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Shanghai Government Scholarship at East China Normal University in China for 2022/2023

Shanghai Government Scholarship was founded in 2006 with the aim to improve the development of international student education in Shanghai and promote more and more exceptional international students and scholars to East China Normal University.

East China Normal University is a comprehensive public research university in Shanghai, China. The university was created in 1951 by the merger of the Great China University (est. 1924) and Kwang Hua University (est. 1925) and derived from the St. John’s College established in 1879. Founded as a normal school, it had an original mission to train teachers for secondary and higher education, but soon accommodated top-class researchers and evolved into an elite research-intensive university. As of 2020, East China Normal University is organized into 22 schools, colleges, and institutes, found on two campuses throughout Minhang and Putuo. The university includes 2 affiliated schools across the Shanghai metropolitan area: NYU Shanghai in Pudong, and Asia-Europe Business School in Zizhu International Education Park. The university also maintains a National Forest Ecosystem Observation and Research Station in Tiantong National Forest Park, Ningbo.

The university is designated by the Ministry of Education of China as a Class A Double First Class University. East China Normal University is often regarded to be one of the most prestigious universities in China and is internationally recognized. Sponsored by the national program “Double First-Class University Plan”, “Project 211” and “Project 985”, the university is a frontrunner in the nation’s research and creation, and has been dubbed the “Columbia of the East”. However, the university also has strong ties with the China Meteorological Administration, State Oceanic Administration, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

East China Normal University always features in the global top 400 research universities according to some of the most cited international university rankings such as ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking. The university’s history can be traced to the formation of St. John’s College (later to become St. John’s University) in 1879, and its heritage has had a deep influence on the development of Chinese modern higher education.

In 1879, St. John’s College was established by William Jones Boone and Joseph Schereschewsky, Bishop of Shanghai, by merging two pre-existing Anglican colleges in Shanghai. In 1905, the College became St. John’s University and it was registered in Washington D.C. in the United States. It was also the first institution to grant bachelor’s degrees in China, starting in 1907.

After the May Thirtieth Movement in 1925, some academics and students left St. John’s University, later forming the private Kwang Hua University to support the labor and anti-imperialist movement during the middle period of the Republic of China era.

In 1924, after a student rally at the Xiamen University in Fujian some academics fled north to Shanghai, where they founded what became the Great China University (also known as Daxia University). East China Normal University has always been rated in the top two or three among the mainland Chinese universities in Education and Training according to the most recent QS World University Rankings by Subjects and Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subjects. In 2021, the university was rated 37th globally in the Times Higher Education Rankings by Subjects in “Education”, which is the historical strength of the university as suggested in the name “Normal”. Globally, East China Normal University is considered one of the most reputable Chinese universities by the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings where it is rated 151-175th.


Exempt from tuition fees, and accommodation on campus, the scholarship provides complete medical insurance and monthly living expense (Doctoral program: CNY3500; Graduate program: CNY3000; Undergraduate program: CNY2500)

Requirements for Shanghai Government Scholarship

  • You must be a non-Chinese citizen and in good health to be qualified for Shanghai Government Scholarship.
  • Education background and age limit: Candidates for the pre-college program must have a high school diploma and be under 23 to be qualified. Each candidate for the bachelor’s degree program must have a high school diploma and be under 25. Candidates for the master’s degree program must have a bachelor’s degree and be under 35. For the doctoral degree program, you must have a master’s degree and be under 40.
  • Scholars that have won the Chinese Government Scholarship or any scholarship offered by other organizations are not entitled to apply for Shanghai Government Scholarship.

How to Apply for Shanghai Government Scholarship

 For more information concerning the scholarship, click here.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022

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