MOFCOM SCHOLARSHIP(2019 Enrollment Guide)
Date:2018.04.08 Attention: From:

Degree Education Programs sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China is designed to foster high-end business officials and managerial personnel for the recipient countries, offering one-year and two-year master programs as well as three-year doctoral programs for the purpose of educating high-end and inter-disciplinary talent working in the applied fields of government, trade, foreign affairs, agriculture, technology, education, culture and health, building intellectual capacity and facilitating the economic and social development of the recipient countries. These programs provide assistance to governmental officials, research fellows, and senior managerial personnel on their master and doctor education in China, which are fully conducted in English. Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree, relevant working experiences, and decent physical conditions, essential for the high-compact curriculum needed for the degrees. The programs are playing a more and more important role in stimulating economic cooperation between China and students’ home countries, which the host governments are attaching great attention to this program.


MOFCOM Scholarship is set up by Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China to further strengthen the communication and cooperation between China and other countries as well as to develop talents for developing countries. Starting from 2015, MOFCOM Scholarship mainly sponsors the young and the middle-aged talents from recipient countries to pursue their postgraduate degree education in China. China Scholarship Council is entrusted to administer the Scholarship.


I.     Supporting categories, duration of scholarship and instruction language

MOFCOM Scholarship supports Master’s program for 2-3 years or PhD program for 3 years. Scholarship winners must register for English-taught program.


II. Where & When to Apply

The Economic and Commercial Counselor’s Office (ECCO) of the Chinese Embassy in your country will be open for application until 31st May 2019.


III. Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must:

-be a citizen of a developing country other than the People’s Republic of China, and under the age of 45 (born after September 1, 1974);

-be healthy physically and mentally with a physical examination report issued by a local public hospital, and not having any disease or situation listed below:

a) Diseases prohibited by Chinese Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Laws and Regulations

b) Other severe chronic diseases like high blood pressure, cardio-cerebrovascular disease, diabetes; psychological diseases; or other infectious diseases which may harm public health

c) In recovery period after major surgery or acute disease attacks

d) Severe physically challenged

e) Pregnancy

-with at least three years'  working experience;

-be a bachelor's degree holder when applying for master's program & be a master's degree holder when applying for doctoral program;

-be incumbents with a relevant educational background or working experience to the applied program are preferred;

-be public officials of division level and above (or corresponding level) in government sectors, or senior management staff of organizations and enterprises, or academic backbones of universities and research institutions;

-be sufficient in English which meets the academic requirements of the program, be equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 80 and above level;

-be with the potential of professional development, and is committed to promoting the friendly exchanges and cooperation between the host country and China;

-be neither studying in China nor being admitted to other scholarship programs provided by Chinese government.

IV. Scholarship Coverage

1. Students are exempt from tuition fee, teaching material fee, research and survey fee, allowance of English-taught program, dissertation guidance fee;

2. Free on-campus accommodation;

3. Monthly stipend:

36000RMB per year per master student,

42000RMB per year per PhD student;

4. One-off resettlement fee: 3000RMB per person;

5. Free medical insurance for international students;

6. One-time round-trip international airfare for all the students (First time fly to China after enrollment, and Fly back to home country while graduation), and a maximum of “n-1” (“n” is for the length of schooling year which is set while the student was enrolled by the program, “n” is less than or equal to three) round-trip international airfares for home visits (one time per year set at the end of an academic year);

7. The annual review is compulsory for all students. Those who pass the review may continue to enjoy full scholarships in the next year.

8. Other expenses shall be managed and used by the Ministry of Commerce or the universities as a whole, and shall not be distributed to students. The Ministry of Commerce only provides students with financial assistance within their enrolled academic duration. Students who postpone their graduation will not receive the continuing sponsorship.


V. Application Documents (written in Chinese or English)

Application Online and Documents List

1. Application Form for MOFCOM Scholarship;

Ensure you have both submitted it online (visit or, click “Scholarship Application for Students”) and printed the hard copy. For more application instructions, please check Attachment I;

2. Photocopy of highest diploma;

3. Photocopy of academic transcripts;

4. A Study Plan or Research Proposal, plus a resume including the educational background and working experience after high school;

5. Two recommendation letters, including one from current employer and one from academic perspective;

6. Photocopy of the Foreigner Physical Examination Form;

7. Photocopy of the English proficiency certificate;

8. Photocopy of a valid passport.


Submission Offline

1. The applicants shall obtain the approval and recommendation from the relevant department of host country before applying for this scholarship. Afterwards, the applicants could submit application according to the requirements of above department.

