Marine Scholarship of China

Date: 2019-01-05 Views:3006

Application Guidelines for 2019 Marine Scholarship of China


I. Introduction

The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) and China’s Ministry of Education jointly initiate the Marine Scholarship of China for the purpose of providing financial support to outstanding students from the coastal countries or regions around the South China Sea, the Pacific and the Indian Oceans and African, American developing countries to study in China for a master's or doctoral degree in oceanography or other related specialties, cultivating advanced professionals of the related fields for developing countries, enhancing international marine cooperation and exchange, and promoting the harmonious ocean development in the region and around the world. China Scholarship Council (CSC) is in charge of the admissions and routine management of the Scholarship.

II. Eligibility

1. Applicant must be non-Chinese citizens in good health, from a coastal/island country of South China Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific and its surrounding island countries, or an African, American developing country.

2. Applicant must apply for the postgraduate degree program of ocean-related specialties. Applicants will be given priority if they are currently engaged in oceanographic and relevant sectors.

3. Educational background and age limits (as of September 1, 2019):

(1) Master's degree programs: hold a bachelor's degree or above and be under the age of 40;

(2) Doctoral degree programs: hold a master's degree or above and be under the age of 45.

III. Academic Programs

XMU has an exceptional team for research and teaching in the oceanography and marine-related disciplines, being the birthplace of ocean studies and teaching in China. The discipline of Marine Science at XMU is a first-class national key discipline and has been chosen for inclusion in the Chinese Government’s Program of Building World-Class Disciplines. Its Coastal and Ocean Management Institute, College of Ocean and Earth Science, College of Environment and Ecology, and South China Sea Institute have made achievements in the marine-related scientific research and the cultivation of advanced professionals.

1. Chinese-medium postgraduate degree programs.


Master’s Program

Doctoral Program

South China Sea Institute

Law of the Sea

College of Ocean and Earth Science

Physical Oceanography, Marine Chemistry, Marine Biology, Marine Geology, Marine Physics, Marine Biotechnology

Physical Oceanography, Marine Chemistry, Marine Biology, Marine Geology, Marine Physics, Marine Biotechnology

College of Environment and Ecology

Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Ecology

Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Ecology

College of Humanities

Archaeology (Research Orientation: Maritime Archaeology),Chinese History (Research Orientation: Maritime History)

Archaeology (Research Orientation:   Maritime Archaeology),Chinese   History (Research Orientation: Maritime History), Anthropology   (Research Orientation: Maritime Anthropology)

School of Law

Environment and Resources Protection Law (Research Orientation: Marine Environmental Law and Policy)


School of Public Health

Occupational and Environmental Health (Research Orientation: Marine Environment & Health and Health Promotion Research)


College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering


Chemical Engineering (Research Orientation: Marine Chemical Engineering)

School of Life Sciences


Botany (Research Orientation: Marine Plant Physiology), Hydrobiology (Research Orientation: Marine Diatoms, Marine Microbiology, Molecular Ecology of Coastal Animals, Marine Pollution and Bioremediation)

2. English-medium postgraduate degree programs.


Master’s Program

Doctoral Program

Coastal and Ocean Management Institute

Marine Affairs

Marine Affairs

College of Environment and Ecology

Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Ecology

School of Life Sciences


Hydrobiology (Research Orientation: Marine Diatoms, Marine Pollution and Bioremediation)

Note: Scholarship recipients who are admitted to the academic programs marked with  are required to conduct studies and research in the designated research orientation.

IV. Duration of Scholarships

1. Master’s degree programs: 2 or 3 years;

2. Doctoral degree programs: 4 years.


(1) For those who have not met the entry requirements of Chinese proficiency level and wish to take remedial Chinese courses before the major study, they should also present the HSK certificate when applying. For programs in the humanities, economics, management, law, arts and traditional Chinese medicine, a certificate of new HSK band 4 is required. For programs in sciences, engineering and medicine, a certificate of new HSK band 3 is required. Only by passing the required new HSK test within the first year and meeting the entry requirements of the relevant degree programs could they then start the major study. English-medium programs do not have Chinese proficiency requirements.

(2) Scholarships recipients’ academic performance will be assessed each year and only those achieving the required standard will have their scholarship renewed for the following year.

V. Scholarships Quota: About 10-15. To be determined.

VI. Scholarships Coverage

1. Tuition fee;

2. On-campus accommodation fee oroff-campus accommodation monetary subsidy (RMB 700/month for master's programs; RMB 1,000/month for doctoral programs);

3. Living allowance (RMB 3,000/month for master's programs; RMB 3,500/month for doctoral programs);

4. Comprehensive medical insurance.

Note: Other expenses for study in China, such as international travel expenses, cost of physical examination, security deposit for on-campus accommodation, and cost of course materials, should be borne by the scholarship recipients themselves.

VII. Application Period: February 1 to April 15, 2019.

VIII.Application Procedures

Application for the Scholarship will be considered only after the applicant has been admitted to Xiamen University.

Application guidelines for master’s degree programs:

Application guidelines for doctoral degree programs:

1. Applicants shall make online application at Category: Type B; Agency No. of XMU: 10384) and print out the Application Form for Marine Scholarship. The Scholarships Application Form should be completed in Chinese or English and signed by the applicant.

2. Applicants shall make another online application at and upload the scan copy of Application Form for Marine Scholarship.


(1) Applicants are expected to submit a complete set of application materials and will be held responsible for the authenticity of their documents. Incomplete or forged application materials will be rejected.

(2) Applicants are expected to keep their phones on, check their email and online application account regularly as XMU's Admissions Office will contact them when necessary.

IX. Selection and Notification

A comprehensive review will be conducted on applicant’s academic background, academic record, work experience, language proficiency, overall merits, research achievements and their prospective supervisor’s comments. The shortlisted candidates will be submitted to China’s Ministry of Natural Resources and China Scholarship Council for final approval.

The final results will be published at in late July or early August. Scholarships awardees will be notified via email. Admission Notices and Visa Application Forms for Study (JW201) will be sent out afterwards.

X. Contact Information

Admissions Office of Xiamen University

Add.: 422 South Siming Road, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China (Postcode: 361005)

Tel: +86 (0)592 2184792/2188375

Fax: +86 (0) 592 2180256