China Scholarship Council (CSC)

CSC and UON have an agreement to jointly support candidates from the People’s Republic of China to undertake a PhD at the University of Newcastle. Upon successful completion, students enrolled under this scheme will receive a PhD from the University of Newcastle. In addition UON may also accept students from Chinese university partner institutions as part of the Visiting Postgraduate Research Students scheme. Students under this scheme may be considered for admission into a Dual Award program and receive their PhD from both the University of Newcastle and their home university in China.

CSC candidates are highly valued by the University and recognised as being high achievers. We encourage applications from candidates in all areas of study – we offer PhD programs in over 80 disciplines.

The above tabs will direct you to information for all PhD applicants. While some of this information will apply to you, additional information specific to China Scholarship Council (CSC) applicants is below. Use the drop down menus to find out more about completing your PhD at the University of Newcastle and how to apply. If you have any questions please contact us on

The University of Newcastle (UON) is ranked in the top 250 in the world, according to two global independent ranking systems.

UON is a research-intensive university which has a vibrant research culture and registers on the global stage through collaboration with research peers, industry, government and the community. Our research centres bring together our top researchers and promote cross-faculty and cross-disciplinary research to achieve research outcomes that have significant impact on society - nationally and internationally.

The University of Newcastle offers a supportive environment for students to undertake their research degree studies. We understand that PhD students need to dedicate their time to their studies and are ideally not distracted by any additional financial burden. With this in mind, CSC will provide each student selected under this program with a living allowance for the term of the scholarship, a return airfare to Australia, visa application fees, and the cost of the Australian Government approved Overseas Student Health Cover. Living allowance top ups from the University of Newcastle may also be available.

Additionally each CSC scholar will receive:

  • A free Dell laptop computer
  • Research related costs of $1500 per annum.
  • The opportunity to join our cultural connections program, available to all international students to develop friendships and learn about Australian customs

Please see the Resources and Support tab above for more information on resources available to all University of Newcastle research students.

The University of Newcastle has developed a code specifically for all Chinese Scholarship Council applicants wishing to study with us. Applicants are requested to enter the 'Pre-identified candidate code' when submitting their online application. This code will enable us to quickly identify China Scholarship Council applications and ensure that these are prioritised and supported throughout the application process. Applicants wishing to study with the University of Newcastle can expect to receive a prompt outcome regarding their application.

When completing your application, please ensure to include the code: CSC2018 in the 'Pre-identified candidate code' field, which can be found at the top of the 'Supporting Documentation' page as shown below.

pre-identified candidate code

The University assesses all applications on a case-by-case basis. For international students, completion of a four year bachelor degree with a high GPA is the standard entry requirement. Additional postgraduate research training such as a Masters degree with a significant research component is also highly regarded.

In addition to academic eligibility, offers of admission are made dependent upon there being appropriate supervisory capacity to oversee the proposed research.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate meeting the University's English proficiency policy. The most common method of meeting this is an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and no subtest below 6.0 (for PhD programs in School of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing and Midwifery or the School of Medicine and Public Health the overall IELTS score required is 7.0 with each subtest of at least 6.5).

Additional requirements include:

  • You must be a citizen and permanent resident of the People's Republic of China at the time of application and not be working or studying abroad.
  • You will require an offer of admission from the University of Newcastle before you apply to the CSC for scholarship.

CSC Visiting Scholar and Dual Award Doctoral Degree

Students successful for a CSC visiting scholar scholarship to spend 12 months or more at the University of Newcastle may consider applying to a Dual Awarded Doctoral Degree. UON’s Dual Award PhD program enables the CSC visiting scholar to complete their PhD degree jointly at UON and at their current Chinese University, and receive recognition for such on their degree testamurs. The Dual Award PhD is governed by an individual agreement for each candidate. The PhD candidate receives two testamurs, one from each university with each acknowledging that the degree was undertaken as part of a dual award program with the partner university. Dual Award degrees can be undertaken in any discipline where there are suitable supervisors available at both UON and the partner institution.

