Programs in China: Professional

Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program

The Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program promotes research in agricultural development and economic growth that goes toward understanding animal and plant health issues that impede international trade. The program offers opportunities for US teams of up to 5 members to work for 2-week periods at Chinese institutions. Candidates applying to be Principal Investigators (PIs) of their teams must hold a position at a US institution. Minorities, women, and researchers early in their career are especially encouraged to apply.

Agencies Involved: US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program provides short-term Fulbright grants of 2-6 week to US faculty and professionals. Awardees are granted the opportunity to hold discussions with Chinese professionals regarding topics such as curriculum and faculty development and institutional planning, among others. 

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Program

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


The CIEE Teach in China Program offers US citizens the opportunity to travel to China for 1 or 2 semesters to teach English as a second language. Those awarded will teach English for 16-18 hour per week to Chinese students in rural and urban locations. Candidates must have Bachelor's degrees.

Agencies Involved: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Key Dates: Application deadline is November 15 for February departure, or May 1 for August departure


The Organization of American States (OAS)-China Scholarships allows US high school graduates to study at Chinese institutions for periods of up to 2 years. Applicants can choose 1 academic program and 3 institutions as their preferences from the list of OAS-designated Chinese institutions. Candidates must be non-Chinese, must have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate study, and be under the age of 45. Applicants with no command of Chinese are required to take courses in the language for 1 year before enrollment. Scholarship extensions are not permitted.

Agencies Involved: The Organization of American States, Ministry of Education (China)

Key Dates:  Check website for updated information


The Chinese Government Scholarship Program (CGSP) allows US high school graduates to study at Chinese institutions for periods of up to 2 years. Applicants can choose 1 academic program and 3 institutions as their preferences from the list of CGSP-designated Chinese institutions. Candidates must be non-Chinese, must have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate study, and be under the age of 45. Applicants with no command of Chinese are required to take courses in the language for 1 year before enrollment. Scholarship extensions are not permitted.

Agencies Involved: Ministry of Education (China), China Scholarship Council

Key Dates:  Applications are accepted between January and April each year


The Chinese Government Scholarship Program (CGSP) allows US Senior Scholars to study at Chinese institutions for periods of up to 2 years. Applicants can choose 1 academic program and 3 institutions as their preferences from the list of CGSP-designated Chinese institutions. Candidates must be non-Chinese have Master’s degree or above, or hold academic titles of associate professor or above, and be under the age of 50. Applicants with no command of Chinese are required to take courses in the language for 1 year before enrollment. Scholarship extensions are not permitted.

Agencies Involved: Ministry of Education (China), China Scholarship Council

Key Dates:  Applications are accepted between January and April each year


The Luce Scholars Program provides 15-18 individuals each year with the ability to learn more about Asia by traveling and training in Asian languages, among other engagements. Placements are made exclusively in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Candidates must be US citizens with Bachelor’s degree, and must not have reached their 30th birthday by the July 1 of the year they apply for the program. Applications for the program must be endorsed by The Henry Luce Foundation. Direct applications not accepted.

Agencies Involved: The Henry Luce Foundation, The Asia Foundation

Key Dates: Program year begins with orientation in late June, then proceeds with language study in July and August. Placements start that September and run through July of the following year.


The Organization of American States (OAS)-China Scholarships allows US Senior Scholars to study at Chinese institutions for periods of up to 2 years. Applicants can choose 1 academic program and 3 institutions as their preferences from the list of OAS-designated Chinese institutions. Candidates must be non-Chinese have Master’s degree or above, or hold academic titles of associate professor or above, and be under the age of 50. Applicants with no command of Chinese are required to take courses in the language for 1 year before enrollment. Scholarship extensions are not permitted.

Agencies Involved: The Organization of American States, Ministry of Education (China)

Key Dates:  Check website for updated information