Requirements and applications


CSC requirements

  • Candidates are citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application.
  • Applicants for the doctoral degree program must have a Master’s degree and be under the age of 35.
  • The relevant academic entry requirements must be fulfilled, including a high level of English language proficiency and a Master degree.
  • Candidates must hold an acceptance letter (standard format) from Vrije Universiteit.
  • Candidates should satisfy the CSC selection criteria by completing the CSC Application Form and the CSC Employer Reference Form.
  • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their research.
Additional SBE requirements
  • A master degree in economics, econometrics, finance or business administration
  • TOEFL or IELTS test results
  • Strong Motivation to pursue a PhD in economics or business

CSC workshops

One way to learn more about Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is by meeting our representatives at one of the CSC workshops in November in Beijing or Shanghai. During the workshop you can discuss your ideas with the people of our university and you can ask questions. If you want to know more about the PhD workshop please visit the website: For the exact details of the CSC application procedure including all deadlines, you should carefully check the CSC website.

SBE Applications

Candidates interested to make use of the SBE support and guidance programme for CSC applications can submit a short research proposal (max. 1,000 words) in English on one of the School’s research themes. Besides the research proposal, candidates are requested to provide the SBE selection committee with the following documents:

  • CV
  • Copy of Master diploma and academic transcripts
  • TOEFL or IELTS test results
  • Motivation Letter
  • Two recommendation letters
In order to apply for a CSC scholarship you need a Letter of Acceptance of Vrije Universiteit. This letter will be provided by the SBE Research Office and signed by the professor who has selected you for supervising your PhD-research.

SBE Application Procedure Timeline

Activity Date
1. (Optional) Visit the annual CSC workshops in November and upload your CV and research proposal beforehand in the CSC database.

23, 24 November 2019 Beijing, 

26 November 2019 Shanghai 

2. Deadline for sending SBE application to researchoffice.sbe@vu.nlJanuary 1 2020
3. Selection of candidates by professors, contact by skype and email, elaboration of research proposalJanuary-March 2020
4. Final selection and Letter of Acceptance by SBE8 March, 2020
5. Candidate applies through the CSC websiteBefore 5 April 2020
6. Decision by CSCMay/June 2020
7. Arranging practical matters for preparing your stay at Vrije Universiteit June 2020
8. Starting your project at Vrije UniversiteitSeptember 2020