Application Guide to Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Scholarships for 2023

I. Introduction

To promote the legacy of Mr. Tan Kah Kee, the Flag of Overseas Chinese and the Glory of the Nation, foster the Tan Kah Kee spirit in entrepreneurship and dedication to education, and attract outstanding ethnic Chinese to study at Xiamen, Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Education Foundation set up the Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Scholarships and appointed Xiamen University as one of the institutes accepting international degree students under this scholarships program.

Xiamen University (XMU), founded in 1921 by renowned patriotic overseas Chinese leader Mr. Tan Kah Kee, was the first Chinese university established by an overseas Chinese person. XMU has long been listed among China’s leading universities on the national 211 Project, 985 Project and Double First-Class Initiative, which have been launched by the Chinese government to support selected universities in achieving world-class standing. Nestled snugly between green hills and the blue sea, XMU is renowned as one of the most beautiful universities around the world for its excellent education facilities and beautiful environment.

Xiamen University currently comprises Siming Campus, Zhangzhou Campus, Xiang’an Campus and XMU Malaysia. XMU consists of a graduate school, six academic divisions, 33 schools and 16 research institutes. In 2022, six XMU disciplines – education, chemistry, marine science, biology, ecology and statistics – were included in the nation’s list of disciplines for achieving world-class status. XMU ranks among ESI’s global top 1% in 19 disciplines, with chemistry, materials science and engineering in ESI’s global top 1‰. XMU currently has a faculty of nearly 3,000, of whom 74.3% are full or associate professors. Among them, 32 are the members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. XMU currently has an enrollment of more than 44,000 students, including over 20,000 students in bachelor’s degree programs, 18,000 in master’s degree programs, and 5,000 in doctoral degree programs.

XMU implements a comprehensive global outreach strategy. The University has signed cooperation agreements with 259 overseas universities. Actively involved in international Chinese education, XMU has built 14 Confucius Institutes and 48 Confucius Classrooms in 12 countries on five continents, the highest numbers with the most extensive geographic coverage among Chinese universities on the List of “Double First-Class” Universities. In July 2014, XMU Malaysia broke ground, making XMU the first Chinese university to open an international campus, hailed as a jewel on the crown of the “Belt and Road Initiative”.

II. Eligibility

1. Applicants must be ethnic Chinese from countries along the Maritime Silk Road (particularly in Southeast Asia), and possess a valid foreign regular passport.

2. Applicants shall adhere to the One China Principle, be friendly to their mother country, abide by the laws and regulations of the Chinese Government, and be in good health.

3. Educational background and age limits (as of September 1 of the academic year):
(1) Bachelor's programs: hold a high school diploma or above and be under the age of 30;
(2) Master's programs: hold a bachelor's degree or above and be under the age of 35;
(3) Doctoral programs: hold a master's degree or above and be under the age of 40.

(1) Applicants who have been awarded any other scholarship are not eligible for Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Scholarships.

(2) Foreign citizens of Chinese origin, including former Chinese citizens who have obtained foreign citizenship, as well as the non-Chinese descendants of present or former Chinese citizens, will be subject to a preliminary review of citizenship status by XMU during the admission stage, and to verification of citizenship by the entry and exit administration department of China’s public security authorities. Applicants who fail to pass the preliminary review or verification of citizenship will be deemed to have voluntarily relinquished their eligibility for admission, as well as the subsequent academic registration that they may obtain.

(3) In accordance with Article 5 of the Nationality Law of the People’s Republic of China, a person whose parents are both Chinese citizens and have both settled abroad, or one of whose parents is a Chinese citizen and has settled abroad, shall not have Chinese citizenship if he or she was born outside China and has acquired foreign citizenship at birth. Starting in 2021, if such a person applies to study in a bachelor’s degree program at XMU as an international student, in addition to meeting the University’s all other application requirements, he or she is required to have held a valid foreign passport for at least 4 years and have actually resided in a foreign country for at least 2 years in the past 4 years (as of April 30, 2022) (9 months of residence in a foreign country counts as a full year). The dates of the entry and exit stamps in the passport will be followed in the determination of the actual length of foreign residence). This requirement is also applicable to residents of the Chinese Mainland, Taiwan Hong Kong or Macao who have emigrated to a foreign country and obtained foreign citizenship and are applying to study in a bachelor's degree program at XMU as international students.

III. Academic Programs: All Chinese-medium degree programs.

Chinese-Medium Bachelor's Programs:
Chinese-Medium Master's Programs:
Chinese-Medium Doctoral Programs:
Bachelor's Degree Program in Chinese language:

IV. Duration of Scholarships

1. Bachelor's programs: 4 or 5 years;
2. Master's programs: 2 or 3 years;
3. Doctoral programs: 4 years.

Note: Scholarship recipients shall participate in the annual review in accordance with the relevant management regulations of the scholarships. Those who pass the review can continue to apply for or enjoy the scholarships in the next academic year. Those who fail the review will be suspended or disqualified from the scholarships. The specific regulations and methods of the annual review shall be subject to the latest notice issued in the current year.

V. Scholarships Quota:  

20 for bachelor's programs, 15-25 for master's programs and 3-5 for doctoral programs.

Note: Final quota will be determined by Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Scholarships Committee.

VI. Scholarships Coverage

1. Standard of scholarships: RMB 50,000/year for bachelor's programs; RMB 60,000/year for master's programs; RMB 70,000/year for doctoral programs.

2. Distribution of scholarships: Scholarships will be first used for deducting tuition fee and insurance, and the rest will be issued monthly.

Note: If living on campus, scholarship recipients need to pay the on-campus accommodation fee and utility costs according to the University's regulations.

VII. Application Period: Dec. 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.

VIII. Application Procedures

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

Applicants shall complete online application at and upload the scan copy of Application Form for Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Scholarships and Certification of Chinese Origin (  and related supporting documents.The Application Form for Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Scholarships should be completed in Chinese or English with handwritten signature from the applicant. The Certification of Chinese Origin should bear the stamp of the recommending organization and handwritten signature from the person in charge. There is no need to mail paper documents. More information:

Application Guide to Bachelor's Programs:
Application Guide to Master's Programs:
Application Guide to Doctoral Programs:
Applicants for the bachelor's degree program in Chinese language major, please visit:

IX. Selection and Notification

Applications for the scholarships will be evaluated on a competitive basis through an open, fair and impartial process. XMU will prepare a short-list of candidates for the scholarships and submit it to the Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Education Foundation for evaluation and then to the Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Scholarships Committee for approval. Scholarship decisions will be made on the basis of the applicants' academic performance, language proficiency, research competence, letters of recommendation and overall merits.

The final results will be published at in July.

X. Contact Information

XMU's Admissions Office

Add: XMU's Admissions Office, Fujian Province, China (Postcode: 361005)

Tel: 0086 (0)592 2184792/2188375

Fax: 0086 (0)592 2180256



XMU Overseas Education College (Chinese language Students Recruitment)

Tel: +86 (0) 592 2186211

Fax: +86 (0) 592 2093346



XI. More Information

1. The English version of this Guide is provided for reference and as a general guide ONLY. In case of any discrepancy between the English and Chinese versions, the Chinese version shall prevail. This Guide may not be reproduced without authorization.

2. This application guide may be adjusted by the latest notice from the competent department of scholarship or the requirements of our university. So please refer to the latest version of application guide.  For other information, please visit:

Application Guide to Bachelor's Programs:
Application Guide to Master's Programs:
Application Guide to Doctoral Programs:
Applicants for the bachelor's degree program in Chinese language major, please visit:

XII. Prospectus for Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Scholarships

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