China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship

The CSC Scholarship is a joint scholarship Programme for Chinese PhD students, who will take a full PhD at Leiden University and for PhD researchers who will visit Leiden University for research purposes.

For whom?

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

Which programmes

All programmes can be applied for, as long as the department/faculty/graduate school you are applying to is willing to waive the tuition fee and research fees.
Please note that priority will be given to the following research areas:

  • Law
  • Social and Behavioural 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)
  • Medice

PhD proposals

Leiden University publishes a number of PhD proposals for students who have obtained a master’s degree and seek to study further in a PhD programme.

See for more information the website of CSC.

Starting date

From June 2016

Please be informed that there will be only one application round in 2016.


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 China Scholarship Council. The Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange will book the tickets before the departure from Beijing. The Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands will book the return tickets.


  • Applicants are citizens of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application.
  • Applicants for a full PhD programme must have a master’s degree and must 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's degree.
  • Applicants must hold an acceptance letter (standard format) from Leiden University. 
  • Applicants should satisfy the CSC selection criteria by completing the CSC Application Form and the CSC Employer Reference Form.
  • CSC scholars 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 four years of research and consists of independent and original research under the supervision of a professor.
More about finding a supervisor

Not applicable


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

Not applicable


Acceptance letter
Ask your supervisor to write you an acceptance letter, 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/supervisor and printed on Leiden University letterhead paper.

March 13, 2016


Copy acceptance letter
You will receive the signed acceptance letter by scanned email via your supervisor. A copy will be sent to the Scholarships Department by your supervisor.

March 20, 2016


Apply for the CSC scholarship
Apply for the CSC scholarship.
An essential document for the application is the acceptance letter mentioned under step 4. Please visit the CSC website for the additional documents that you need for the scholarship application.

Between March 20, and April 5, 2016


List of suitable candidates
The Scholarships Department will provide the China Scholarship Council with a list of Leiden University suitable candidates to be considered for the scholarship programme.

March 20, 2016


The decision on the scholarship application will be communicated by the China Scholarship Council directly to the student and to the Scholarships Department.

 End of May 2016


Practical arrangements
All practical arrangements relatied to the arrival and stay of the selected candidates (such as visa, accommodation, work space etc.) 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

If you have any questions, you can contact:  
- the Scholarships Department (
- Website China Scholarschip Council (English)
- Website China Scholarschip Council (Chinese)

Last Modified: 01-02-2016