 and 5th April 2019 (Chinese time). Applications should be submitted via this link.

Trinity expects to be contacted by the CSC with the outcome of the competition in early June 2019. Successful candidates should expect to commence their Ph.D. programme on the 1st of September 2019.

Candidates are encouraged to view the CSC website for more information. The following link here will provide candidates with information regarding application.