UNESCO/China (The Great Wall) Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2019-2020


Application Deadline: 15 March 2019

The Government of the People’s Republic of China has placed at the disposal of UNESCO for the academic year 2019-2020 seventy-five (75) fellowships for advanced studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These fellowships are for the benefit of developing Member States in Africa, Asia–Pacific, Latin America, Europe and North America and Arab region.

Tenable at a selected number of Chinese universities, these fellowships are intended for scholars who plan to pursue advanced studies or undertake individual research with periodic guidance from the assigned supervisor in China for a duration of one year.

Selected candidates will undertake their studies in the host universities as visiting scholars. Most of the study programmes will be conducted in English. Selected candidates will undertake their studies in the host universities as visiting scholars. In exceptional cases, candidates may be required to study Chinese language before taking up research or studying in their fields of interest.

Twenty-five (25) of the 75 fellowships are especially intended for candidatures from the Teacher Training Institutions supported by UNESCO-CFIT Project in the 10 African countries to pursue an Advanced Training Programme for Education Administrators and Teacher Educators at East China Normal University.

Invited Member States

AFRICA – 46 Member States:
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Programmes of Study

Please visit the
official web page of China Scholarship Council (CSC) for the fields of
proposed studies at the selected chinese universities: http://www.campuschina.org/universities/index.html


(i) Applicants
applying for General Scholar programs must not be older than the age of
forty-five (45) and have completed at least two years of undergraduate
study; and those who applying for Senior Scholar programmes must be a
master’s degree holder or an associate professor (or above) and not
older than the age of fifty (50).

(ii) English proficiency is required.

(iii) Be in good health, both mentally and physically.

How to Apply?

Step 1:
Read carefully the Announcement letter, especially the attached ANNEX
II, for UNESCO/China Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2019-2020 to
understand the requirements for eligible candidatures and the procedures
for the submission of application.

Step 2:
Contact the National Commission for UNESCO of your country to enquire the application procedures at national level. Click here for the information to contact the National Commissions for UNESCO.

Applicants are encouraged to contact in advance with
their target Chinese universities and apply for the pre-admission. For
the applicants who have received the pre-admission letters from by the
time of submission, please attach the letters in your supporting

Step 3:
Prepare your application documents (in English or Chinese) properly according to the requirements prescribed in ANNEX II.

Step 4:

Submit your application to the National Commission for UNESCO of your country.

NOTE: As National Commission for UNESCO of the
invited countries will select and transmit the applications of nominated
candidates to UNESCO Paris Headquarter by 15 March 2019 at the latest,
applicants are advised to submit their application to the National
Commissions as early as possible.

Step 5:
As soon as You are informed
by the National Commission for UNESCO of your country that you are
nominated as a candidate for this programme, you should complete the
online application and submit all the supporting documents on the online
application system of China Scholarship Council (http://studyinchina.csc.edu.cn/#/login). Click here to see the instructions for your online application.

Note: Hard copies of application documents are no
longer required and it is mandatory for each nominated candidate to
submit his/her application in the online application system. Candidates
should mention their serial number of online application when their
applications are submitted to UNESCO. Any application without online
registration will not be considered.

Step 6:
Your online application
form, along with the endorsement letter from the National Commission for
UNESCO of your country and all your application documents should be
submitted to Mr Stoyan Bantchev, Chief of the Participation Programme
and Fellowships Section by e-mail: [email protected], with a copy to [email protected] and [email protected], by 15 March 2019 at the latest.

Submission and Selection of Candidates

to the intergovernmental character of UNESCO, individual application is
not acceptable for UNESCO. Only the application endorsed by the
National Commissions for UNESCO will be considered. Applicants should submit their application documents through the National Commissions.
The National Commission will select qualified candidates and transmit
the application documents of nominated candidates to UNESCO.

The applications, attached with the letter of
nomination endorsed by the National Commission, should be sent to Mr
Stoyan Bantchev, Chief of the Participation Programme and Fellowships
Section, by e-mail: [email protected], with a copy to [email protected] and [email protected], by 15 March 2019 at the latest.

UNESCO and the Chinese authorities will select the seventy-five (75) most qualified candidates. The National Commissions to UNESCO of the beneficiaries will be duly informed by UNESCO.


Announcement Letter for Session 2019-2020

Foreigner Physical Examination Form

Form of Certificate of Language Knowledge

UNESCO Fellowships Application Form (optional, National Commissions can use this form for the selection at national level)

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Great Wall Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2019-2020