Special Research Fund - Cofunding for Chinese PhD candidates holding a CSC-preference grant 2022

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 and 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 (approximately) 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 (weighted) 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 2022
  • ! 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 . 

How to apply for this call

  • Application forms must be submitted (in English) electronically via e-mail to BOFapplication@ugent.be
  • alongside the application form, the Ghent University supervisor must send a separate questionnaire on the ethical & biosafety context of the proposed PhD research (also available on this website) .
Students will be ranked on the basis of their bachelor result. They must include a transcript of records (or other official document) that attests their weighted bachelor study result (score/100 or GPA ). Students who mention a GPA must always indicate the maximum score that can be obtained (e.g. …/3, …/4,…/5) and must add an official attestation of the used grading/credit system + conversion scale into a 100 percentage scale. If needed, students are advised to contact the student administration of their respective universities to attest their study result. Without this information the application will not be considered eligible.

Application for the Ghent University CSC preference programme & admission as a PhD student

  1. Chinese students who are eligible to apply for a CSC 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
  2. An application for the Ghent University CSC preference programme does not guarantee that a student is admitted as a future PhD student. Students that are accepted by a Ghent University professor must ask their future supervisor to start the online admission procedure to become admitted as a PhD student before the Ghent University CSC preference deadline.
  3. The admission procedure does not have to be completed at the time of the deadline in Ghent, but it will need to be finished at the time of the CSC scholarship deadline in China.

Personal or preference CSC scholarship?

  • All eligible  CSC applicants who have the support of a Ghent University supervisor and are admitted as future PhD student can apply for a  CSC personal scholarship in China.
  • Only future CSC applicants who have secured a preselection for the Ghent University CSC preference scholarship can apply for the CSC preference scholarship in China. These applicants must also have the support of a Ghent University professor and must be admitted a future PhD student at Ghent University.
  • 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 at the same time for a  CSC personal scholarship.



new deadline!
Please note that the 2022 deadline for the submission of applications has been postponed by one week.
The new deadline is 18 January 2021. For questions, please note that the BOF administration will be closed from December 24, 2021 to January 9, 2022.
  • Deadline Ghent University: preselection preference programme : 18 January 2022
  • Deadline CSC: personal & preference programme: deadline expected spring 2022, check the CSC website.

Starting date

  • The co-financing is available from 1 October 2022 and amounts to the number of months CSC grant x € 310


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

For general questions on CSC personal scholarship applications: please contact: cscscholarship@ugent.be

Call and application forms

    Scientific report

    Final report : within three months following upon the end of the grant a final scientific/scholarly report has to be sent electronically to . The promoter and co-promoter (if applicable) are included in this e-mail (either as sender, or in CC).