New China Studies Plan

To foster a deep understanding of China and the Chinese culture among young elites around the world, enable the prosperous growth of China Studies, promote the sustainable development of Confucius Institutes, and enhance the friendly relationship between China and the world, the Confucius Institute Headquarters has set up the Confucius New China Studies Plan, which consists of six sub-programs. The majority of financial support is provided through support of specific research and other projects on designated academic areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Sino-foreign Joint Ph.D. Subprogram: Sponsor newly registered or current Ph.D. students from a foreign university to pursue 1-2 years of studies in a Chinese university. Students who successfully complete the program will receive their Ph.D. degree either from the foreign university or from both Chinese and foreign universities simultaneously. In general, eligible candidates should be under the age of forty and their HSK test score no less than level 3.

Ph.D. in China Sub-program: Sponsor foreign students to pursue Ph.D. degree at a Chinese university. In general, eligible candidates should be under the age of forty and their HSK test score no less than level 5. According to their study plan, students who participate in the above two subprograms may choose their specific research topics and Chinese supervisors in Chinese universities that are designated by the Headquarters. 

“Understanding China” Visiting Scholar Subprogram: Sponsor foreign faculties/ research fellows, with credentials of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) and above, to undertake research projects in China for a period of 2 weeks to 10 months. 

Young Leaders Subprogram: Sponsor senior year undergraduate or master program students of foreign universities, as well as outstanding youth from areas of politics, business or academics to visit China and participate in short-term study programs, for a period of 2 weeks to 6 months. In general, eligible candidates should be under the age of forty.

International Conference Subprogram: Provide financial support to Confucius Institutes/ foreign universities/ research institutions/ research individuals to organize or participate in international conferences of China Studies related topics.

Publishing Subprogram: Provide financial support to foreign scholars for the purpose of publishing or translating relevant academic works, Ph. D. thesis, or producing relevant academic publications.