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Attention:

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus , all Chinese universities have postponed their spring semester, which calls for some adjustments to the original timeline for the 2020 CSC online application. CSC decided to postpone the online application period as following:
-    Phd degree applicants (36-48 months): postponed from 10-31 March to 10-30 April 2020 for CSC online application. New deadline for VUB online application: 15 Mar 2020
-    Jointly supervised PhD applicants (6-24 months): postponed from 10-31 March to 15 May-10 June 2020 for CSC online application. New deadline for VUB online application: 15 April 2020

The adjustment of the deadlines will give both the applicants and their home institutions enough time to prepare. The panel of academics evaluation will be organized from May to August, and the final result will come out in June (for full PhD degree) and August (for jointly supervised PhD) 2020. Source: China Scholarship Council

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) has a firm tradition of collaboration with Chinese research institutes and top universities in many disciplines. VUB and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) therefore jointly offer doctoral and postdoctoral scholarships to Chinese researchers to VUB. In 2005, VUB was the first university who signed the agreement with CSC among all Belgian universities. Based on the positive feedback from students and promoters, VUB and CSC renewed the cooperation agreement in 2013 for offering more opportunities to PhD, jointly-supervised PhD (including double PhD degree), Post-doctoral fellows, as well as visiting scholars. 

Based on the agreement between VUB and CSC, these scholarships include monthly allowance for the allocated period & international flight offered by CSC, and tuition fee waiver & health insurance offered by VUB (Note: the insurance is only provided for full PhD or jointly-supoervised PhD students).

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**NOTE: Please note that you are using valuable time of the supervisors (or say promoters) for your PhD application. If you are accepted by a VUB supervisor but later decide to use the offer from another university (instead of VUB) to apply for CSC scholarship, please respectfully inform the supervisor and the VUB International Relations office immediately. You may otherwise offend the supervisor and might be reported to CSC.

Who can apply for a full PhD?

  • You must have Chinese nationality, and meet eligibility requirements of CSC: http://www.csc.edu.cn/
  • And you are a last-year Master student from a Chinese university (4-year scholarship)
  • Or a last-year Master student from a university outside of China (4-year scholarship)
  • Or a student who already obtained a Master degree (4-year scholarship)
  • Or a first-year PhD student currently enrolled in a university outside of China  (3-year scholarship)

Who can apply for jointly supervised PhD?

  • You must have Chinese nationality, and meet eligibility requirements of CSC: http://www.csc.edu.cn/
  • And a current PhD student enrolled in a Chinese university

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

With more than 185 years of history, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a modern and comprehensive university located in Brussels, a truly international city hosting the major political EU institutions and many other international organisations. High quality education and research are central issues. Our research teams are internationally recognized in many disciplines of fundamental and applied research.  International students can do a PhD programme purely in English.

To know more about the research at VUB, click here. To know more about our university, please visit our website in English: www.vub.ac.be/en

 

China Scholarship Council (CSC)

China Scholarship Council

The China Scholarship Council is a division of the Chinese Ministry of Education which provides financial assistance to the Chinese citizens who wish to study abroad, and to the foreign citizens who wish to study in China in order to develop the educational, scientific, technological and cultural exchanges, as well as economic and trade cooperation between China and other countries. The CSC aims to strengthen the friendship and enhance understanding between China and other countries. Please find more information on the CSC website.

PhD candidates (3 to 4 years for PhD degree)

The online application for the academic year 2020-2021 is available in November 2019. To maximise your chances of receiving a positive response, we strongly suggest you apply as early as possible.

Timing and application procedure

From  Nov 2019 to 15 Mar 2020

Open call for VUB online application:

  1. Please check if you meet the requirement for this scholarship according to the CSC regulation "国家建设高水平大学公派研究生项目选派办法" (only in Chinese)

  2. Find a PhD topics and contact of professors/promotors: download the excel file with all information by clicking "Updated list of open PhD topics" in this page: https://student.vub.be/en/phd/step-by-step#topics

  3. Start the online application by click here.

NOTE: please read carefully the instruction for the online application by clicking here.

15 Mar 2020 (updated)

Deadline for VUB online applications.

Before 10 Apr 2020

The candidates who are accepted by VUB will receive offer letters from VUB (International Relations & Mobility Office). Meanwhile, VUB sends the list of accepted candidates to CSC.

From 10 to 30 Apr 2020

(updated by CSC)

The candidates who are accepted by VUB will need to apply to CSC (only in Chinese): http://apply.csc.edu.cn/csc/main/person/login/index.jsf

From May to Jun 2020

CSC selection process for the final candidates for obtaining the CSC scholarship.

End of Jun 2020

Upon confirmation of final candidates sent by CSC, VUB will inform the selected students for completing the VUB procedure and send the official admission letters to the final candidates. Accepted students will be informed by CSC individually for the final arrangement for the scholarship.

Sep 2020

Enroll at VUB, and participate the info session especially organised for CSC students. We strongly suggest students to arrive VUB one week before the official start of academic year.

