How to apply


  • Non-Chinese citizen.
  • Good health both physically and mentally.
  • Outstanding academic performance and potential.
  • Bachelor’s degree for master program applicants.
  • Proficiency in English.

IMPORTANT DATES [Note:Beijing Time]

  • Oct 1, 2023    2024 application opens
  • Dec 15, 2023   Deadline for 1st Round Chinese Government Scholarship application
  • Feb 15, 2024   Deadline for 2nd (Last) Round Chinese Government Scholarship application
  • Mar 31, 2024  Deadline for SGS Scholarship, SJTU Scholarship application
  • May 31, 2024  Deadline for self-supported application
  • Sep, 2024  Enrollment


STEP 1: Complete the Online Application

Complete and submit an online application at Study@SJTU ( before the application deadline. If you wish to apply for the scholarship at the same time, please complete the application before the scholarship deadline.

STEP 2: Pay the Application Fee

The application fee is RMB 800, non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment must be made in RMB or USD. You can choose online payment or bank transfer in the online application system.


  • Degree certificates, in scanned files. Applicants who have not graduated by the time of application are required to provide an official letter from their current university stating the expected graduation date.
  • Transcripts, in scanned files. Master’s program applicants are required to submit undergraduate transcripts. 
  • Proof of Language proficiency. Please check Language Requirements for SJTU International Graduate Programs. However, please note that for this program, the requirements for English language tests are as follows: IELTS (academic): overall ≥6.5, subtests ≥5.5; TOEFL: iBT overall ≥90, writing ≥22, reading ≥20, listening ≥20, speaking ≥20.
  • Scanned copy of passport. 
  • Passport-size photo.
  • Personal statement and study plan.
  • Two letters of academic recommendation from scholars who are associate professors or above, or senior professionals in a related academic field. Please follow the instructions on the online system for submission of online recommendation letters or upload the recommendation letters with original signatures.
  • Publications. Publications are not expected, but if available, details should be provided.
  • Other qualifications, evidence of excellence and relevant experience. Research or working experience in China may be an advantage. Having some familiarity with Chinese language. Applicants should indicate familiarity with Chinese language through records from formal language training. Research assistance or related working experience in universities, think tanks, NGOs, the media and other agencies may be an advantage.

Note: If your documents are not in English or Chinese, please have them translated into either English or Chinese by an authorized translation agency. Then upload both the translated and original documents onto the application system. Also, interviews are usually held as part of the admissions process.


Tuition: RMB 28,900/Year


Basically, for incoming international graduate students, there are two channels for scholarship application: through Shanghai Jiao Tong University or through Chinese Embassies/Consulates in the home country. Applicants may choose only one application channel. Replicated applications through more than one channels are not allowed.

Apply for scholarships through SJTU

Starting from 2023, scholarships for Master programs will consist of: CSC/SGS Scholarship, SJTU Scholarship, School/College Scholarship. Details of each scholarship will be on the application system.

When applying at, applicants should choose “apply for scholarship through SJTU” and follow the steps online. Applicants should complete the scholarship application procedures in time according to the requirements of the university.

The earlier an applicant completes the application, the sooner he/she will receive an offer of admission and scholarships if the review result from the university is positive. Applicants can check the scholarship result through the application system.

Please note that applicants applying for Chinese Government Scholarship through SJTU are required to submit their applications before the specified deadline and upload the Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship(filled in and downloaded from If not recommended as a CSC Scholarship candidate, the applicant will be automatically assessed for the SGS Scholarship, or SJTU Scholarship.

Apply for scholarships through Chinese Embassies/Consulates in the home country

Applicants may also apply to the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in the home country for scholarship opportunities. The application schedule varies from country to country (usually from November to April).

Please consult the Chinese Embassy/Consulate about its application schedule, eligibility, requirements, procedures, documents, agency number, program category type and so on in advance. For the contact information of Chinese Embassies/Consulates, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China at

Please note that applicants who apply for scholarships through Chinese Embassy/Consulates must also complete the SJTU online application stated in the HOW TO APPLY section.

Important Notes: In general, scholarships duration cannot be extended. All scholarship recipients are obliged to participate in the annual scholarship review in April and/or May which will confirm their scholarship status in the next academic year.