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China/UNESCO - the Great Wall Fellowship

China/UNESCO--the Great Wall Fellowship scheme is a full scholarship scheme set up by the Ministry of Education of China for candidates recommended by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). China Scholarship Council (hereinafter referred to as CSC) administers the recruitment and the daily management of the scheme.

Categories of Applicants and Duration of Scholarship

This scheme only sponsors general scholars and senior scholars to study in China. Candidates who are enrolled to be taught in Chinese are required to have one year remedial Chinese courses prior to the major studies, consequently the total scholarship duration is one year Chinese courses plus one year major study. If the major courses can be conducted in English, remedial Chinese study may be skipped, the scholarship will only last for one year.


Applicants should apply to the National Commission for UNESCO in their home country. The time for application is from the beginning of January to the begining of April.


  • Applicants must be non-Chinese nationals in good health.
  • The educational background and age limit:
    • Applicants for general scholars must have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies and be under the age of 45.
    • Applicants for senior scholars must have master or higher degree or hold academic title of associate professor or higher and be under the age of 50.

Details of the Scholarship

  • Exemption of registration and tuition fees, free basic learning materials, and free accommodation
  • Provided with the same free medical care as the Chinese students
  • Monthly living allowance is paid to the students by the institution at the following rates (CNY yuan per month):
    • w general scholars: CNY 1,100 yuan
    • w senior scholars: CNY 1,400 yuan
  • Settlement subsidy (once only)
    • w CNY 300 yuan for those whose period of studies in China lasts up to six months
    • w CNY 600 yuan for those whose period of studies in China lasts at least one academic year

Application Materials

The applicants must fill in and provide the following materials truly and correctly.

  • Application Form for China/UNESCO - the Great Wall Fellowship (printed by CSC), one original and one photocopy, in Chinese or in English.
  • Highest diploma (notarized photocopy). If applicants are university students or already employed, they should also provide documents of being university students or on-post employees. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with translations in Chinese or English.
  • Transcripts (notarized photocopy); transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with translations in Chinese or English.
  • Senior scholars must submit two letters of recommendation in Chinese or English by two professors or associate professors.
  • Applicants for music are requested to submit one cassette recording of the applicant’s own work; applicants for fine arts must submit six color photographs of personal works (two sketches, two color paintings and two other works).
  • A study or research plan written in Chinese or English (no less than 400 words).
  • Photocopy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form (printed by Chinese quarantine authority and only for those whose period of studies in China lasts up to six months) filled in English. The medical examinations must cover all the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, official stamp of the hospital or a sealed photograph of the applicants are invalid. The medical examination results will be valid for 6 months. All applicants are kindly requested to take this factor into consideration while determining the time to take the medical examination.

The headquarters of UNESCO shall submit the above materials to CSC by April 30th 2004. CSC does not accept individual applications.

Selection of Institutions and Specialty

Applicants may choose 3 institutions and 1 specialty as personal preference from the Chinese institutions designated by the Ministry of Education of China. Please check the Directory of the Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Programme or the website of CSC ( for details. Applicants are required to fill in their preferences of institutions and specialty strictly within the ones listed in the Directory. A specified study or research plan is highly required.

Approval and Notification

CSC will review all the application materials it receives from the appointed authorities and CSC is authorized to make necessary adjustments on the applied institutions, specialties and duration of study. The qualified applications will be forwarded to different institutions and the final decision whether to admit the applicants or not will be made by them. If the applicant has been in touch with or accepted by an institution (listed in the Directory) prior to application, the applicant is requested to enclose the relevant admission letters for the reference of the host institution.

The application will be seen as invalid and will not be processed if the applicants are not qualified or the application materials are inconsistent with the recruitment regulations or are incomplete. Finalized placements, specialties and duration of studies are in principle not to be changed.

Scholarship applicants accepted by Chinese institutions will be officially confirmed as Chinese Government Scholarship students with endorsement from the Ministry of Education of China.

CSC will send the List of Enrolled Students, Admission Notice and Visa Application Form for Study In China (JW201) to the headquarter of UNESCO by July 31, 2003 so as to have these documents forwarded to the students.

Official Address of China Scholarship Council

Address: No. 160 Fuxingmennei Street, Beijing 100031, P.R.China
Tel: 0086-10-66413253, 66413132
Fax: 0086-10-66413255

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