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Confucius Institute Scholarship

Recruitment Procedures for Confucius Institute Scholarship

In order to support the development of Confucius Institutes, facilitate Chinese language promotion and Chinese cultural transmission in the world, cultivate qualified Chinese language teachers and talented students of Chinese language, Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban (hereinafter referred to as Hanban) launches the Confucius Institute Scholarship program to provide financial aid for students, scholars and Chinese language teachers worldwide to proceed to a Master's degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) in Chinese universities (hereinafter referred to as "host institutes"), or study in such majors as Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese Philosophy.

I. Scholarship Category and Application Requirement

The category of Confucius Institute scholarship includes the Scholarship for Students of a Master's Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages(MTCSOL), Scholarship for students of One-Academic-Year + MTCSOL), Scholarship for One-Academic-Year students, and Scholarship for One-Semester students.

Applicants shall be non-Chinese citizens in good health, aged between 16 and 35 (Chinese language teachers in post shall be aged below 45).

1. Scholarship for students of MTCSOL

The scholarship is provided to outstanding students of Confucius Institutes (classrooms), overseas local Chinese language teachers, outstanding performers on HSK exams, winners of the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competitions for foreign college students and for foreign high
school students, and outstanding graduates of Chinese language across the world for taking the MTCSOL degree.

The scholarship winner shall begin the study in autumn 2013, and the grant will cover two academic years. Applicants are required to have bachelor degrees or its equivalent with a score of at least 180 on the HSK (level 5) and a score of at least 50 on the HSKK (intermediate level), and make a written commitment stating that he/she will be engaged in Chinese language teaching for at least five years after graduation.

Applicants with specific teaching posts arranged will be given admission priority (certification by the institution he/she will teach for is required). Hanban will provide support for outstanding graduates to return to their countries to teach.

2. Scholarship for students of One-Academic-Year + MTCSOL

The scholarship is provided to Confucius Institute students from Africa and Latin America regions who would like to engage in the Chinese language teaching.

Applicants shall sign agreements with the Confucius Institute or institutes to which they will be providing teaching services and are required to have bachelor degrees or its equivalent with a score of at least 180 on the HSK (level 3) and a score of at least 60 on the HSKK
(primary level).

Those who pass the first-academic-year assessment and score at least 180 on the HSK (level 5) can continue to study in China for the MTCSOL.

Hanban will provide support for graduates returning to their countries to teach Chinese language by recruiting them as local teachers and
providing wage subsidies, etc.

3. Scholarship for One-Academic Year Students

The scholarship is provided to outstanding students of Confucius Institutes (classrooms), winners of the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competitions for foreign college students and for foreign high school students, overseas local Chinese language teachers, outstanding graduates of Chinese language across the world, and outstanding performers on the HSK, or those who intend to become Chinese teachers.

The scholarship winner may choose to study majors including Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese
Philosophy.

The time of entrance is autumn 2013 and the grant term is one academic year. Applicants should achieve a score of at least 180 on the HSK (level 3) and at least 60 on the HSKK (primary level), or complete their study at a Confucius Institute for over 120 hours.

4. Scholarship for One-Semester Students

The Scholarship is provided to outstanding students of Confucius Institutes (classrooms), winners of the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competitions for foreign college students and for foreign high school students, overseas local Chinese language teachers, outstanding graduates of Chinese language across the world, and outstanding performers on the HSK.

The scholarship winner may choose to study majors including Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese Philosophy.

The time of entrance is autumn 2013 or spring 2014 and the grant term is one semester. Applicants should achieve a score of at least 120 on the HSK (level 2) and at least 40 on the HSKK (elementary level), or complete their study at a Confucius Institute for over 60 hours.

Applicants with HSK and HSKK scores will be given priority to all categories of scholarships. Winners of the finals of the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competitions for foreign college students and for foreign high school students in China shall arrange their applications in accordance with the prize specifications Repetitive applications are invalid.

