KI - CSC Programme

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) and Karolinska Institutet signed an agreement in August, 2015. The agreement entitles KI to receive up to 30 PhD students, 20 post-doc fellows, 5 visiting researchers, and 5 master degree students supported by CSC scholarships per year during 2016-2020. For the master degree students, the scholarship recipients will also receive a CSC-KI joint support to cover tuition fees.

Updated general procedures of the application for the scholarships are as follows:

Potential KI hosts

  • Before September 25, interested hosts at KI submit a one-page intent of research hosting to KI. These project descriptions will be listed at the CSC website prior to the CSC 2016 Recruitment Fairs in mid October, in which KI representatives will participate. Interested KI hosts must also inform their department chair of their interest to host a CSC scholarship applicant. 
  • From October, 2016 to February, 2017, students, post-docs, and visiting scholars will contact potential KI supervisors or hosts according to their research interests. KI hosts are recommended to have direct communications with applicant’s references, and to conduct interviews for the evaluation and judgement of applicant’s scientific competence. 
  • Before the end of January, 2017: If a mutual agreement is reached, the supervisor/host will issue a letter of invitation together with a detailed research plan for the research training, usually 2-4 pages,. Importantly, the supervisor should send a copy of the letter of invitation to KI international office for documentation and for KI’s recommendation to CSC.
  • It should also be noted that it is not advisable for KI supervisors/hosts to issue more letters of invitation than their actual hosting capacities, and that the KI supervisor must top up the CSC stipend to the minimum level required by KI for registered PhD students and post-docs. 

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Master's students

  • Students seeking a master’s degree education at KI must apply in the international application round for master’s programmes - application submitted by 16 January 2017 (opens on 17 October, 2016) and completed no later than 1 February 2017. However, the students applying for CSC supports are advised to submit and complete their applications as early as possible.
  • The application for the master’s programme and supporting documents must be submitted at
  • CSC applicants must submit an interest form at by 1 January 2017 the latest.

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PhD students, postdocs and visiting scholars

  • From October, 2016 to February 1, 2017, students, post-docs, and visiting scholars should identify and contact potential KI supervisors or hosts according to their research interests from, but not limited to, the list of KI hosts published at CSC website. 

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All prospective Chinese applicants 

  • During February 17-26, 2017: With the letter of invitation and a research plan (for PhD students, post-docs, and visiting scholars) or the letter of admission (for master degree students), the applicants submit their online applications for CSC scholarships at the CSC website under the category of CSC-KI collaborative project (国家留学基金委与卡罗林斯卡医学院合作项目). Upon completing their online application, the applicants submit their hardcopy applications with all required documents to their own universities/institutions for institutional endorsement/recommendation. After going through institutional endorsement procedures, the universities/institutions will mail the hardcopy applications to CSC. Notably, CSC must receive the complete applications (both online and hardcopy applications) by March 3, 2017. Hence, it is highly recommendable that all applicants complete online application early, and proceed to institutional endorsement early.
  • For the applicants who presently are in Sweden, they can submit their applications through Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Stockholm.

KI collects all issued letters of invitation or global master’s degree programme admission, and prepare a list of the applicants having received a letter of invitation or admission. The list will be sent to CSC before March 1, 2017.

CSC organizes independent evaluations of all submitted applications during late March to early May, 2017.

CSC informs applicants’ universities/institutions, as well as KI of the final outcome of the applications in late May, 2017.

KI International Relations Office informs KI supervisors/hosts, as well as admissions office of global master’s degree programmes of the outcomes of CSC scholarship applications upon receiving the notifications from CSC.

KI supervisors/hosts and corresponding CSC scholarship awardees plan the doctoral education or visiting research at KI. CSC-funded master’s degree students should contact the admissions office of the global master’s degree programmes for information about enrolment and housing assistance.

Examples of Letter of Invitation

Here are two examples of Letters of Invitation for a PhD student and for a postdoc.


If you have any questions please contact Dr Katarina Drakenberg, KI international coordinator for China, or associate professor Nailin Li, KI academic coordinator for China.