Confucius China studies



In order to foster deep understanding of China and the Chinese culture among young generations from around the world, enable the prosperous growth of China studies, promote the sustainable development of Confucius Institutes, and enhance the friendly relationship between China and the people of other countries, the Confucius Institute Headquarters has set up the "Confucius China Studies Program".


The Program consists of six subprograms in the academic areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Joint Ph.D. Fellowship Support doctoral students (candidates) registered with foreign universities to come to China for study, research and writing of their doctoral dissertations. Students who successfully complete the program may receive Ph.D. degrees either from the foreign universities they registered or from both the Chinese and the foreign universities.
  • Ph.D. in China Fellowship Support foreign students to pursue full-time Ph.D. degrees in the humanities and social sciences at Chinese universities.
  • "Understanding China" Fellowship This fellowship consists of the following three categories:
    1. "Understanding China" Visiting Scholar to China This program serves to support teachers, researchers, postdoctoral scholars with the credential of assistant professor (or equivalent) and above from foreign universities and academic institutes to undertake research with Chinese researchers in China. Applicants shall be non-Chinese citizens.
    2. "Understanding China" Short-term Visit: The "Understanding China" Short-term Visit program serves to support senior officials from government, education and culture, non-governmental organizations and business.
    3. "Understanding China" Chinese Visiting Scholar: This program serves to support Chinese senior scholars to give credit courses on Chinese economics, business, finance, law, and culture etc. in foreign universities; scholars shall give lectures at Confucius Institutes in the host country or neighboring countries.
  • Young Leaders Fellowship 1) Support outstanding youths who have been awarded at least a Bachelor's Degree and hold a certain position in the field of politics, economics, finance, law, education, culture, arts, and media to visit China; 2) There are two ways in applying for the grant: (1) a plan will be made by the Headquarters and published at due time through and, applicants can apply accordingly; (2) applicants can make their own visit plan and submit it to the Headquarters; 3) Support senior undergraduates or graduates holding a position in students' associations at foreign universities to visit China.
  • International Conference Grant The International Conference Grant is aimed at supporting Confucius Institutes, universities, research institutes, and scholars to hold or attend international academic conferences on Sinology and/or China Studies.
  • Publication Grant Publication Grant supports foreign scholars to publish or translate relevant monographs, doctoral dissertations, or founding relevant academic journals on Sinology and/or China Studies. The leading applicant must be non-Chinese citizen.