II. Scholarship Coverage and Criteria

Scholarship winners are exempt from registration fees, tuition, fees for basic learning materials, accommodation fees on campus, and are provided with a one-off resettlement subsidy, monthly allowance, outpatient medical service and comprehensive insurance for foreign students studying in China. Monthly allowances are at the following rates (CNY Yuan per month):

  • CNY 1,400 for One-Academic-Year Students and One-Semester Students.
  • CNY 1,700 for Master's Degree Students.

The one-off resettlement subsidy is CNY 1,500 for students who will study in China for one academic year or more; CNY 1,000 will be provided to all students who studies in China for one semester; the one-off resettlement subsidy will not be provided to those who have studied in China for more than half a year before being enrolled.

III. Recruitment Procedures

  1. From the issue date of the procedures, applicants should log on to the Confucius Institute Scholarship website at http://cis.chinese.cn, set up an individual account, read information and introduction of host institutes and majors, complete and submit the Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Form online.
  2. Confucius Institutes (independently set-up Confucius classrooms), overseas Chinese test centres, educational and cultural offices (sections) of Chinese embassies (consulates), host institutes and institutions of higher education in those countries with no Confucius Institutes are entrusted by Confucius Institute Headquarters to accept applications, select and recommend eligible candidates for the scholarship.
  3. Host institutes are responsible for reviewing the qualification of applicants and submitting the proposed enrolment name list of qualified candidates to Hanban by May 25, 2013.
  4. Confucius Institute Headquarters will organise an expert panel to make the final selection, and publish the name list of successful applicants on the Scholarship website by June 15, 2013. Hanban will also inform the host institutes and the recommending institutions.
  5. The host institutes will post "Admission Notice", "Enrolment Instructions", "Visa Application Form for Foreigners to Study in China" (JW202 Form) and other related materials to successful applicants through their recommending institutions.

IV. Application Documents

Applicants must log onto the Scholarship website, fill out the "Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Form", and attach the electronic files of the following materials:

  1. Photocopy of passport photo page
  2. Photocopy of HSK and HSKK Result Report
  3. Notarised highest education diplomas attained or proof of study
  4. Reference letter and Letter of Commitment. Students attending Chinese language programs of universities in countries with no Confucius Institutes established shall attach a reference letter signed and issued by the university President. The Master's Degree Scholarship applicants are required to submit reference letters provided by two professors or associate professors (in Chinese or English). A written commitment stating that the applicant will be engaged in Chinese language teaching for at least five years after graduation (written in Chinese and sign with signature).
  5. Applicants under the age of 18 shall submit relevant legal documents of entrusted legal guardians in China.
  6. Winners of the finals of the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competitions for foreign college students and for foreign high school students in China shall submit the scholarship certificate. Winners of preliminary rounds of the"Chinese Bridge" Proficiency Competitions in their countries shall provide award proof and reference letter provided by the organisers.
  7. Chinese language teachers shall submit certificate of employment and recommendation letters provided by institutes they work for.
  8. Those applying for the Scholarship for Students of One Academic-Year + Master's Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages are required to provide the agreement signed with the Confucius Institute or the institute which they will be working for.
  9. Other materials required by host institutes.

V. Entrance and Annual Appraisal

  1. The scholarship winners shall register at the host institutes before the deadline set by the institutes. Scholarships will not be kept for those who do not register on time without reasonable cause.
  2. Scholarships will be cancelled for those who cannot pass the health examination.
  3. Students for a Master's Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) shall be subject to an annual appraisal organised by the host institutes before the end of the first school year after being enrolled according to the "Annual Appraisal Procedures for Confucius Institute Scholarship". Only the eligible students are entitled to continue to receive the Scholarships in the following year.

VI. Contact Information

Division of Testing and Scholarship, Confucius Institute
Headquarters / Hanban
Address: 129, Deshengmenwai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing,100088.
F: +86-10-58595937  
E: scholarships@hanban.org
Confucius Institute Scholarship Website: http://cis.chinese.cn
HSK and HSKK Website: http://www.chinesetest.cn
If you have any problems in application, please contact the Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University on 61 8 8946 6606 or E: donghe.liu@cdu.edu.au