The Office of the Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategy manages two outside funding sources specifically geared towards supporting international students from India or China who are enrolling in our Master's and/or Doctoral programs. Information and application instructions for the China Scholarship Council (CSC) Fellowhip and the Science and Engineering Board (SERB) Fellowship are below. For any additional questions, please contact VPI-IntlFellowships@andrew.cmu.edu.
Information on additional funding opportunities for graduate students may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Education.
Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) of India Graduate Fellowship Program
The SERB Fellowship Program at CMU is a collaboration between the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a funding agency of the Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The purpose of this program is to support outstanding students from India in specific fields by providing graduate student training.
Applicants should be aware that the SERB Fellowship has a five-year return residency requirement as a condition of the fellowship. Details are made available during the application process.SERB requirements for eligibility are:
- Must have Bachelor's or Master's degree from an accredited institution in India;
- Must be normally resident of India at the time of application;
- Must be admitted to a Ph.D. program at CMU following the departmental procedures and deadlines;
- To continue to receive support in subsequent years, students must continue to be enrolled at CMU in the PhD program with good academic standing.
Fields of Study
The SERB Fellowship will provide each SERB Fellow with funding to cover a stipend for four years, subject to satisfactory performance. In exceptional cases, funding may be extended for a fifth year. CMU’s colleges and departments will provide health insurance. The department and faculty may provide tuition and additional financial support during or after this four-year period.
How to Apply
Applicants interested in participating in the Program shall, upon receiving the admissions letter from the department, download and sign a CMU Consent Form to initiate the application process with the Office of the Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategy. Consent forms must be emailed by February 24, 2017 to: VPI-IntlFellowships@andrew.cmu.edu.
Upon receiving the applicant’s consent form, CMU’s Office of the Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategy will apply on behalf of the student by sending the student’s CMU application package and copy of admissions letter to SERB. SERB will select successful candidates.
For additional questions, please send email: VPI-IntlFellowships@andrew.cmu.edu
China Scholarship Council (CSC) Graduate Fellowship Program
The CSC Fellowship Program is a collaboration between the China Scholarship Council (CSC), a non-profit institution affiliated with China’s Ministry of Education, and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to provide graduate student training. The purpose of the collaboration is for CSC to support outstanding students from China in specific fields. The program includes two sub-programs: a PhD degree program and a Master’s degree program.
Applicants should be aware that the CSC Fellowship has a two-year return residency requirement upon condition for accepting the fellowship. Full details on eligibility requirements and application instructions may be found on the CSC website: http://www.csc.edu.cn/require/CSC requirements for eligibility are:
- Must be a Chinese citizen, including those who are currently studying at a US university;
- Must be admitted to a designated degree program at CMU;
- To continue to receive support in the second year, students must continue to be enrolled at CMU in the designated program with good academic standing.
For PhD degree program:
- Sciences: Including Biology, biochemistry, computer & info science, and physics
- Math: Including pure and applied math; mathematical philosophy and statistics
- Social Sciences & Humanities: Including psychology, sociology and public policy
For Master’s degree program:
- Fine Arts
For the PhD degree program, CSC will provide funding for 2 years that covers (i) a $2,400 monthly stipend; (ii) full tuition; (iii) a roundtrip international airfare; (iv) the visa applications fees. CMU’s colleges and departments are expected to make up the stipend differences for the first 2 years if needed, and provide stipend and tuition beginning from the third year of study through their completion of the PhD degree program pending satisfactory academic performance. CMU's colleges and departments will cover health insurance and standard fees.
For the Master’s degree program, CSC will provide funding for 2 years that covers (i) a monthly living stipend (rate set by CSC); (ii) half tuition; (iii) a roundtrip international airfare; (iv) the visa applications fees. CMU’s colleges and departments will cover partial tuition for 2 years.
How to Apply
Applicants interested in participating in the Program and applying for financial assistance shall, upon receiving the admissions letter from the department, download and sign a CMU Consent Form to initiate the application process with the Office of the Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategy. Consent forms can be emailed to: VPI-IntlFellowships@andrew.cmu.edu.
Applicants can then apply with the CSC directly by completing an application on CSC’s online application system (http://apply.csc.edu.cn/require). Applicants must provide a copy of the CMU admissions letter, and include his or her Chinese home institution’s reference (forms are available http://apply.csc.edu.cn/require).
The deadline for the online application process is currently being reviewed by CSC. We anticipate a mid-January to early-February time frame for applications. Once the date is known from CSC, it will be noted here. Please check back for updates.
The full application package (including the signed CSC Application Form, the Chinese home institution’s reference letter, a copy of an admission letter from CMU, a copy of the full application to CMU) must be submitted to CSC through CSC’s application agencies. For those Chinese citizens currently pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at a US university, applications should be submitted through the Education Section of the Chinese Consulate in New York. CSC Contact in New York is: Consul ZHANG Shaohua. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Chen Chen
Division of American and Oceanian Affairs
China Scholarship Council （CSC）
A3 Building, No. 9 Chegongzhuang Avenue
P. R. China
For Chinese students currently pursuing a degree at a US university, please contact Consul ZHANG Shaohua and LI Qi, Education Section, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, New York, for more information.