China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship

Joint scholarship Program for Chinese PhD students, who will take a full PhD study and for visiting PhD researchers at Leiden University.

For whom?

Chinese PhD students, who will take a full PhD study and for visiting PhD researchers at Leiden University.

Which programmes

All programs can be applied for, as long as the department/faculty/graduate school you’re applying to is willing to waive all tuition fees and research fees.
Priority will be given to the following areas of study:

  • Law
  • Social Science
  • Archaeology
  • Humanities (including Linguistics, Art History & Literary Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy, World Religions)
  • Science (including Mathematics, Computer Science, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Drug Research, Biology, Environmental Sciences)
  • Medical Sciences.

Starting date

From June 2014

Please be informed that there will be only one round scholarship application period.


Maximum of 48 months for a full PhD study at Leiden University.

6 – 12 months for a visiting PhD researcher at Leiden University.

Scholarship Amount

  • Exemption from registration fee, tuition fee, research fee
  • Living allowance of € 1200 per month (including health insurance)
  • International airfare
The living allowances will be paid via CSC. Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange will book the tickets before the departure from Beijing, and the Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands will book the return tickets.


  • Candidates will be citizens of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application.
  • Applicants for doctoral degree program must have master’s degree and be under the age of 35.
  • The relevant academic entry requirements must be fulfilled, including a high level of English language proficiency and a Master degree.
  • Candidates must hold an acceptance letter (standard format) from Leiden University.
  • Candidates should satisfy the CSC selection criteria by completing the CSC Application Form and the CSC Employer Reference Form.
  • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their research.

How to apply?

Application procedure for an acceptance letter of Leiden University.





Find a supervisor
A PhD at Leiden takes about four years of study and consists of independent and original research under the supervision of a professor.
More about finding a supervisor

Not applicable


Contact the Graduate school
Leiden University PhD programmes are focused within local Graduate Schools. For admission procedures please contact the relevant Graduate School.

Not applicable


Acceptance letter
Ask the supervisor to write you an acceptance letter, by using the acceptance letter format full PhD study (Word-file) or acceptance letter format visiting PhD researcher (word-file)
The letter must be signed by your promotor or supervisor and printed on Leiden University letterhead paper.

March 13, 2014


Copy acceptance letter
You will receive the signed acceptance letter by scanned email via your supervisor. A copy will be sent to the scholarship dept. of Student Educational Affairs via the supervisor.

March 20, 2014


Apply for the CSC scholarship
An essential document for the application is the acceptance letter mentioned under step 4. Please see the CSC website for the additional documents needed for the scholarship application.
Apply for the CSC scholarship

Between March 20, and April 5, 2014


List of suitable candidates
The scholarship dept. of Student Educational Affairs will provide the CSC with a list of Leiden University suitable candidates to be considered for the scholarship programme.

March 20, 2014


The decision on the scholarship application will be communicated by CSC directly to the student and to the scholarship department of Student Educational Affairs

 End of May 2014


Practical arrangements
All practical issues relating to the arrival and stay of the selected CSC-Leiden University PhD candidate (such as visa, accommodation, work space and such) are the responsibility of the PHD candidate, the Leiden University supervisor and the Leiden University Faculty/Department/Institute/Graduate School contact person.

Not applicable

More information

Sent an email to scholarship dept. of Student Educational Affairs

Website China Scholarschip Council (English)
Website China Scholarschip Council (Chinese)

Last Modified: 09-12-2013