You may discuss the possibility of enrolling in a Dual Award Doctoral Degree with your nominated supervisor at UON. For more information on Dual Award Doctoral Degree programs for CSC visiting scholars please contact us on

Students from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply for University of Newcastle International Scholarships. More information on these opportunities is available here. The University of Newcastle offers all applicants an opportunity to enhance their application and increase the chances of being successful for a scholarship. Please follow this link for more information on how to enhance your scholarship application.

The University of Newcastle is ranked in the top 1 percent of universities in the world, according to two global independent ranking systems¹. This means out of more that 9,000 universities in the world we are i the top 250.












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The next steps:

  1. Discuss your ideas with a potential supervisor at the University of Newcastle. Search for supervisors in your area of interest. 

      Essential to the success of all PhD students is having an expert and supportive supervisory team. It is important to ensure that HDR candidates are matched with the right supervisors. In order to start this process, we will forward details of your research interests to relevant professors at the University of Newcastle. If suitable potential supervisors are identified, they will make contact with you via email to discuss your research interests with you. You can also look up the research interests of staff members via Find a Supervisor. If you identify a potential supervisor, please feel free to email him or her to discuss your research. Potential supervisors of your research will email you to discuss your research interests, and they may suggest that you have a Skype conversation.

  2. Think about your research topic.  Our research proposal template may be useful as a guide.

      You need to submit a research proposal with your PhD application. The proposal needs to describe your proposed area, your research aims, your planned methodology, expected outcomes and the significance of your planned research. In addition you should submit a timeline for your proposed degree. You can download a proposal template here. You should work on your research proposal with your supervisors – you do not have to have a complete research proposal before you talk with them.

      When CSC evaluate your research proposal to determine whether or not to offer you a scholarship they will want to know why you have chosen to conduct your research at the University of Newcastle so make sure you explain in your proposal the value of studying at Newcastle and working with your supervisor (highlight his/her academic standing and any specialist facilities that are available). In addition you should make clear the value of your planned research, especially the impact of your research to China.

  3. Register and apply for admission.  You will need the following documents and information as part of your application submission:
    1. Official translations in English of your Bachelor degree/s including transcripts
    2. Official translations in English of your Master's degree/s including transcripts
    3. Your IELTS test results

        In order to study for a PhD at the University of  Newcastle will need to meet the English Language requirements for postgraduate study. The most common method of meeting this is an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and no subtest below 6.0 (for PhD programs in School of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing and Midwifery or the School of Medicine and Public Health the overall IELTS score required is 7.0 with each subtest of at least 6.5). If you have not yet taken an English language test you should do so as soon as possible – you will have to meet the required standard of proficiency before an unconditional letter of offer to study at the University of Newcastle can be issued.

    4. Your curriculum vitae
    5. Evidence of any publications you have authored
    6. Your research proposal
    7. The name of your potential supervisor/s at the University of Newcastle
    8. Please include "CSC Applicant" at the scholarship question so that we can fast track your application.
    9. To assist you through the application process, please see our Guide to Submitting an Application.
  4. Once we have received your online application with copies of your academic transcripts, our admissions team along with professors in your area of research will assess your academic background to make sure that you have the appropriate background for your intended course of study. It is possible that you might be asked to do additional courses alongside your PhD to supplement your prior learning.
  5. When your application for admission is approved, the University of Newcastle will send you an Offer of Admission letter that you can use for your visa application. To apply for a student visa before traveling to Australia, please follow this link. Please be aware that an Offer of Admission at the University does not guarantee that Australian Department of Home Affairs will issue you a Student Visa – see details of eligibility requirements. International students need a student visa – Student visa (subclass 500) – to study in Australia. For information and assistance on visa requirements and application processes – see here.  This visa allows eligible family members to accompany you to Australia for the duration of your course of study and allows both you and your family members to work for a specified number of hours.
    1. Please be aware that it can take 2-3 months (or sometimes longer) for a visa application to be processed.

If you have any questions, UON Graduate Research would be pleased to assist you.  Please email us at

We look forward to welcoming you to Newcastle.