China Scholarship Council
Doctoral applicants admitted to the Graduate School typically receive full funding; Chinese citizens may also benefit from Notre Dame’s relationship with the China Scholarship Council (CSC). If you wish to be considered for additional funding through the CSC, you will be able to notify us through the online application before you formally submit.
What Is the China Scholarship Council?
The CSC is a non-profit institution with legal person status affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education.
The objective of the CSC is to provide, in accordance with the law, statutes, and relevant principles and policies of China, financial assistance to Chinese citizens wishing to study abroad and to foreign citizens wishing to study in China in order to develop the educational, scientific, technological, and cultural exchanges; to build economic and trade cooperation between China and other countries; to strengthen the friendship and understanding between the Chinese people and the people of all other countries; and to promote world peace and the socialist modernization drive in China.
The CSC is financed mainly by the State’s special appropriations for scholarship programs. The CSC also accepts personal donations and contributions from enterprises, social organizations, and other organizations at home and abroad.
Notre Dame Chinese Student and Scholar Association
The Notre Dame Chinese Students & Scholars Association (NDCSSA) was founded in 1991 with support from the Consulate General of China in Chicago and Notre Dame International Student Services & Activities (ISSA). It is a non-profit and non-political organization open to all Chinese students and scholars at the University of Notre Dame. The largest foreign students’ and scholars’ club at the University of Notre Dame, the NDCSSA currently hosts more than 400 members.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for the ND-CSC Joint Scholarship?
Applicants who meet the residency, academic status, and endorsement requirements may apply for this scholarship.
- Residency: Citizens of China (excluding Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) who do not have permanent immigration status in any country other than China.
- Academic Status: Must have an application in progress to a Notre Dame PhD program or be enrolled in the first year of a Notre Dame PhD program.
- Organizational Affiliation: The applicant must be employed by a domestic business, public institution, government agency, or scientific institution in China; or enrolled in a university anywhere.
Are students funded by the CSC required to return to China?
Yes. Students receiving the CSC scholarship are required to return to China for two years upon graduation. An agreement will be signed between the student and CSC, with their home university in China as guarantor before the student goes abroad. Students will need to work in China for two years after completion of their course of study and graduation from the host university (Notre Dame).
Can I delay my return date?
Yes, upon approval by the CSC, graduates who have been awarded a postdoctoral appointment may delay their return for up to two years.
Can Notre Dame offer a fellowship to a current ND graduate student from China?
Yes. Current students at Notre Dame can apply for the CSC scholarship through the Chinese consulate in Chicago if they are currently enrolled in the final year of a master’s program, or if they are enrolled in the first year of a doctoral program.
Are there any CSC restrictions regarding a scholarship recipient’s program of study?
No. Eligible applicants to any Notre Dame doctoral program can apply for CSC funding.
What is the application process like?
Applicants must complete the application for CSC funding between March 20 and April 5. Please refer to the CSC website for the required application materials for overseas applicants or domestic applicants.
An introduction to CSC-ND scholarship can be found at http://www.csc.edu.cn/require/ (in Chinese) by selecting “USA” and “PhD student.”
When will CSC notify students of the award?
Students should log in to their CSC account at the end of May to review the results. CSC will not send email notifications to applicants.
How much is the CSC funding?
CSC funding is $1,600 per month (for four years) during the period the student resides within the US. If the student is away from the US for more than one month, he/she needs to report to the Chicago consulate to determine whether or not the stipend for that month can be provided. The amount will remain the same in the near future.
Are Notre Dame departments and faculty obligated to provide funding in addition to the CSC scholarship?
No. It is up to the departments or faculty to decide whether or not to provide additional funding to students.
Will the spots not filled in one year roll over to the next year?
No. The funding supports up to 20 scholarships each year.
What is the deadline to accept or decline an offer of admission to Notre Dame?
Most schools, including Notre Dame, are bound by the CGS Agreement, which states that applicants have until April 15 to respond to an admission offer with funding. If you change your mind after April 15 the agreement explains what you need to do to be able to accept a different offer. We will leave your offer open after the 15th of April since we know that CSC will not respond until late May.
Is there anything I should pay particular attention to during my application for CSC funding?
Yes. Please indicate on your application that you are applying for the “China Scholarship Council – The University of Notre Dame Joint Scholarship Program.”
The application must be completed by April 5. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
Whom should students contact at CSC for more details?
Please refer first to the list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) for applicants on the CSC website (in Chinese).
If you have additional questions for CSC, please contact:
Division of American and Oceanian Affairs
China Scholarship Council
A3 Building, No. 9
P. R. China
Whom should students contact at Notre Dame if they have further questions about the ND-CSC Joint Scholarship Program?
Advisor for Asia Programs
100 Main Building
University of Notre Dame
Nyree McDonald, Ph.D
Associate Dean for Admissions and Recruitment
502F Main Building
University of Notre Dame