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2016 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. The 2016 competition is currently open and accepting applications.

2016 application cycle is currently open!

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. Submit two letters of recommendation to Dr. Yongling Zhang-Gorke. At least one letter of reference must come from your Chinese language instructor. Tentative Deadline: Thursday, April 15, 2016*
  2. Contact Dr. Yongling Zhang-Gorke to schedule an interview. Tentative Deadline: Thursday, April 15, 2016*
  3. Complete online application for Confucius Institute Scholarship and indicate University of Minnesota as your recommending institute. Please follow the application procedures as stated on the scholarship's website. Tentative deadline: Thursday, April 22, 2016*
  4. Participants must complete the University of Minnesota’s international travel requirements by:
    • Obtaining theUniversity-approved international insurance coverage for the duration of their scholarship period
    • Signing the University's student release and waiver form
    • Complying with Learning Abroad Center's policies and procedures for students studying abroad, including compliance with the Learning Abroad Center's non-affiliated program process.
  5. Applications will be reviewed by CIUMN scholarship committee. Selected students will recieve a letter of nomination. If nominee accepts nomination, their complete package will be forwared to Hanban headquaters for final reveiw and approval.

*Tentative deadline dates will be updated once we recieve confirmation regarding the scholarships deadline from Hanban. Please contact the Confucius Insitute if you have any concerns regarding these tentative deadlines.

Scholarship Announcement
The official announcement of the 2016 Confucius Institute scholarship and the application log-in are posted on the Confucius Institute Scholarship website. The details of the scholarship are provided below in English. All information is furnished by the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Contact Dr. Yongling Zhang-Gorke at (612-625-0243) or call the Confucius Institute at 612-625-5080 if you have any questions or interested in learning more about the scholarship.

Scholarship Categories and Eligibility Criteria

The scholarships for the 2016 application cycle include 6categories:

  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
  6. Scholarship for four-week study 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 2016 “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 for four-week study:
This category provides a sponsorship for 4-week study which is mainly focusing on Chinese language. Application is mainly open to Confucius Institute (Classroom) students, excellent performers in HSK test, and outstanding club members of Confucius Institute Magazine. Applicant should submit a HSK or BCT score report, and have no prior experience of studying in China.

For all categories of scholarships, priority will be given to applicants with HSK and HSKK scores. Winners of the finals of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and for Foreign High School Students in China shall arrange their applications in accordance with the prize specifications. Repetitive applications are invalid.

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 Scholarships website.

Admission for students of MTCSOL, one-academic year study + MTCSOL, BTCSOL, one-academic year study, and one-semester study is either on September 1, 2016 or March 1, 2017.

Four-Week Study courses are available for study during the dates of: July 15- August 14, 2016, or December 15, 2016 – January 14, 2017. Courses at other time durations can only be arranged on the condition of recruiting 10 students minimum, and applicants from Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) should initiate your application 3 month in advance.  

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 Nominanees

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
Phone: 612-625-0234