2. For the applicants whose host government allows them to submit the application directly to the Embassy of China, please obtain the permission or recommendation letter from the host government which states that the applicant has been approved to study in China, and submit the original documents of the letter and other above mentioned application documents to the ECCO of Chinese Embassy in the host country. The scanned electronic edition of the documents is needed as well. For emails and addresses of the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Offices, please visit

2. The responsible department of the host government shall submit a written request to the ECCO of Chinese Embassy for an official recommendation letter and clearly state:

a)    Whether the applicant is willing to be considered for a similar program at other universities if the applied programs could not accept the applicant. 

b)    Other special requests if any.



a) All the documents to be submitted should be in Chinese or English. Otherwise, a notarized copy in Chinese or English is required.

b) An original copy of degrees, transcripts, Foreigner Physical Examination Form and language certificates must be presented for on-site verification.

c) Applicants will get back all the hard-copy materials, both original copies and photocopies from the ECCO of Chinese Embassy. If admitted, students must take the documents to China and submit them to the university for verification and archive.

d) Bringing spouse or other dependent for accompanying is not allowed during the students’ study in China. The scholarship will not provide any related cost;

e) No explanation will be given on the enrollment result.

f) Applications without the recommendation from the ECCO of Chinese Embassy will not be considered.



VI. Placement

Each applicant can choose one major and three preferred universities out of the 26 designated universities. CSC will place each applicant in one university only on the basis of their choice and universities’ requirements.


VII. Admission & Registration

Scholarship winners will receive the admission package from ECCO of the Chinese Embassy by the end of August, 2019, and must register at the host university before the deadline which is usually September, 2019.











Attachment 1.


Instructions of the CSC Online Application System

for MOFCOM Scholarship

Step 1: Visit or and click Application Online for International Students.


Step 2: Read Tips for online application carefully before clicking “NEXT” to the registration page.


Step 3: Log in with your user name and password. For new user, please click “Create an account” for registration.


Step 4: Fill in the correct Program Category and Agency Number. An Agency Number represents a specific application receiving agency and a correct choose of Program Category is necessary before filling in the Agency Number. Please make sure you fill it in correctly, otherwise you will not be able to continue your online application or your application will not be accepted.

Your ‘Program Category’ is: Type A and Agency Number’ is:00010. Once the correct ‘Agency Number’ is entered, the name of the agency will automatically emerge.


Step 5: Fill in the Online Application Form and Upload Supporting Documents truly, correctly and completely following the steps listed on the left of the page.

Applicants are required to select a discipline before choosing their majors. Please refer to the Disciplines Index, which could be downloaded from Help, if you have any doubt about the disciplines and majors.


Step 6: Check each part of your Application carefully before submitting it. Click Submit to submit your Application.


Step 7: You can make changes to your application by clicking Withdraw and Edit the Application on the top of the page. But make sure to submit it again by clicking Submit after finishing all the changes. Otherwise, the retrieved application will become invalid and your new application will not be received either.


Step 8: Download the completed Application Form by clicking Print the Application Form and print two hard copies.


Step 9: Prepare other supporting documents as required and send the full package of application documents (both hardcopies and scancopies) to the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office (ECCO) of the Chinese Embassy.


Please use Firefox or Internet Explorer (11.0). Menu selection functions may not work in other browsers.


Only Chinese and English are accepted for the online application.













Attachment 2.


The 26 Designated Universities



Peking University


Tsinghua University


Renmin University of China


Beijing Normal University


Beijing Jiaotong University


University of International Business and Economics


Beihang University


Nankai University


Tianjin University


Jilin University


Fudan University


Shanghai Jiaotong University


Tongji University


East China Normal University


Shanghai University of Finance and Economics


Nanjing University


Zhejiang University


Xiamen University


Shandong University


Wuhan University


Huazhong University of Science and Technology


Wuhan University of Technology


Sun Yat-sen University


Southwest Jiaotong University


Xi’an Jiaotong University


Harbin Institute of Technology


Attachment 3.26 Chinese Universities and English-taught Programs