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2017 Confucius Institute Scholarship

The Confucius Institute Scholarship program was established by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in order to encourage students and Chinese language teachers all over the world to study Chinese or conduct research regarding Chinese language and culture in China.

This scholarship is administered by Confucius Institute Headquarters, which manages the admission process. The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota (CIUMN) acts as a recommending institute for applicants from Minnesota and is currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 application cycle.

The details of the scholarship are provided below in English. All information provided below are provided by the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Nomination and Application Process

Students who select the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota as the recommending Confucius Institute must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Confirm you eligibility by submitting proof to the Confucius Institute that you have taken the HSK and HSKK within the last two years and have passing scores.
  2. Submit two letters of recommendation the Confucius Institute. One letter of reference must come from your Chinese language instructor. Recommendations can be submitted via email by the recommender or sent to the Confucius Institute via postal mail.
  3. Submit a 3-4 page double spaced personal statement answering the following questions:
    1. Why are you applying to the Confucius Institute Scholarship?
    2. What scholarship category are you applying for the 2017-2018 cycle and why?
    3. What university do you wish to attend and why have you selected this institution?
    4. What do you plan to do after your completion of a year abroad? How will this experience benefit your future career/goals?
  4. Start your Confucius Institute Scholarship online application via the centra lscholarship website. Select the Confucius Insitute at the University of Minnesota as your "Recommending Institution." You application will be endorsed at a later time if you are notminated.

    All application documents (1-3) should be submitted to the Confucius Institute via email by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017.

    Scholarship Nomination and Award Conditions

    Applications will be reviewed by CIUMN scholarship committee 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. Selected students will recieve a letter of nomination. After student nominee has accepted nomination, their online application will be endorsed by the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota.

    Please note that the Confucius Institute Scholarship awards are contingent up final approval by the Hanban headquaters and admission to a university.

Scholarship Categories and Eligibility Criteria

The scholarships for the 2017 application cycle include 6 categories:

  1. Scholarship for students of Master's degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL)
  2. Scholarship for one-academic year + MTCSOL students
  3. Scholarship for Bachelor's degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages
  4. Scholarship for one-academic year students
  5. Scholarship for one-semester students

The Confucius Institute Scholarship is open to applicants who hold a non-Chinese citizenship, aged between 16 and 35, and in good health. (Applicant who is currently working in a Chinese language teaching position shall not exceed the age limit of 45. Undergraduate student shall not exceed the age limit of 20).

“Chinese Bridge” (Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students) Winners who have been awarded the 2017 “Confucius Institute Scholarship Certificate” can apply for admission according to the scholarship specified in their certificate.

Scholarship for Master's degree in MTCSOL:
This category provides a sponsorship for 2 academic years. Applicant should own abachelor’s degree or its equivalent, a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 5), and a minimum score of 50 in HSKK Test (Intermediate Level). Applicant who is able to provide the employment agreement or certification upon finishing the study from designated working institutions is preferred.

Scholarship for one-academic year + MTCSOL:
This category provides a sponsorship for 3 academic years. Applicant should provide the employment agreement from a designated Confucius Institute or a prospective working institution. Applicant should hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 3), and a minimum score of 60 in HSKK Test (Beginner Level).

Scholarship for Bachelor's degree in BTCSOL:
This category provides a sponsorship for 4 academic years. Applicant should hold a high school diploma or above, a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 3), and a minimum score of 40 in HSKK Test (Intermediate Level).

Scholarship for one-academic year:
This category provides a sponsorship for 11 months. Application is open to Confucius Institute (Classroom) students, overseas Chinese language teachers, Chinese language major students and excellent performers in HSK test. International students who are now studying in China are not eligible for the scholarship. Applicant should have a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 3), and 60 in HSKK test (Beginner Level). Alternatively, applicant should hold a minimum score of 180 in BCT (A) , and a minimum score of 180 BCT (Speaking).

Scholarship for one-semester:
This category provides a sponsorship for 5 months. Applicant should have no prior experience of studying in China, but have a minimum score of 120 in HSK Test (Level 2), and a minimum score of 40 in HSKK (Beginner Level). Alternatively, applicant should have a minimum score of 100 in BCT (A), and a minimum score of 120 in BCT (Speaking).

Scholarship Host Institutes and Admissions Timeline

This year, 150 Chinese universities are entrusted as the host institutions for scholarship recipients. These institutions provide various subjects including Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages, Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, Chinese Philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Music, Chinese Dance, etc. For more detailed information of the host institutions, please find the list on the Confucius Institute Scholarship website.

Admission for students of MTCSOL, one-academic year study + MTCSOL, BTCSOL, one-academic year study, and one-semester study will being their program on either September 10, 2017 or March 1, 2018.

Scholarship Coverage and Criteria

The Confucius Institute Scholarship provides full coverage for: tuition, accommodation (room and board), living allowance and comprehensive medical insurance expenses.Tuition fee is under the overall planning and utilization of host institutions to provide teaching, management, Chinese language proficiency tests (HSK/HSKK), and cultural and social activities for scholarship holders.    

Accommodation fee is under the overall planning and utilization of host institutions which should provide scholarship holders with free dormitory rooms (usually double rooms). For those who live off campus with the permission of host institutions are entitled to accommodation allowance from host institutions on by month or by quarter. The allowance criteria are RMB700 per person on monthly basis.

Living allowance is granted by the host institutions on monthly basis. The allowance criteria per person are:

Enrollment status is based on semesters of host institutions. Students who are enrolled before the 15th (or on the 15th) of the admission month, are entitled to the full allowance of that month. Students, who are enrolled after the 15th of that month, are only entitled to half of the allowance.

The living allowance for the month of graduation will be granted half a month later upon confirming the graduation status by host institutions. During the study, for any students who is absent from China of personal reasons for more than 15 days (excluding legal holidays), the allowance will be suspended during absence. Allowance will be terminated in case of schooling suspension or dropping out for personal reasons.

The degree scholarship program applicants (Category 1, 2, 3) are subject to annual academic performance review. Only those who achieve outstanding records in academic and Chinese language proficiency are entitled to a full scholarship for the following year; those who achieve average academic records are entitled to partial scholarships; the others will not be entitled to scholarship any longer. Partial scholarships consist of tuition fee, accommodation fee and comprehensive medical insurance. The One-Academic-Year Study and One-Semester Study programmers is required to attend Chinese language proficiency test before graduation. Test fee is reimbursed by host institutions.


Application Documents for Nominees

Nominated appplicants should log onto the Confucius Insitute Scholarship website, complete the “Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Form,” and attach the electronic files of the following materials:

I. For all applicants

  1. Scanned copy of the passport photo page. Applicants under the age of 18 shall submit relevant documents of entrusted legal guardians in China.

  2. Score reports of the HSK, HSKK or BCT, BCT (Speaking). Winners of the finals of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions may submit the award certificate and the “Confucius Institute Scholarship Certificate."

  3. Recommendation letter signed by the head of the recommending institutions (please provide objective comments on the applicant, including whether the applicant is a student of Confucius Institute or other identity. Chinese language teachers shall submit an employment verification letter and a reference letter provided by the institutes they work for.)

II. For degree scholarship program applicant

  1. Certification of the highest education diploma (or proof of expected graduation), and an official transcript.

  2. Applicants of the Scholarship for MTCSOL Students and Scholarship for “1-Academic-Year Study + MTCSOL” students are required to provide 2 reference letters from professors or associate professors. Those who can provide an employment agreement or related documents with the designated teaching institution are preferred.

Contact Information

Dr. Yongling Zhang-Gorke
Assistant Director, Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota
Email: zhang429@umn.edu