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PhD Research Scholarships

If you are looking to study on a Doctoral programme, funding is available from both the University and external organisations.

China Scholarship Council

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) predominantly funds Chinese university students to study overseas for PhD degrees in the fields of science and technology, but will also consider disciplines in the humanities. CSC awards typically cover air fares and living costs for up to four years.

Cardiff University is offering a number of 3-year tuition fee scholarships to successful China Scholarship Council students who are not currently enrolled on a PhD programme.

Applications for 2021 entry have now closed.

How to apply

This cycle of applications relates to start dates from October 2021. Applications should be made in accordance with CSC guidance.

There are four steps to applying.

1. Apply to Cardiff University and receive an offer to study for your chosen PhD:

Please complete the standard Cardiff University PhD application form. This will be used to assess an applicant's eligibility. However, please note the additional requirements listed below. We advise you apply in advance of the deadline. You can submit your evidence of your English Language proficiency after the application deadline.

In addition to the standard application form, applicants should also:

  • Attach an Academic CV. Further guidance on academic CVs can be found at
  • Ensure the Personal Statement (part of the University application form) provides a clear explanation of the research interest, preparation undertaken, and an understanding of the significance of the research. Further guidance can be found at
  • Select ‘No, I am not self-funding my research’ when prompted on the University application form.
  • When asked ‘Please give the name of funding you are applying for’, enter the ‘Cardiff University China Scholarship Council’.

2. The School will nominate applicants to the University to be considered for a tuition fee scholarship (up until 27 January 2021). To be nominated, you must have an offer of study, met the School selection criteria and met the English Language requirements.

3. If you are awarded and accept the tuition fee scholarship, you then need to apply to the CSC via the Cardiff University portal. This will open around March.

4. Cardiff University will then send a list of the nominees to CSC, who match this with applications received via the CSC Cardiff University portal. The CSC panel will award scholarships. The tuition fee scholarship is only valid if you also receive the CSC scholarship.

If you have any queries about the China Scholarship Council fund, please get in touch:

Doctoral Academy

Commonwealth Scholarship Programme

Commonwealth Scholarships are a joint initiative between the UK government-funded Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and UK universities, which Cardiff University is proud to be a partner.

Commonwealth Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are offered to citizens from low and middle income Commonwealth countries.

For details of current funding available and how to apply, please visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website.