Chinese government award for outstanding self finance students abroad

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About the award[edit]

The Chinese government award for outstanding self-financed students abroad was established by the China Scholarship Council in 2003. The worldwide recipients are chosen annually based on a record of outstanding accomplishments in any discipline.[1] This award is considered the highest award given by Chinese government to graduate students studying outside China, who do not receive financial support from Chinese government.[2] To date, the recipients include students from 33 countries, including United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Australia and Canada.[3]

The number of Chinese students leaving China to study abroad is more than half a million each year, making this prestigious award highly competitive. Currently, 500 students are awarded yearly. Among them, 10 extraordinary prizes are given to the top awardees with a $10000 cash award and a certificate; the rest are awarded with a one-time $6000 cash award and a certificate.

Past recipients[edit]

2003 2004 2005 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Notable recipients[edit]

  • Zhan Guo, Associate Professor at New York University[4]
  • Peng Yin, Biologist[5]
  • Xiaojun Yan, Political writer[6]
  • Pengkai Pan, Founder and CEO of Alo7[7]
  • Lerong Lu, Lawyer, Academic, and Writer, Lecturer in Law at University of Bristol[8]


  1. ^ "2016年"国家优秀自费留学生奖学金"项目启动实施".
  2. ^ "国家优秀自费留学生奖学金项目介绍" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Chinese Government Award for outstanding students abroad".
  4. ^ "Faculty Introduction -- Zhan Guo".
  5. ^ "Yin's Group, Harvard University".
  6. ^ "閻小駿".
  7. ^ "Team of Alo7".
  8. ^ "Dr Lerong Lu - About the School". Retrieved 2018-10-06.