Oriental Studies Trust Fund - Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies Scholarship

Study level
Graduate research
Enrolment status
Current student
University Trust Record


Study Area

Chinese language and studies


The Oriental Studies Trust Fund - Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies Scholarship is a living allowance to be awarded annually to students who have applied for admission to or are currently enrolled in a PhD degree at the University of Melbourne on a topic related to public policy, economics and society related to Chinese public policy.

The award provides for:

  • A living allowance of approximately $26,000 per annum for full time students or $13,000 per annum for part-time students
  • Awarded for three years, and an option to apply for a six month extension after three years
  • A relocation grant of : $2,000 for students from rural Victoria, or $3,000 for international students


Approx. $28,000


The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit. Eligible applicants are scored and ranked according to their academic achievement of their completed tertiary degrees, published articles, writing samples, research proposal, language and analytical skills relevant to their proposed field of study, and other factors relevant to the proposed research, such as professional experience.

Applicants must:

  • Have completed a 4-year tertiary Honours degree with a minimum result of first class Honours, or equivalent
  • Have not already completed a research qualification at the same or higher level as the course for which a scholarship is sought
  • Have applied for admission to or be currently enrolled in a PhD degree at The University of Melbourne on a topic related to public policy, economics and society in Contemporary China


Students must meet the conditions of the PhD program in order to continue to receive the scholarship and must be confirmed within their first year. Extensions will be granted according to the normal requirements of the PhD program. A selection panel will assess the application according to the criteria set out in selection criteria.

At the committee's absolute discretion preference may be given to applicants who have not already received other sources of funding to support their study.

Recipients are required to:

  • Accept award online within 21 days
  • Write two letters of appreciation to their donor/committee (Upon acceptance and after completion)
  • Submit a final report


Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

Application process

Please complete the online application form and upload the following documents to support your application.

  1. Statement and any information that supports your application
  2. A curriculum vitae, including publications and work experience
  3. Academic transcripts, including previous studies
  4. Optional - any other information to support application that may assist the committee in making its decision

In addition, selection will be also be based on evidence supplied with your 'Application for Admission to Graduate Research Candidature' such as copy of publications, employee and academic references.

Please ensure you have the above information available before you commence your online application.



Email: borgr@unimelb.edu.au


The amount available for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.

The judges' decision will be final and the University reserves the right not to award the prize in the event it is considered that no work of sufficient merit has been submitted. Winning applicants please note the University of Melbourne reserves the right to publish the name of the winning applicant on its websites and other University of Melbourne publications.