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The Chinese Studies Alumni Bursary

An undergraduate scholarship
This scholarship supports Chinese studies students to undertake approved studies in China or Taiwan, and Chinese partner university students to undertake Chinese studies at the University of Sydney.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
  • University of Sydney Chinese studies student, or a Chinese partner university student undertaking approved study

How to apply

Apply here.


This scholarship is valued at $2000.

Who's eligible

University of Sydney students must:

  • be enrolled in a major or honours in Chinese studies
  • undertake approved studies in China or Taiwan in Chinese.

Chinese partner university students must:

  • be enrolled at a Chinese partner university
  • undertake Chinese studies units at the University of Sydney through an approved exchange agreement.


This scholarship was established in 2006 from a donation by alumni of the Department of Chinese Studies.

1. Background

a. Established in 2006, this Scholarship has been generously donated by alumni of the Department of Chinese Studies to assist students studying Chinese at the University of Sydney to undertake a period of approved in-country study, preferably through the University of Sydney exchange program.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants from the University of Sydney must:

I. be enrolled at the University of Sydney in a Chinese Studies major or Honours in Chinese Studies, and

II. undertake an approved period of study in China or Taiwan in Chinese.

b. Applicants from a Chinese partner university must:

I. be enrolled at a Chinese partner university, and

II. undertake units in Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney through an approved exchange agreement.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

I. academic merit, and

II. personal statement describing the applicant’s motivation and details of their current plans for the study.

b. Preference may be given to applicants who:

I. meet the requirements of 2.b,

II. are enrolled in intermediate or advanced Chinese-language-acquisition units of study,

III. seek support to defray the costs of undertaking Honours in Chinese Studies,

IV. have not been awarded other bursary(ies), scholarship(s) or funding support for the purpose of the study outlined in this scholarship, and

V. are in financial need.

c. The Scholarship will be awarded by the Head of School of Languages and Cultures or their nominated delegate on the recommendation of the Chair of Chinese Studies upon the advice of a selection committee consisting of members of the Department of Chinese Studies.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $2,000 and is tenable for one year only.

b. The Scholarship value will be paid as a one off payment after census date.

c. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and it is not transferable to another University school, faculty or university.

d. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funds.

e. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient must maintain satisfactory academic performance.

6. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol,

II. commences part-time study without prior approval,

III. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance,

IV. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Scholarship application,

V. is awarded an alternative primary Scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative Scholarship where the alternative scholarship is of higher value,

VI. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or

VII. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or withdraws from the relevant course, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.