PhD Programmes in collaboration with China Scholarship Council

The initiative for attracting excellent Chinese graduates.

The pre-selection for a.y. 2024-2025 will be available from November 29th, 2023 h. 9:00am CET to January 15th, 2024 h. 1:00pm CET.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted on Studenti Online. The required mandatory attachments to the application form are listed below.

Required application materials:

  • Copy of a valid Passport or ID with photo with translation in Italian or English
  • CV and academic background
  • Degrees and translation into English
  • Research project
  • language proficiency certificates (one of the following):

    1) Bachelor's degree or above in English/Italian.

    2) Have studied in English/Italian speaking country no less than one academic year (8-12 months) or worked in English/Italian speaking country at least for one year continuously in the past ten years.

    3) Have passed the "National Foreign Language Proficiency Test (WSK)" in English.

    4) A valid IELTS (Academic) certificate with a total score of at least 6.5; a valid TOEFL (IBT) test score of at least 95; or have obtained a certificate of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR/CECRL) of B2 level or above for Italian Language.

    5) Have obtained a certificate of Italian language of intermediate level (or English of advanced level) from Training Centers for Overseas Study designated by the Ministry of Education of China.


If you have questions about applying, please contact AFORM - PhD Unit for assistance. You can also contact the Asia Institute (email addresses are provided in the contacts box).

The University of Bologna and the China Scholarship Council signed a Cooperation Agreement promoting the enrolment of excellent Chinese graduates in Unibo PhD programmes.

In compliance with the provisions set forth in the Cooperation Agreement, the selection is a two-fold process: a pre-selection at UNIBO and a further selection at CSC.

The first step will be carried out exclusively online and is aimed at selecting applicants willing to enrol in a PhD Programme in Bologna.
At a later stage, preselected applicants will then have to apply to CSC call on the CSC website, according to the deadlines mentioned there, for the prospective awarding of a scholarship.


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