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Confucius Institute Scholarship for Students and Teachers of Chinese

2015 Confucius Institute Scholarship
The Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky (UKCI) is pleased to announce both short- and long-term Confucius Institute (CI) Scholarships for non-Chinese citizens.  The CI Headquarters, also called Hanban and located in Beijing, founded this scholarship to provide funding for students, scholars, and non-native Chinese language teachers worldwide to help them further their studies of Chinese. This scholarship also encourages the building of knowledge and understanding of the Chinese language and culture through support of research related to these topics, and to Chinese history, literature, and philosophy. The following is a list of participating Chinese Host Universities for this scholarship: Peking UniversityRenmin University of ChinaBeijing Normal UniversityBeijing Foreign Studies UniversityJilin UniversityShandong University, Nanjing University, Nankai UniversityFudan UniversityEast China Normal UniversitySichuan UniversityXiamen UniversitySun Yat-Sen University, and Beijing Language & Culture University.

Other hosting universities can be found here.

Short-Term Scholarship Options:  

The Four-Week Scholarship is intended for excellent students of Confucius Institute Chinese classes and university students with a priority of language study and supplemental cultural study. Enrollment for this scholarship will last from July to August 2015 for a total of four weeks. Applicants need to take the HSK or BCT exam and submit a score report, with no prior experience of studying in China. Hanban will adjust the arrangements according to applicants’ language level to assign host institutes for their study.    

The Scholarship for One Semester is intended for excelling students from Confucius Institute Chinese language and culture classes and university students, winners of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for college and high school students, non-native Chinese language teachers, excellent college students majoring in Chinese, and outstanding performers on the HSK exam. Scholarship recipients may choose to major in Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History or Chinese Philosophy at their host university. Recipients’ one-semester study will begin in either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 with scholarship support lasting one academic semester. The training target for this scholarship is for HSK level 4 and the HSKK intermediate level. Applicants should score at least 120 on the HSK (level 2) and at least 40 on the HSKK (primary level), or at least 100 on the BCT (A) and at least 120 on the BCT (spoken Chinese).

The Scholarship for One Academic Year is for outstanding students of Confucius Institute Chinese language and culture classes, university students, non-native Chinese language teachers, winners of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for college and high school students, excellent college students majoring in Chinese, outstanding performers on the HSK exam, and those who intend to become Chinese teachers. Scholarship recipients may choose to major in Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History or Chinese Philosophy. Scholarship coverage will begin in Fall 2015 and last one academic year. The training target for this scholarship is for HSK level 5 and the HSKK intermediate level. Applicants should score at least 180 on the HSK (level 3) and at least 60 on the HSKK (primary level), or at least 180 on the BCT (A) and at least 180 on the BCT (spoken Chinese).

Long-Term Scholarship Option

The Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) Scholarship is for students who excel in Confucius Institute Chinese language and culture classes, non-native Chinese language teachers, winners of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for college and high school students, excellent college graduates who majored in Chinese, and outstanding performers on HSK exams. Scholarship recipients shall begin their studies in Fall 2015, with the duration of the scholarship lasting two academic years. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, obtain a score of at least 180 on the HSK (level 5) and a score of at least 50 on the HSKK (intermediate level), or a score of at least 180 on the BCT (B) and at least 260 on the BCT (spoken Chinese). Applicants are required to make a written commitment stating that they will be engaged in Chinese language teaching for at least 5 years following graduation from their master’s program.  Applicants with a specific teaching post arranged will be given priority admission (certification by the institution at which he/she will teach is required). Scholarship recipients who pass the annual assessment with a score of at least 180 on the HSK (level 6) and a score of at least 70 on the HSKK (intermediate level) by the end of the first academic year after admission will be qualified to continue under scholarship support. Hanban will provide support for outstanding graduates to teach in their home countries.

