CSC-Scholarship for PhDs

Important details



  • You are accepted as a PhD candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam;
  • Your obtained bachelor and master degrees are of the same field of study as your research project;
  • Your bachelor and master results have been good and the quality should be reflected in the application;
  • You are not older than 35 years at the start of the new academic year in the Netherlands;
  • The study or research period of the scholarship must be at least 12 months;
  • You meet the English language requirements:
    • An average of 7.5 for IELTS or 100 for TOEFL;
    • You meet the English language requirements of the foreign university;
  • The International Office of the Erasmus University must be informed of your arrival.
  • Chinese

Participating faculty

  •  All faculties
Level of study
  • PhD

Scholarship / Grant in €

 € 1.350 per month, for a period of 48 months, covering health insurance, international  airfare and living expenses.

Deadline Friday, March 4th, 2022

More details & contact

Website: Erasmus University China Center (EUCC)

Application - CSC-Scholarship for PhDs

When you have found an interesting project, please contact EUR Beijing office ( for an assessment by submitting the following required documents:

  • CV (including your latest profile photo)
  • Chinese Passport or ID
  • English prove (IELTS or TOEFL)
  • Bachelor degree and diploma (Notary Documents of both)
  • Bachelor transcripts with Notary Document
  • Master degree and diploma (Notary Documents of both)
  • Master transcripts with Notary Document
  • Research Proposal (min. 1000 words)

Visit the CSC-PhD programme for more detailed information on exemptions, document submission and additional requirements. 

Deadline: March 4th, 2022

Background information

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.

Do you have questions?

Feel free to reach out to any of our international officers

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Frequently Asked Questions

In order to filter out the scholarships you might be able to apply for, take the following steps:

  1. Select on this page your current situation.
    By clicking on one of the situations, the scholarship overview that applies to you will be shown;
  2. All the basic requirements of the scholarship are mentioned in the table of the scholarship overview page. Check for country and region eligibility, study level and faculty specific information;
  3. Click on one of the scholarships for more details;
  4. To apply, follow the given application instructions.

Follow the application instructions on the scholarship detail page, by clicking on one of the scholarships in the overview table.

In Holland, higher education is subsidized, which means that tuition fees can be kept relatively low, especially compared with the United Kingdom and the United States. Because of this, we do not have an extensive scholarship programme. This doesn't mean we don't have them at all though, so make sure to have a closer look.

Your chances are slim, meaning that most students won't gain a scholarship. There are hundreds of new students each year, but there is not an equal amount of scholarships available. Therefore always make sure to have a plan B to cover your finances, in case you won't gain the scholarship.

Most of the requirements apply to:

  1. Study results / being an excellent student;
  2. Being able to demonstrate your ambition;
  3. Level of study;
  4. Obtained diplomas;
  5. Country of origin.

First, select on the Scholarships and grants page if you're a student planning to study at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) or whether you're already studying at EUR and thinking about going on exchange.

After selecting one of these options, you'll land on a page with a scholarship overview applicable to your situation.

Preparing an application for a scholarship can be time consuming. Deadlines can be as early as January, so make sure to plan ahead. Start looking for scholarships 6-12 months in advance.

That depends on the scholarship. The scholarship may be a partial tuition fee waiver which means you still need to pay tuition fee. Please check the criteria of your scholarship carefully.

In a lot of cases you will receive the scholarship for only one year. Please check the scholarship criteria carefully to avoid unpleasant surprises. Think about ways to finance your 2nd and/or 3rd year in advance. 

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