Chinese government award for outstanding self finance students abroad

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The Chinese government award for outstanding self-financed students abroad is an award for self-financed Chinese students overseas, first established in 2003 by the China Scholarship Council, Ministry of Education.

This award is the highest governmental award to Chinese graduate students studying abroad.[1] The award is open for applications from any academic disciplines, and the recipients is chosen based on the record of outstanding accomplishments during their studies.[2]

The number of Chinese students studying abroad is more than half a million each year, making this award highly competitive. To date, the recipients include Chinese students studying in 34 countries, such as the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Canada, etc.[3]


Before 2021[edit]

There are 500 students awarded yearly. Among them, no more than 10 extraordinary prizes go to the top awardees with a $10,000 cash award and the rest $6,000; each awardee will also receive a certificate.[4]

Reform since 2021[edit]

Starting from 2021, the award opens up two groups to call for application, group A and B.

Group A recipient is selected from the self-financed Chinese students who are still pursuing their degrees, and the number of the recipient is 600 each year. Among them, no more than 20 extraordinary prizes go to the top awardees with a $10,000 cash award and the rest $6,000; each awardee will also receive a certificate.

Group B recipient is selected from the self-financed Chinese students who has obtained their degrees and planned to relocate back to China for working, including fresh graduates and postdoctoral researchers. To meet the eligibility, group B applicants need to provide a signed working contract with a domestic host, in addition to other required files, such as diploma, publication record, recommendation letters, etc. The number of group B recipient is 50 each year and every recipient will be awarded with a $10,000 cash award plus a certificate.


  • The applicants must be of P. R. China nationality, including citizenship of the Special Administrative Region of China - Hong Kong[5][6] and Macao;
  • The applicants have not received any financial support from the Chinese government (e.g, CSC scholarship) during their studies;
  • The applicants have not received this award before;
  • The applicants in group A and B should be no more than 40 and 45 years old, respectively, by the application deadline;
  • The applicants are at least in the second year of their PhD programme.

Application process[edit]

Voluntary application[edit]

The call is vountary based, open to all self-financed Chinese students from any academic disciplines. The application is usually completed through an online system. When submitting their applications online, applicants need to indicate their local Chinese consulate, where their applications will be allocated for initial differential selection.

Initial selection by the local consulate[edit]

The local Chinese Consulate or Educational Affairs Office of Chinese Embassy will invite and organize experts, usually professors in notable universities in the local area, to conduct an initial differential selection based upon the applicants' achievement record and merits, and forward the ranking/reserving list to the domestic competent department, Ministry of Education of China.

Finalist by domestic evaluators[edit]

Ministry of Education (MOE) will conduct the final evaluation or approval. Once the ranking is finalized, MOE will publish the finalist and inform the results to Chinese Consulates or Education Offices, who will later inform the individual awardees and hold an awarding ceremony.


The awarding ceremony is held each year at the local Chinese consulate. The attendees usually include the general consul, education counselors, evaluation experts, awardees and their supervisors, invited international guests, journalists, etc.

Past recipients[edit]

2003 2004 2005 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
2019 2020 2021 [--] [--]

Notable recipients[edit]


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