*Please take the original documents (gongzhengjian) of your authorized/translated Graduation Certificate, Degree Certificate, and Transcript of your Master programme in home university.

*Please note that this schedule may be subject to change under certain circumstances.

If you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail: international.relations@vub.be
Please mention 'CSC PhD Application' in the subject of your e-mail.

Jointly supervised PhD - only for PhD students currently enrolled in a Chinese university

 (6 to 24 months for exchange or double-degree)

The online application for the academic year 2020-2021 is available in November 2019. To maximise your chances of receiving a positive response, we strongly suggest you apply as early as possible.

*Note: The VUB-CSC scholarship programme offers two kinds of jointly supervised PhD programmes:

  • Jointly supervised PhD without a PhD degree from VUB (equivalent to the PhD exchange or guest student at VUB). 
  • Jointly supervised PhD for student who wishes to obtain double PhD degrees from both VUB and his/her home university in China based on the agreement between two universities and two supervisors. In this case, an agreement will be signed between two promoters (or supervisors) at VUB and Chinese university for a specific PhD student. The application follows the same procedure as a PhD candidate mentioned above. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Note: Acccording to the new policy of CSC, the Chiense promoter of jointly supervised PhD student can apply for one-month scholarship to visit the promoter in VUB.

Timing and application procedure

From Nov 2019 to 15 April 2020

Open call for VUB online application:

  1. Please check if you meet the requirement for this scholarship according to the CSC regulation "国家建设高水平大学公派研究生项目选派办法" (only in Chinese)

  2. Find a PhD topics and contact of professors/promotors: download the excel file with all information by clicking "Updated list of open PhD topics" in this page: https://student.vub.be/en/phd/step-by-step#topics

  3. Start the online application by clicking here.

    NOTE: please read carefully the instruction for the online application by clicking here.

15 Apr 2020 (updated)

Deadline for VUB online applications.

Before 15 May 2020

The accepted candidates will receive offer letters from VUB. The accepted candidates list will be sent to CSC.

From 15 May to 10 Jun 2020 (updated by CSC)

Online application on CSC website (only in Chinese): http://apply.csc.edu.cn/csc/main/person/login/index.jsf

From Jun to Aug 2020

CSC selection process for the final candidates.

From Aug 2020

Upon confirmation of final candidates sent by CSC, VUB will send the official admission letters to the final candidates. Accecpted students will be informed by CSC for the final arrangement for the scholarship.

As from Sep 2020

Enroll at VUB, and participate the info session especially organised for CSC students. We strongly suggest students to arrive VUB one week before the official start of academic year.

*Please take the original documents (gongzhengjian) of your authorized/translated Graduation Certificate, Degree Certificate, and Transcript of your Master programme in home university.

*Please note that this schedule may be subject to change under certain circumstances.

Postdoctoral Candidates and Visiting Scholars

Please send an e-mail, mentioning 'CSC Postdoc Application' or 'CSC Visiting Scholars Application'  in the subject, with attachments of your CV in English, a motivation letter,  the topic of research you are interested in and a short description of your research topic. We will then match your request with a corresponding research group at VUB. If you already have a VUB promoter, please inform us the name of the promoter, research topic and duration via email. 

 

** New poilcy about APS certificate

The final candidates who obtained VUB-CSC scholarship do not need APS certificate any more as from the academic year 2018-2019. CSC grant holders are exempted completely from the APS certificate but only based on the exemption name list provided by the International Relations office at VUB to the relevant Belgian authority. If the candidates applied through this website, the names will be added into the list automatically. If the candidates applied through other channels, please notify the International Relations office by sending an email to: international.relations@vub.be

More information about APS can be found here.

Contact

Should you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us by sending an e-mail to international.relations@vub.be. Please mention 'CSC PhD Application' or 'CSC Postdoctoral Application' in the subject of your e-mail.

If you are willing to be informed of the new call of next session; if you would like to be informed about China related news, events at VUB, please subscribe to the mailing list on VUB China Network: www.chinanetworkvub.eu

**NOTE: Please note that you are using valuable time of the supervisors (or say promoters) for your PhD application. If you are accepted by a VUB supervisor but later decide to use the offer from another university (instead of VUB) to apply for CSC scholarship, please respectfully inform the supervisor and the VUB International Relations office immediately. You may otherwise offend the supervisor and might be reported to CSC.

 

International Relations and Mobility

VUB-IRMO
Pleinlaan 2
B-1050 Brussels
Belgium

E-mail: international.relations@vub.ac.be
Tel: +32 2 614 81 01
Fax: +32 2 614 80 80

IRMO is offering social and administrative assistance to people in mobility at VUB.

We manage international programmes, and offer support in creating international projects with academics.

IRMO is also organising a wide range of activities with multiple partners and student associations.

VUB China Network

For more information about the collaboration between VUB and Chinese institutions, VUB China Alumni Association, and practical information, please visit the website of VUB China Network (in both English and Chinese).