Special Research Fund - Cofunding for Chinese PhD candidates holding a CSC-grant

Ghent University has signed a cooperation agreement with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to stimulate Ghent University as host institution for Chinese PhD students. This cooperation agreement will last for 5 years from 1 August 2018 until 31 July 2023.


In the framework of this cooperation agreement Ghent University:

  •  exempts all admitted CSC PhD students  (CSC personal & preference scholarship) from paying tuition & bench fees 
  • offers an extra research allowance towards 10 CSC preference scholarship students

Ghent University Preference programme for Chinese PhD CSC candidates

  1. Every year before the deadline of CSC, Ghent University will select 15 future CSC applicants who choose Ghent University as host institution.  These 15 students will be invited to apply for a CSC preference scholarship. 
  2. CSC will select out of this group of students (maximum) 10 students for a CSC preference scholarship. These students will dispose, by means of their Ghent University supervisor, of an extra research allowance of €310/month on top of their CSC-scholarship. 

Who can apply for this call

 This call is highly competitive. To be eligible candidates must prove to:

  • have obtained a bachelor score of minimum 85/100 or must prove to have a minimum GPA (grade point average) that equals this score. AND
  • have a master degree/be in the final year of their master studies/have been enrolled as PhD student. AND
  • plan to apply for a CSC PhD scholarship  in 2020


  • ! Candidates who  already have obtained a CSC scholarship are not eligible.
  • ! Exchange CSC students who intend to obtain a PhD degree at their Chinese home university only, are not eligible . 


Chinese students who wish to apply for a CSC PhD scholarship to study at Ghent University must have secured the personal invitation of a Ghent University professor. Ghent University professors can decide autonomously who they will accept as a future PhD student. Candidates can look for a Ghent University supervisor in their domain of interest by browsing the list of faculties and research topics


How to apply for this call

  •  Applications must be submitted on the application forms provided on this website.

Success rate

The success rate for  Ghent University candidates for a preference scholarship is maximum 67% (maximum 10/15 candidates). The success rate for candidates for a personal scholarship is 35% (based on the results of the previous CSC call – spring 2019)

CSC applicants need to choose between the different available CSC scholarships. If students apply for the CSC preference scholarship (after being nominated by Ghent university) they will not be able to apply for the CSC personal scholarship.


  • Deadline Ghent University: preselection preference programme : 14 January 2020
  • Deadline CSC: personal & preference programme: see the CSC website

Further information:

For questions on the Ghent University Preference programme at CSC please contact: BOF@UGent.be

An application for the Ghent university programme does not guarantee that a student is admitted as future PhD student. Students that are accepted by a Ghent University professor are advised to start the admission procedure to become a PhD student before their CSC application.

For questions on admission:


For general questions on CSC personal scholarship applications: please contact the China platform: https://www.ugent.be/chinaplatform/en/about-us