Students cannot be citizens of the People's Republic of China, and must be enrolled in a doctoral program. Undergraduates, students in terminal Master's programs, and post-doctoral students are not eligible. This award is open to both U.S. and international (non-Chinese) students. Applicants enrolled in U.S. institutions must apply for this award through IIE. Applications from U.S.-based students not submitted through IIE will not be considered for the fellowship. Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in a doctoral program at a U.S. Institution
  • Pursuing research in the arts, education, humanities, and social sciences with a focus on China
  • Are not a citizen of the People's Republic of China
  • Will not be recipients of other Chinese government scholarship funding
  • Will not have spent a significant amount of time in the People's Republic of China during the years of their secondary education

In addition to the above requirements, it is recommended that applicants for the CCSP Fellowship take the HSK and receive a score of 3 or higher. You may register for the exam on the HSK main website, which also provides information on test dates and locations. Your HSK scores should be uploaded into your Embark online application by our deadline of February 12, 2015. Applicants who are unable to receive their scores until after our deadline should plan to submit their scores as soon as possible after they are available. All other components of the application must submitted by the application deadline.

Your application will still be considered and will not be at a disadvantage if you are not able to take the HSK. We will use the Foreign Language Evaluation Report as a substitute to evaluate your Chinese language proficiency.

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The areas of research eligible for this funding are wide ranging. Students may pursue research in Language, Literature and the Arts, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Education, International Relations and Cross Cultural Studies, and Confucius Institute development and management. 

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