Scholarship Coverage and Criteria 
Scholarship recipients are exempt from tuition and on-campus accommodation fees, and are provided with a monthly living allowance and comprehensive insurance while studying in China. Monthly living allowances are provided at the following rates (CNY Yuan per month):

  • CNY 2,500 for Bachelor’s Degree students, One- Academic -Year students, and One-Semester students
  • CNY 3,000 for Master’s Degree students

Application Process
This scholarship is administered by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), which manages the admission process. The UKCI acts as a recommending institute for applicants from the University of Kentucky. Students who select the UKCI as their recommending Confucius Institute must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Register for and take the appropriate HSK and HSKK exams (see above for specific level needed for each scholarship). Click here for more information about the exams.
  2. Complete the UKCI application form
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation to Kathryn Todd (k.todd@uky.edu). At least one letter of reference must come from your (UK or Confucius Institute) Chinese language instructor. Deadline to submit letters: Friday, April 17, 2015

Once applicants receive an email from the UKCI clearing them to continue in the CI Scholarship application process, they will need to complete the following steps as discussed further on the Hanban CI Scholarship website:

  • Log on to the Hanban CI Scholarship homepage and register for a CI Scholarship ID
  • Applicants will then receive their ID by email and can log in through the Hanban CI Scholarship homepage to begin the application process
  • After logging in using their ID, applicants should read the information provided in each of the tabs at the top of the screen, as well as the information on the Hanban CI Scholarship website regarding the host institutes and majors
  • Applicants then need to complete and submit the CI Scholarship Application Form on the Scholarship website. Applicants from UK will need to be sure and indicate the UKCI as the recommending institute in the online application form. Applicants will also need to attach the electronic files of the following materials to their online application (Deadline to complete and submit the application: May 10, 2015):

    • Photocopy of passport photo page
    • Photocopies of the required HSK, HSKK, or BCT written and oral score reports for the desired scholarship
    • Notarized diploma of highest education level attained (scheduled graduation proof or official proof of student status)
    • Reference letter(s) (including the UCKI recommendation letter) and letter of commitment, if necessary, to teach for 5 years following graduation. MTSCOL Scholarship applicants are required to submit two reference letters from professors or associate professors (in Chinese or English) and a written commitment stating that the applicant will be engaged in Chinese language teaching for at least 5 years after graduation (written in Chinese and signed). 
    • Winners from the finals of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions held in China for college and high school students shall submit the certificate of scholarship. Winners of preliminary rounds of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions in their countries shall submit award proof and a reference letter from the Chinese Embassy (or Consulate) in the competition area.
    • Chinese language teachers shall submit proof of the length of time they have taught and weekly teaching hours provided by the institutes they work for.
    • Other materials required by the applicants’ selected Chinese Host University
    • In addition to submitting the application and required materials online, applicants will also need to submit the application and materials in hard copy as a package to Kathryn Todd at the UKCI, which is located on the first floor of Bradley Hall.                                                        

Application Review Process
1.   The UKCI will examine all application materials for each CI Scholarship applicant and
      submit a list of recommended applicants to Hanban by May 20th, 2015.
 
2.   Chinese host institutes will also review applications and submit a proposed enrollment list of
      qualified candidates to Hanban by May 31st, 2015.
 
3.   Hanban will then organize an expert panel to make the final selections and publish the list
      of successful applicants on the Scholarship website by June 15th, 2015.
 
4.   Hanban will also inform the host institutes and the UKCI of those accepted, and we as the
      recommending institute will then inform the applicants.
 
5.   The Chinese host institutes will post an admission letter, enrollment instructions, the “Visa
      Application Form for Foreigners to Study in China” (JW202 Form) and other related
      materials to successful applicants through their recommending institutions (the UKCI for UK
      students).
 
6.   For more information on the review process, please click here.
 
Contact Information:
Division of Scholarships, Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban
Address: 129, Deshengmenwai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100088
Fax: +86-10-58595727
Email: scholarships@hanban.org
CI Scholarship website: http://cis.chinese.cn
HSK and HSKK website: http://www.chinesetest.cn

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, UK students must take the HSK testing. Click here for more information about HSK testing.