The Marine Scholarship of China 2024 are open apply now. The Marine Scholarship of China, covering about 71% of the Earth’s surface, plays a primary role in addressing the climate change and supporting the global economy, trade and livelihood. The sustainable ocean development has direct impact on the development and prosperity of all coastal countries now and in the future. And it has become an inexorable trend worldwide that through international cooperation and exchange we should deepen our understanding of the ocean and promote sustainable ocean development to enhance regional and global economic prosperity.

Under this consideration, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) and the Ministry of Education of China jointly initiate the program  of Marine Scholarship of China (hereinafter called the Scholarship) for the purpose of providing financial support to outstanding students from the coastal countries or regions around the South China Sea, the Pacific and the Indian Oceans and African developing countries to study in China for a master’s or doctoral degree in oceanography or other related specialties, cultivating advanced professionals of the related fields for developing countries, enhancing international marine cooperation and exchange, and promoting the harmonious ocean development in the region and around the world.
China Scholarship Council (CSC) is in charge of the admissions and routine management of the Scholarship.

Marine Scholarship of China Enrollment Candidates

a. The applicant should be a citizen of non-Chinese nationality in good health, from a coastal/island country in the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific and its surrounding island countries, or an African developing country.
b. The applicant must apply for the postgraduate program of ocean-related specialties.
c. Any applicant who is currently engaged in oceanographic and relevant sectors will be given high priority.
Universities to offer the Scholarship (listed in no particular order)
Xiamen University, Zhejiang University, Ocean University of China, and Tongji University.

Marine Scholarship of China Eligibility

a. The applicant for master’s degree studies is required to have a bachelor’s degree and be usually under the age of 40.
b. The applicant for doctoral degree studies is required to have a master’s degree and be usually under the age of 45.
Duration of the Marine Scholarship of China
a. Candidates for master’s degree: 2-3 years of study with the Scholarship
b. Candidates for doctoral degree: 3–4 years of study with the Scholarship
c. Scholarship awardees who choose Chinese as the teaching language and request Chinese language training prior to their formal academic studies will receive one-year training and have their scholarship funding extended correspondingly for one year.
d. The duration of the Scholarship will be defined upon the student’s admission to the university and will not be extended in principle. If a student is unable to finish the program for some special reasons, his or her scholarship may be extended until graduation with prior consent of SOA, the university and CSC.

Marine Scholarship of China funding details

a. Exemption from registration fees, tuition fees, laboratory fees, internship fees, and fees for basic learning materials and accommodation on campus
b. Living allowance: RMB 1,700 per month for master’s students and RMB 2,000 per month for doctoral students
c. Settlement subsidy: RMB 1,500
d. Out-patient medical services and the Comprehensive Medical Insurance for Chinese Government Scholarship Students
e. The student is responsible for covering any international travel expenses.


a. If the scholarship student requests additional experiments or internships outside of the teaching program, they must pay for them themselves.
b. Fees for basic learning materials cover those essential textbooks chosen and provided gratis by the university for the student’s academic program. And apart from these essential materials, other books are at the student’s own expense.
c. Starting from the student’s first day of classes, the university will give them a monthly living allowance. For the first month, the students who register before or on the 15th day of the month will receive the allowance in full, and those who register after the 15th day of the month will receive it in half. The allowance will continue for a half-month after the university’s designated graduation date. As for those who suspend, quit, or complete their academic program and return to their own country, the allowance will stop in the next month. The allowance covers the holidays recognized by the university. Those who are away during the holidays and unable to get their allowance in time may receive their dues when they return to the university. And as for those who are late for registration or stay away from the school without any formality of asking for absence for a time longer than one month, the allowance for that month shall be cancelled.
Those who have to suspend their program because of pregnancy or severe disease must return to their own country for delivery or recovery, and the travel must be at their own expense. If the school authority has given permission to suspend a program, the recipient’s eligibility for a scholarship may only last for one year, and the allowance will cease during the suspension. But those who suspend their program for other reasons will be disqualified from the scholarship.
d. The outpatient medical service covers only outpatient treatment at the university hospital or a hospital designated by the university authority. After the treatment, the student needs to pay part of the charge according to related university regulations.
e. The Comprehensive Medical Insurance for Chinese Government Scholarship Students mainly cover the fees incurred by the student’s inpatient treatment for major illnesses or personal accidents. The premium will be prepaid by the university or the designated rescue agency, which will then go to the insurance company with the receipt for the fees to make the claim. The insurance company will not settle personal claims.

