Chinese Government Scholarship-PIF Program

PIF Program is a full scholarship established by MOE to encourage students from Pacific island countries to study and conduct research in China.

I  Supporting Categories, Duration and Instruction Language

1. Supporting Category

This program supports undergraduate students, graduate students, general scholars and senior scholars.

2. Duration

The scholarship covers both major study and Chinese language (preparatory study), as specified in the Admission Letter.

Supporting CategoriesMajor Study(year)Chinese language (preparatory Study)(year)Duration ofScholarship(year)
Undergraduate students4-51- 24-7
Master’s students2-31-22-5
Doctoral students3-41- 23-6
General scholarsup to 1up to 1Up to 2
Senior scholarsup to 1up to 1Up to 2

3. Instruction Language

Undergraduate scholarship recipients must register for Chinese-taught credit courses. Graduate and non-degree scholarship students can register for either the Chinese-taught program or the English-taught program if applicable. Program Search (By visiting or can help you find the program and university you’re interested in.

IIScholarship Coverage

The Program provides full scholarship which covers tuition waiver, accommodation, stipend, and comprehensive medical insurance. Please refer to Introduction to CGS-Coverage and Standard for details of each item. This scholarship also covers a one-way air ticket (economy class) for new scholarship recipient to China upon their first registration and a one-way air ticket (economy class) back to their country from China upon their graduation

III  Where and When to Apply

Where to Apply

You should apply to Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat.

When to Apply

  You need to apply between early January and early April. Please consult the PIF Secretariat for the specific deadline of each year.


1. Applicants must be a citizen of a PIF member country, and be in good health

2. The requirements for applicants’ degree and age are that applicants must:

     be a high school graduate under the age of 25 when applying for the undergraduate programs;

     be a bachelor’s degree holder under the age of 35 when applying for the master’s programs;

     be a master’s degree holder under the age of 40 when applying for the doctoral programs;

     be under the age of 45 and have a high school diploma (or higher) when applying for the general scholar programs;

     be a master’s degree holder or an associate professor (or above) under the age of 50 when applying for the senior scholar programs.

VApplication Procedure

Step 1 – Apply to PIF Secretariat for CGS opportunity.   

Step 2 – Apply to your target university for the Pre-admission Letter once recommended by the dispatching authorities as an eligible candidate.

Step 3 – Complete the online application procedure at CGS Information Management System for International Students (Visit or and click “Application Online” to log in), submit online the completed Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship, and print a hard copy. Please consult PIF Secretariat for Instructions of CGS Information Management System for International Students and Agency Number.

Step 4 – Submit all your application documents to PIF Secretariat before the deadline.


Only applications of recommended candidates from PIF Secretariat will be considered. No other applications or individual application directly sent to CSC will be considered. Candidates holding the Pre-admission Letter will be placed in the host university; those without the Pre-admission Letter should accept CSC’s placement of university.

VI  Application Documents (in duplicate)

1. Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship(written in Chinese or English);

2. Notarized highest diploma (photocopy);

Prospective diploma recipients must submit official document issued by your current school to prove your current student status or expected graduation date. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations.

3. Academic transcripts (written in Chinese or English);

Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations.

4. A Study Plan or Research Proposal (written in Chinese or English);

This should be a minimum of 200 words for undergraduate students, 500 words for non-degree students, and 800 words for graduate students.

5. Two Recommendation Letters (written in Chinese or English);

Applicants for the graduate programs or the senior scholar programs must submit two recommendation letters signed by professors or associate professors.

6. A CD of your own works (only required for arts students);

       Applicants for music studies are requested to submit a CD of their own musical works. Applicants for the fine arts programs must submit a CD of their own works which include two sketches, two      color paintings and two other works.

7. Valid documents of your legal guardians in China (only required for applicants under the age of 18);

8. Foreigner Physical Examination Form (photocopy). (The original copy will be kept by yourself and the form is uniformly printed by Chinese healthy quarantine departments. It must be written in English, only required for applicants planning to stay in China for more than 6 months, can be downloaded from or The physical examinations must cover all of the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete forms or forms without the signature of the attending physician, or the official stamp of the hospital, or a sealed photograph of the applicant are considered as invalid. Please carefully plan your physical examination schedule as the result is valid for only 6 months.

9. The copy of Pre-admission Letter from designated Chinese university (if available);

10. The copy of valid HSK Certificate (if available).


All documents should be bound together on top left corner in the order of 6.1 to 6.10.

You should submit TWO sets of bound documents.

No application documents will be returned.

VII Placement & Scholarship Confirmation

1. Application documents of recommended candidates from PIF Secretariat will be considered by CSC for eligibility and qualification. Ineligible or incomplete applications will not be considered.

2. Qualified applications will be sent to universities for placement. Based on various factors, such as the different scholarship funding requirements of every country, the host university’s teaching capacity, study length and applicants’ criteria, CSC reserves the right to make necessary adjustments/changes to the candidate’s host university, field of study, supporting categories and duration of scholarship. Applications enclosed with the Pre-admission Letter will be sent to the universities who issued that Letter for placement confirmation.

3. After placement confirmation by Chinese universities, scholarship recipients will get Chinese government scholarships to study in China with approval by CSC. Each scholarship recipient will be granted with no more than one scholarship.

4. CSC reviews the placement results, approves the List of Scholarship Recipients and sends the admission documents to PIF Secretariat before July 31st. The PIF Secretariat will send the admission documents (Admission Letter and Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW201)) to the scholarship recipients.

5. Scholarship recipients shall not allowed to change their host university, field of study, or duration of study stipulated on the Admission Letter after their coming to China.

6. Scholarship will not be reserved if scholarship recipients cannot register before the registration deadline.

VIII Contact Information of Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Mr. Filipe Jitoko / Ms. Glynis Miller (Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat)

Tel: +679-3312600, 3220211, 3220214

Fax: +679-3220221, 3220282

Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

Address: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Private Mail Bag, Suva, Fiji

IX  Contact information of Division of International Students Affairs, China Scholarship Council

Tel: 0086-10-66093977

Fax: 0086-10-66093972

Email: [email protected]


Address: Division of International Students Affairs, China Scholarship Council

           Level 13, Building A3, No.9 Chegongzhuang Avenue, Beijing, P. R. China.

Postcode: 100044