There are various Chinese Government Scholarship programs made available to students based on geographical location. University of Toronto students are eligible for the Bilateral Program.

This includes full or partial scholarships in accordance with the educational exchange agreements or consensus between the Chinese government and governments of other countries, institutions, universities or international organizations. It supports undergraduate students, graduate students, general scholars and senior scholars.

Applicants should apply to the dispatching authorities for overseas study of their home countries.

Historically, Ontario has been granted 50 scholarships administered to eligible students. We are very pleased that the University of Toronto has secured 15 of those scholarships. 

Note: This is NOT a summer exchange opportunity. This scholarship applies to academic year exchanges only. 


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How to apply Application instructions
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Scholarship funding

  • Undergraduate students: CNY 2,500/month (Approx. $500 CAD/month)
  • Master’s students/general scholars: CNY 3,000/month (Approx. $600 CAD/month)
  • Doctoral students/senior scholars: CNY 3,500/month (Approx. $700 CAD/month)
  • Tuition waived
  • Accommodation provided on campus OR accommodation subsidy
  • Medical insurance


  1. Applicants must be a citizen of a country other than the People’s Republic of China and be in good health.
  2. Requirements for applicants’ degree and age are:
    • For the undergraduate program: be a high school graduate under the age of 25 at time of application
    • For the master’s programs: be a bachelor’s degree holder under the age of 35 at time of application
    • For the doctoral programs: be a master’s degree holder under the age of 40 at time of application
    • For the general scholar program: have a high school diploma (or higher) holder under the age of 45
    • For the senior scholar program: be a masters’ degree holder or an associate professor (or above) under the age of 50 at time of application

How to apply

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Apply through the CIE: By applying through the Centre for International Experience, students will continue to pay their tuition to the University of Toronto and are eligible for a stipend. Additionally, students are able to transfer credits received from the host institution.
  2. Apply independently: As an independent application, you will pay your tuition to your host institution. This option may be cheaper, but you will not be eligible to receive a stipend from the University of Toronto and your credits may not be transferrable.

All applicants must register via the Safety Abroad Office. Applicants must obtain a Letter of Permission from their department if they are not applying through the CIE.

*If you are a successful CGS recipient, the Chinese Embassy will forward documents needed for your VISA to the CIE regardless of whether you applied through the CIE or independently. Therefore, all applicants must submit a completed Intake Form online to the CIE.

How to apply independently

Instructions for the Chinese Government Scholarship Information System

  • Step 1: Visit or and click Scholarship 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 username and password. For new users, 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 choice 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 and your application will not be accepted.
    • Your Program Category is Type A and Agency Number is 1243. 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 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 can 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. The submitted documents will be the only reference for the applied universities to confirm the admission.
  • 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.
  • Step 8: You can download and print the completed Application Form by clicking Print the Application Form.
  • Step 9: Send the paper application form and other supporting documents to the dispatching authorities if they require you to do so.

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Only Chinese and English are accepted for the online application.

Important dates

Application deadline: February 2, 2020

Contact us

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