Marine Scholarship of China Application time and channels

Every year, from January 1 to April 30, an applicant may apply to the universities designated by this scholarship program.

Marine Scholarship of China Materials for application

a. Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship (to be filled out in Chinese or English)
An applicant is supposed to log on to CSC’s online application system, fill in all the necessary information, and then print the Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship, which will be automatically generated after successful submission.
The online application system can be found at, and the institutional codes of the universities are Xiamen University: 10384, Zhejiang University: 10335, Ocean University of China: 10423, and Tongji University: 10247.
b. a photocopy of the last degree certificate. Translations in Chinese or English that have undergone notarization must accompany certificates written in languages other than Chinese or English.
c. academic transcripts. Translations in Chinese or English that have undergone notarization must accompany transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English.
d. The applicant’s study or research plan in China (in Chinese or English).
e. Two letters of recommendation in Chinese or English by professors or associate professors.
f. Photocopy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form (downloadable from CSC’s website) completed in Chinese or English. The applicant must strictly take all the examination as required by the Form. Leaving a blank or absence of signature of the doctor or seal of the hospital will make the form invalid.
These application documents will not be returned, no matter whether the application is accepted or not.

Marine Scholarship of China  admissions

a. SOA and the universities will jointly organize a panel of reviewers to screen the candidates for the scholarship on the basis of the candidates’ academic performance and achievements and their supervisors’ opinions. The final list of scholarship awardees will be publicly announced.
b. Entrusted by CSC, the university will mail the Admission Notice and Visa Application Form (JW201) to the scholarship awardee by July 31 every year.
c. In principle, the Scholarship student is not allowed to change the school, subject or duration of study pre-defined on the Admission Notice.

Annual review of the Marine Scholarship of China

a. According to the Measures of Annual Review of Chinese Government Scholarship Status, CSC will carry out a comprehensive annual review of the scholarship students’ academic performance, attitude towards study, attendance records, behavior, rewards and punishments, etc.
b. Scholarship students must pass the review to qualify themselves for next year’s scholarship funding. Those who fail the review may have their scholarship suspended or terminated next year.
c. Those whose scholarship has been suspended may continue their study at the university at their own expense, and if they wish to recover eligibility for receiving the scholarship, they may attend the review next year and, upon passing the review, apply for the continuation of the scholarship.
d. Those whose scholarships have been officially terminated are not eligible to apply for recovery of the scholarship.
For details, please refer to Measures of the Annual Review of Chinese Government Scholarship Status.


Add: Admissions Office, Xiamen University, Fujian, China
Postcode: 361005
Tel: +86-592-2184792
Fax: +86-592-2180256
Add: P.O. Box W-99, International College, Yuquan Campus, Zhejiang University, No. 38 Zheda Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Postcode: 310027
Tel: +86-571-87951717/3101/2848
Fax: +86-571-87951755
Ocean University of China
Add: International Education Centre, Ocean University of China, 23 Eastern Hong Kong Road, Qingdao, China
Postcode: 266071
Tel: +86-532-85901555 / 85901666
Fax: +86-532-85901868
Add: International Students Office, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai, China
Postcode: 202292
Tel: +86-21-65983611
Fax: +86-21-65987933
Department of International Cooperation, State Oceanic Administration
Add: 1 Fuxingmenwai Avenue, Beijing, China
Postcode: 100860
Tel: +86-10-68048072 / 68048080
Fax: +86-10-68030799