Prospective CSC PhD candidates

Go straight to: CSC PhD Proposal 2018

Information about the CSC scholarship

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is a Chinese governmental organization that grants scholarships for Chinese students that go abroad each year. This includes Chinese students who want to apply for a PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

For successful applicants, Erasmus University will cover their full tuition fees and research fees. CSC will consider their application for a living allowance as prescribed from time to time by the Chinese Government (which include health insurance), a return international airfare to the Netherlands by the most economical route, and visa application fees. 

The funding for each awardee will be up to 48 months, with a grant of € 1200 per month. 

Applying for a PhD position with a CSC Scholarship

Selection procedure

1. The proposal descriptions 2018 can be found here: CSC PhD Proposal 2018

2. When you have found an interesting project, please contact EUR Beijing office ( for an assessment by submitting the following required documents (application deadline is March 9, 2018):

  1. CV / Resume (including your latest profile photo)
  2. Passport or Chinese ID
  3. Knowledge of English (IELTS or TOEFL)
  4. Bachelor degree and diploma + notary certificates (证件)
  5. Bachelor transcripts + notary certificate (证件)
  6. Master degree and diploma* + notary certificates (证件)
  7. Master transcripts* + notary certificate (证件)
  8. Research proposal (min. 1000 words)

* For candidates who are currently in the last year of their master program:

6. Studying certificate in English, signed and sealed by your Chinese university
7. Up-to-date master transcripts in English, provided by your Chinese university


  • Only the English test results, Master Degree and Diploma, and Master Transcripts may come on a later stage (but before Friday, March 9, 2018); all other above mentioned application materials must be submitted at once!
  • Please indicate clearly:
    • Topic/title of research project that you would like to apply for 
    • Name(s) & email(s) of the professor(s)
  • Required document format: color scan into one file with PDF format (photos will not be accepted)
  • Each applicant is required to submit a research proposal (min. 1000 words) when applying for CSC scholarship, which needs to be signed by the promoter at EUR. The proposal needs to contain the following:
    • The title of the PhD research
    • Description of the research
    • Previous research results of the candidate in China
    • Goal and expectations regarding the research in abroad
    • Research methods
    • Time table for the research
    • Expected applicability of the research
  • A sufficient English level is an obligatory requirement for admission at EUR. Applicants will be notified after passing the assessment. 
    • IELTS: an academic average score of 7.0 is compulsory, minimal 6.0 for all sub-scores: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
    • TOEFL: score of 100 is compulsory, minimal 20 for the sub-scores: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
  • If your application has been approved and is qualified, the respective supervisor will receive your profile and schedule an interview to assess your professional skills.
  • When you are accepted by the supervisor, the EUCC will help them prepare the Acceptance Letter (Deadline: Monday, March 20, 2018).
  • Candidates who have received the Acceptance Letter should apply for the CSC scholarship by themselves and in time. Submit your application on the CSC website ( March 20 and April 5, 2018

7. The result will be published by the end of May 2018.

Important dates 

Late October, 2017CSC will publish the PhD programs 2018 on their website
March 9th, 2018Application Deadline (submit the application profile to
March 20th, 2018Deadline for receiving the Acceptance Letter from the EUR
March 20th - April 5th, 2018Application submission on the CSC website
End of May, 2018Result grant

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For applicants

For professors

Contact information

Ms. Selano Li (for initial questions and assessments)

Main Representative in China
Erasmus University China Center (Beijing Office)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Room 518, Sunjoy Mansion Annex Building
No 6 Ritan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100020
T: +86 (10) 85306771

Mrs. Weichia Tseng

Managing Director, Erasmus University China Center (EUCC)


Additional guidelines

Seven steps for PhD admission at Erasmus University Rotterdam (general guidelines for all PhD applicants):

1. Do you have the right credentials to enter a PhD in your own country?

The standard for admissions is : a four year Bachelor degree + a two/three year Master degree; which will lead to a full 4 year PhD research in the Netherlands.

  • Scenario 1a: a combined Bachelor/Master degree being a 6 years programme
  • Scenario 1b: a joined study of Bachelor and Doctoral Degree including a 4-year Bachelor degree plus a combined Master/PhD program of which at least 2 years have been completed; you need to provide us with an official statement of your university that you have finished the master part of the combined program;
  • Scenario 1c: student, after having obtained a bachelor degree and is expected to finish the Master program within one year, may start a PhD application and ask for a preliminary admittance; a full 4 years in the Netherlands.

2. There must be relevancy in subject/major between Bachelor & Master programs to be considered for the PhD in the Netherlands. This can also be highlighted in a strong motivational letter explaining the reasoning.

3. Compulsory documents for Bachelor Diploma:

Graduation Certificate + Degree Certificate + List of Marks + Notary document*

4. Compulsory documents for Master Diploma:

Graduation Certificate + Degree Certificate + List of Marks + Notary document*

5. Application involves a preliminary evaluation by the EUR

Selection procedure done by Erasmus University China Center (Beijing Office).

6. Interview with promoter/staff will be followed by their decision

If positive, upon arrival the PhD student registers in Hora Est (PhD database) and delivers his/her formal application package (Request for Admission + documents) with Admissions Office.  

*Notary document is legalization/certification of Chinese documents including translations