The scholarship program, sponsored by the China Scholarship Council in China and the Chinese Consulate in New York, allows the University to nominate one candidate and two alternates to study at a Chinese university in the 2014-2015 academic year. The University is one of only 10 schools in the Northeast (including Harvard, MIT, Cornell and NYU) that is offered the scholarship by the Chinese Government.
The recipient can study either Mandarin or an academic discipline. Study can be for either coursework or research. The institution must be one of the participating universities approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Click here for a list of approved institutions and programs. Applicants can nominate up to three institutions but should be flexible with location. The Chinese government makes the final decision of the study destination, including to a university not selected by the scholarship recipient.
Applicants must be either an undergraduate in their final year or a graduate student at the University of Rochester. The China scholarship program is open to students from any discipline. Citizens of the People’s Republic of China are not eligible to apply.
Applications are sought from students with an interest in China, high academic caliber and personal qualities of resourcefulness and resilience. Knowledge of the Chinese language or previous study in China is not required.
The scholarship covers tuition, University accommodation a small monthly stipend and medical insurance. The scholarship recipient is responsible international airfare, visa expenses, travel within China and other personal expenses. See Scholarship Information from the Chinese Government for additional information.
Applications are due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2014. Short-listed candidates will be invited to participate in an interview with a University selection panel. Download the Guidelines and Application documents for information on key dates and instructions to complete an application.
In its first year of the scholarship program, three graduating seniors received scholarships to study in China.
Matt Chin (email@example.com) is studying Chinese at Beijing Foreign Studies University. A 2013 graduate with a dual major in History and Public Health. Matt was inspired to apply for the scholarship after studying in China in the Fall 2012 term.
He hopes that his expanded understanding of Chinese language and culture will assist him in future studies integrating traditional Chinese medicine into modern medicine. “I’m interested to know if this integrative system can be similarly applied in the U.S.,” said Matt. Read more about Matt’s experience in China.
Tommy Fields (firstname.lastname@example.org) is studying classical and traditional Chinese music at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. A 2013 cello performance graduate from the Eastman School of Music, Fields also earned a minor in Chinese from the University. Fields deferred graduate school at the Manhattan School of Music to accept the scholarship.
“I wanted to foster more cultural exchange between traditional and classical Chinese music,” said Fields. “The opportunity to study both disciplines is something I can’t get in the U.S. I also had an interest in studying Mandarin, and combining my musical skills and language interests with a year of study.” Read more about Tommy's experience.
Kirsten Leever (email@example.com) is studying Chinese at Nanjing University. A 2013 graduate with a psychology major, Kirsten spent Spring 2012 in Beijing. She hopes to eventually pursue an MBA in Marketing. “I want to use my studies of Chinese language and culture in integration with my own American culture to help our two countries do business with each other,” stated Leever. Read more about Kirsten's experience in China.
For further information about the China scholarship program, please contact:
Todd St. Vrain
Manager, International Initiatives