ChinaPacific Islands Forum (PIF) Scholarship
China/Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) scholarship scheme is a full scholarship provided for PIF member countries by the Ministry of Education of China (hereinafter referred to as MOE). MOE entrusts China Scholarship Council (hereinafter referred to as CSC) to handle the enrollment of international students and carry out the routine management of this scholarship program.
Categories of Applicants Duration of Scholarship and Instruction language
Categories of Applicants
Duration of Scholarship
4-5 academic years
Master’s Degree Students
2-3 academic years
Doctor’s Degree Students
3-4 academic years
1-2 academic years
The courses will be taught either in English or in Chinese. Candidates who apply for courses instructed in Chinese are required to take one or two years’ remedial Chinese language course and pass the examinations prior to the major study if their Chinese language level is not qualified. If students take one or two years’ Chinese language, the duration of the scholarship will be extended for one or two years.
Some courses in some institutions of higher education can be taught in English.
The applicants may apply to PIF Secretariat between January and April every year.
1. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens, but citizens of PIF member countries in good health.
2.The educational background and age limit:
- Applicants for undergraduate studies must have senior high school diploma with good grade and be under the age of 25.
- Applicants for master degree studies must have bachelor’s degree and be under the age of 35.
- Applicants for Doctoral degree studies must have master’s degree and be under the age of 40.
- Chinese language students must have senior high school diploma and be under the age of 35, will study the major of Chinese language in China.
- General scholar candidates must have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies and be under the age of 45, may study all majors besides Chinese language.
- Senior scholar candidates must have master’s degree or higher or hold academic titles of associate professor or above, and be under the age of 50.
Details of the Scholarship
- Exempt from registration fee, tuition fee, fee for laboratory experiment, fee for internship, fee for basic learning materials and accommodation on campus;
- Living allowance;
- One-off settlement subsidy after registration;
- Fee for outpatient medical service, Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Benefit Plan for International Students in China;
- One-off inter-city travel subsidy.
1) Costs of the laboratory experiment or internship that beyond the university’s arrangements should be afforded by the student himself.
2) Fee for basic learning materials covers the necessary learning materials prescribed by the host institution, and other materials shall be self afforded.
3) Monthly living allowance is paid to the students by the host institution at the following rates (CNY Yuan per month):
- Undergraduates: CNY 1,400 Yuan
- Chinese language students: CNY 1,400 Yuan
- Master degree students, general scholars: CNY 1,700 Yuan
- Doctoral degree students, senior scholars: CNY 2,000 Yuan
Scholarship students shall get their monthly living allowance from the date of registration. New students who register before 15th (15th included) of the registration month will get the full amount of the living allowance of that month, and those who register after 15th will get half amount. The graduates will be given a living allowance for another 15 days after the graduation time set by the university. The allowance will be terminated from the next month after students suspend their studies, drop school or complete schooling from the university. Monthly living allowance covers school holidays. Scholarship students who do not get the monthly living allowance during holidays can get that upon return on campus. The allowance will be suspended for one month if students do not register on time without permission from the university in advance, leave for non-health reasons or are absent from the university over a month.
Students who have to suspend their studies because of serious diseases should go back to the home country and pay for the international trip by themselves. With the university’s approval, the scholarship status can be reserved for at most one year, and their living allowances will be suspended at the same time. The scholarship will be terminated for those who suspend their studies for other reasons.
4) New students will get one-off settlement subsidy upon arrival in China.
- CNY 1,000 Yuan for new students who will study in China up to six months
- CNY 1,500 Yuan for new students who will study in China for one academic year or more
5) Fee for outpatient medical service refers to the outpatient expense in the institution’s hospital or the hospitals appointed by the institution. The students should pay for a certain percentage of expense in accordance with the institution’s relevant regulations.
6) Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Benefit Plan for International Students in China is provided by MOE for the scholarship students in China in case of hospitalizing for serious diseases and accidental injuries. The institutions or the appointed medical assistance agency provide advancement service for insurance expenses, and claim for compensation with relevant payment receipts from the insurance company according to the stipulated insurance articles. The claim of individual student will not be accepted by the insurance company.
7) One-off inter-city travel ticket (each for coming-in and leaving China)
Scholarship students are supposed to choose the nearest port to their admitting institutions for inter-city travel and a hard-seat train ticket (hard-berth train ticket for overnight trip) will be provided for new scholarship students transferring from the port of entry upon registration to the city where the admitting institution or Chinese language training institution, preparatory education institution is located, students transferring from the Chinese language training institution or the preparatory education institution to the city where the university for major study is located, and students transferring from the city where the institution is located to the nearest port for departure upon graduation. Expenses for food during the trip and excess of baggage should be self-afforded.
8) International travel expenses: funded by Chinese government.