China Scholarship Council - University of Melbourne PhD Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by the China Scholarship Council and the University of Melbourne to promote international collaboration and is offered to citizens of the People's Republic of China wishing to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the University of Melbourne.

Applications open

1 Jul 2023

Last day for applications

25 Feb 2024
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Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Fee remission
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

International student

Total value

100% fee remission and up to $120,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Up to 45

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be a citizen of the People's Republic of China
    • have received an offer for a place in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) course at the University of Melbourne. This requires completion of at least a four-year undergraduate degree, with the equivalent of a minimum overall average grade of H2A (or 75%) achieved at the University of Melbourne with a significant research component. Applicants are also required to meet minimum English language requirements.


    This scholarship is subject to the Graduate Research Scholarships Terms & Conditions (as amended).

  • Application process

    There is a two-stage application process.

    Stage 1: Applying to the University of Melbourne for entry to the PhD.

    Submit an online application for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) course you wish to apply for by the closing date. Under the Financial Support Requirement of the application, indicate that you have applied for, or plan to apply for, a China Scholarship Council scholarship.

    Once you have submitted your PhD application, you will automatically be considered for the Graduate Research Scholarships and the CSC - University of Melbourne PhD Scholarship.

    Stage 2: Applying to the CSC for the living allowance scholarship.

    If you receive an offer of a PhD place from the University and also an offer of a tuition fee scholarship from the University as part of the China Scholarship Council - University of Melbourne PhD Scholarship, you will need to apply separately to the CSC for the living allowance benefit of the scholarship as follows:

    1. Seek approval to submit a scholarship application to the CSC from either your university in China, or from the nearest Consulate of the People's Republic of China if you are currently living outside the Chinese mainland.
    2. Apply directly to the CSC for a living allowance scholarship to support you while undertaking the PhD at the University of Melbourne. You should follow the CSC guidelines and apply online for the living allowance scholarship through the Agreements Channel. The CSC application period usually opens around 10 March and closes on 31 March.
      The University’s PhD place offer and the tuition fee scholarship offer will need to be included with the CSC application. For further information, visit the CSC website.
  • When will I know the outcome?

    The University of Melbourne aims to notify applicants of the outcome of their PhD applications within four weeks of receiving the application.

    The CSC usually notifies applicants of the outcome of living allowance scholarship applications at the end of May for commencement no later than the 31 December in the following year.

  • Variations of this award

What are the benefits?

The University of Melbourne will provide:

  • a full tuition fee scholarship for a PhD for up to four years
  • a supplementary living allowance of around $14,200 per year (2024 full-time pro rata rate) for up to four years

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) will provide:

  • a living allowance of approximately $22,800 per year (2024 rate) including Overseas Student Health Cover
  • a return airfare between China and Melbourne by the most economical route
  • visa application fees

For more information about research opportunities, application processes and the reasons to consider study at the University of Melbourne, see Information for graduate researchers.

For further information about eligibility, application and selection requirements, please submit a query as a future student.

The information listed here is subject to change without notice. Where we have listed information about jointly run scholarships programs, please also see our partners' websites. Information describing the number and value of scholarships awarded is indicative.