1. Who can apply?
Q: I’m now working in China. Can I apply for this scholarship program?
A: You can apply, but you have to submit documents showing your status as an on-post employee and permission of release if you get admission. International students cannot work at the same time and also this scholarship program is only offered to full-time postgraduate students.
Q: I’m now studying in China and will graduate in July of 2017. Can I apply for this scholarship program?
A: If you are currently pursuing master study and will graduate by July, 2017, you can apply for this scholarship. Applicants currently pursuing doctoral degrees at any university/institution in China are NOT eligible for this fellowship.
Q: I’m now in the last year of my program (not in China) and will graduate soon. Can I apply?
A: You can apply as long as you can provide a Pre-graduation Certificate to ensure that you will complete your study and obtain official degree certificate by July of 2017.
Q: I graduated recently (not from China) and waiting for the official degree certificate. Can I apply?
A: You can apply as long as you can obtain official degree certificate by July of 2017.
2. How to apply?
Q: Do I need to pay any application fees?
A: No, you don’t. We don’t charge any application fees for this scholarship program.
Q: Can I apply without an accepting supervisor?
A: No, you can’t. Applicants for this scholarship program must find a host supervisor.
Q: Can I contact two host supervisor simultaneously?
A: One applicant can only submit one application package to the Fellowship Office. Once the Fellowship Office received two application package of the same applicant, the applicant must annul one of the two applications.
Q: If I can’t get pre-acceptance from one of USTC professors, how should I proceed with my application?
A: We encourage you to contact professors in related research field (professors’ profile:http://en.ustc.edu.cn/faculty/201105/t20110530_112483.html ) to get pre-acceptance. Fully communication between professors and applicants before admission has very positive influence for future study and research.
Q: If I can get pre-acceptance from one of USTC professors, how much chance is there for me to get final admission?
A: We’re not able to tell how much chance. Besides acceptance by professor, the applications will also be reviewed by departments and university selection committee. Number of scholarship places is limited. However, fully communication between professors and applicants before admission has very positive influence for future study and research.
Q: How can I find which program is taught in English?
A: Most of the doctoral degree programs can be conducted in English, while so far only several master degree programs in the field of management, business administration and public administration are conducted in English, but we strongly suggest you confirm the medium language of the program with professors and departments.
Q: Where can I get information for a specific program, like courses, credits, requirements, etc.?
A: You may refer to our Graduate School for such information (in Chinese): http://gradschool.ustc.edu.cn/ylb/material/py/gzzd/17.pdf As for information in English, we suggest you to contact professors or departments.
Q: My passport will expire soon. Can I still use it to apply for this scholarship program?
A: The passport you used for application should still be valid for one more year, because if you get admission, the passport information will be required for making admission documents and applying for visa in August.
Q: What should I submit for “Photocopy of degree certificate and academic transcript notarized by Ministry of Education or equivalent authority”?
A: You have to get the photocopy of your original degree certificate and transcripts to be notarized Ministry of Education or equivalent authority, like HEC.
Q: Where should I get physical examination?
A: Public hospital would be a good choice. For private hospital, we suggest you to confirm with Chinese embassy to see whether it is recognized.
Q: I know English well and want to apply for a program taught in English, but I don’t have TOFEL or IELTS result. What should I do?
A: You have to submit other documents as a proof of your English proficiency.
Q: Is there any other scholarship available in your university? Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
A: We also have Chinese Government Scholarship and USTC Fellowship for postgraduate study (http://isa.ustc.edu.cn). Theoretically you can apply for more than one scholarship program to our university, but if you do, please let us know, and also please be noted that it does not mean that you will definitely get admission at least by one scholarship program.
Q: Can I apply for USTC and UCAS at the same time?
A: No, you have to choose one university, either USTC or UCAS.
Q: I failed to submit the online application several times. What should I do?
A: If your online application can’t be made successfully several times, please check whether you open it with the appropriate browser. The supporting browsers for this system could be IE or Google Chrome.
Q: Is there an examination or interview conducted after the submission of application?
A: Normally, the application documents are reviewed for the admission result, but for some schools/departments, a writing test or interview may be conducted after the documents review. You will be further notified about the test and interview if necessary.
Q: How will you select applications?
A: 1. All the complete applications will be reviewed by Office of International Cooperation for the first round to check mainly the eligibility. 2. Applications passed in the first round will be reviewed by professors, departments and schools for the second round to check mainly academic background, research capability and intended research field. 3. Applications passed the second round will be reviewed by USTC selection committee to finalize the list of nominated candidates and waiting list and submit to TWAS in May. 4. TWAS will review the lists and application documents and finalize the list of awardees in July.
Q: When and where can I know the result?
A: You can check the status of your application in this online application system. The final list of awardees will be announced on our website in July.
Q: If I get admission, when can I receive admission documents?
A: We will send to you by post the admission documents after we receive the result from CSC, usually in late July or August.
Q: What should I do if I receive admission documents?
A: After receiving admission documents, you should apply for student visa as soon as possible in Chinese Embassy/Consulate and get prepared for coming.
Q: If I get admission, when will the semester start?
A: It will start on Sept.1, 2017.
Q: If I don’t get admission with this scholarship, can I apply for admission as a self-financed student?
A: Yes, you can send us an email about your application for self-financed program if you don’t get scholarship admission.