In a groundbreaking announcement, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has unveiled an exceptional opportunity for Pakistani and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) nationals. The Chinese Government Scholarship Program (CGSP) for the academic year 2024-25 is now accepting applications for Bachelor’s (BS), Master’s (MS), and Ph.D. programs. Managed by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and the Chinese Education Ministry, this initiative aims to empower Pakistani students by providing them with fully funded educational opportunities in renowned Chinese universities.
The CGSP 2024-25 offers scholarships at various academic levels:
- Undergraduate: 4-5 years of study tenure.
- Master’s: 2-3 years of study tenure.
- Doctoral: 3-4 years of research tenure.
Additionally, selected students will undergo 1-2 years of mandatory Chinese language preparatory classes during their study or research tenure.
Areas of Study
A diverse range of academic disciplines is available under the CGSP 2024-25, including but not limited to:
- Legal Studies
- Fine Arts
To be eligible for these coveted scholarships, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Nationality: Pakistani and AJK nationals.
- Age Limit: Varies according to the program (Under 25 for BS, under 35 for MS, and under 40 for Ph.D.).
- Qualification: Relevant educational qualifications corresponding to the program applied for.
- Additional Requirements: Fulfillment of application requirements of CSC and admission requirements of the respective Chinese universities.
Applying for the CGSP 2024-25 is a streamlined process:
- Online Application: Applicants must apply online at both the CSC and HEC portals. Applications sent through other modes will not be considered.
- Dual Application: It is crucial to apply at both portals (CSC and HEC) to ensure the completeness of the application process.
- Supporting Documents: Applicants should provide all necessary supporting documents in the required format to avoid rejection.
Shortlisted candidates will need to submit the following documents:
- Signed application forms from both HEC and CSC Online Portals.
- Attested copies of educational degrees, CNIC/B-form, Domicile, and equivalence certificates.
- Study plan or research proposal.
- Recommendation/reference letters for MS and Ph.D. candidates.
- Language proficiency certificates or IELTS/TOEFL/HSK score.
- Valid passport and medical examination certificate.
- Police clearance certificate not older than six months.
- NOC from the employer (if applicable).
The CGSP 2024-25 offers substantial benefits to recipients:
- Stipend: Monthly stipends of CNY 2,500 for undergraduate students, CNY 3,000 for master’s students, and CNY 3,500 for Ph.D. students.
- Coverage: Chinese universities will cover education fees, administration costs, health insurance, and other academic-related expenditures.
However, recipients are responsible for their travel expenses.
The deadline for applying to the CGSP 2024-25 on both HEC and CSC portals is Thursday, December 28, 2023, at 23:59 PM Pakistan Standard Time.
Seize this opportunity, embark on an educational journey in China, and contribute to your academic and personal growth.