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Sino-Dutch Programme for Chinese students

The Sino-Dutch scholarship programme focuses on excellent Chinese 3rd-year bachelor, master or PhD students who want to study or do research in the Netherlands for at least one academic year.

The Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship programme is a Dutch-Chinese scholarship programme. Every year 25 Dutch and 25 Chinese students are offered a scholarship by the ministries of education of the People's Republic of China and the Netherlands.

The Sino-Dutch scholarship programme focuses on excellent Chinese 3rd-year bachelor, master or PhD students who want to study or do research in the Netherlands for at least one academic year. Candidates are advised to consult CSC for any additional criteria or conditions.

Terms and conditions

Certain terms and conditions apply to the scholarship. Please read these carefully. 

Level of study

Field of study

Agriculture, forestry and fishery, Architecture and town planning, Arts and Humanities, Business administration and management, Communication, Education and Teacher Training, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Fine and applied arts, Law, Mathematics and computer sciences, Medical and health sciences, Natural sciences, Service, Tourism and Leisure, Social and behavioural sciences, Transport and communication

Scholarship value

  • The scholarship consists of a contribution of € 16,113 per year towards the total costs of a study or research in the Netherlands.
  • Have a look at the overview of the estimated costs of living in the Netherlands (excluding tuition fees)
Countries eligible for this scholarship
  • China

Application requirements

The study or research programme you apply for needs to last an entire academic year (12 months). The same applies to programmes with a duration of more than one academic year: each subsequent year has to last a complete academic year as well.

An academic year usually starts around 1 September. Enrollment later in the academic year is possible, however, not after 1 January 2022.

  • You are between 18 and 35 years old at the start of the study in the Netherlands (BA/MA candidates); the age limit for PhD candidates and visiting scholars is 50.
  • You have the Chinese nationality and you are a permanent resident of China (living/working/studying in China) at the time of scholarship application.
  • You are (conditionally) admitted to the programme for which you request the scholarship (MA/BA students).
  • You are invited to do research or a complete PhD trajectory (PhD students/visiting scholars).
  • Your BA/MA programme / research starts in academic year 2021-2022, but not later than 1 January 2022.
  • The study/research for which you request the scholarship is a BA programme (final 2 years), an MA programme, a PhD trajectory (degree) or PhD level (visiting scholar).
  • The BA/MA programme is registered in CROHO (BA/MA candidates).
  • The Dutch institution has signed the Code of Conduct.
  • The BA/MA programme or PhD trajectory is at least one (academic) year (12 months) and subsequent (if applicable) years must consist of whole years as well.
  • The study programme or research for which you would like to receive the scholarship has a maximum duration of 4 years.
  • You are nominated by CSC for the Sino-Dutch scholarship.

For more information please visit the China Scholarship Council website.

Application procdure

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is responsible for the pre-selection of candidates. Nuffic administrates the scholarship programme and is responsible for the final selection of the candidates. Nuffic will also inform the candidates concerning the definite selection.

You have to submit your application both to the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and to Nuffic. Please note there is little time to submit your CSC application. Instructions on how to apply at CSC can be found on their website.

How to submit your Nuffic application

  1. apply at the Dutch institution
  2. read the application instructions carefully
  3. collect all required documents and information
  4. apply online

Please note: applications can be rejected if they are not complete (if not all the required information or documents are submitted) or if documents are not as requested.

All applications are assessed on the information in the application, such as Curriculum Vitae, obtained grades or motivation. The assessment places the application in a category. The applications in the highest category (or categories, if applicable) are selected until the maximum number of scholarships available for that specific year is reached. Also, five reserve applications will be selected.

The selection procedure

Candidates are preselected by CSC. Nuffic is responsible for the final selection of the candidates. Each year 25 scholarships are available. A number of these are reserved for scholarship holders whose scholarship will continue into the next academic year.

The applications of nominated candidates are assessed on the information provided in the application, such as Curriculum Vitae, obtained grades and motivation. This assessment will result in a ranking of applicants. The candidates are then selected starting from the highest ranking person until the maximum number of available scholarships is reached. Next, a number of reserve candidates will be selected.

After the selection 

Nuffic will inform all nominated candidates of the final selection in the form of a formal grant letter. The selected scholarship holders can then inform the Dutch institution they are selected and, if needed, ask for advice on practical matters such as visa application and housing.

The scholarship amount will be paid by Nuffic directly to the scholarship holders. It will be paid in 3 instalments, spread over the year. Consult the scholarship conditions for more information.

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