Graduate Student Exchange Programs in China

Scholarships for Graduate Students

The Chinese Government Scholarship Program (CGSP) allows graduate students at the US Master’s degree candidates to study at Chinese institutions for periods of 2-5 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 with Bachelor’s degrees, and under the age of 35. Applicants with no command of Chinese are required to take courses in the language for 1-2 years 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 graduate students who are US Doctoral degree candidates to study at Chinese institutions for periods of 3-6 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 with Master’s degrees, and under the age of 40. Applicants with no command of Chinese are required to take courses in the language for 1-2 years 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 graduate students at the US Master’s degree candidates to study at Chinese institutions for periods of 2-5 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 with Bachelor’s degrees, and under the age of 35. Applicants with no command of Chinese are required to take courses in the language for 1-2 years 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 Organization of American States (OAS)-China Scholarships allows graduate students who are US Doctoral degree candidates to study at Chinese institutions for periods of 3-6 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 with Master’s degrees, and under the age of 40. Applicants with no command of Chinese are required to take courses in the language for 1-2 years 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 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


Fellowship Programs for Graduate Students

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