Application Guide to Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Scholarships for 2022

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, is a comprehensive institution of higher education directly affiliated with China’s Ministry of Education. In 2017, XMU was included in the list of Type A universities designated by the Chinese Government to achieve world-class standing. The University was placed among the world’s top 400 institutions in various authoritative world university rankings, such as THE, QS, US News and ARWU.

Currently, the University has a total enrollment of approximately 40,000 students, including 20,651 in bachelor’s degree programs, 16,712 in master’s degree programs and 4,737 in doctoral degree programs, with 1,208 international students in degree programs. Students enjoy a world-class intellectual environment on a campus nestled snugly between the hills and the sea and known for its top-notch faculty and first-class facilities. They form a vibrant and essential part of the XMU community.

Over the years, XMU has forged partnerships with more than 250 higher-learning institutions in the U.K., the U.S., Japan, France, Russia and engaged in substantive cooperation with 50 of the world’s top 200 universities. Moreover, the University operates 14 Confucius Institutes in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. In February 2016, Xiamen University Malaysia (XMUM) welcomed its first cohort of students. As one of the nation’s leading institutions of higher education, XMU is committed to developing the intellectual and personal strengths of its students.

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, 2022):
(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 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: January 1 to March 31, 2022.

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 ( 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 for 2022:
Application Guide to Master's Programs for 2022:
Application Guide to Doctoral Programs for 2022:
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 for 2022:
Application Guide to Master's Programs for 2022:
Application Guide to Doctoral Programs for 2022:
Applicants for the bachelor's degree program in Chinese language major, please visit:

XII. Prospectus for Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Scholarships, 2022

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