UCCL Grants


UCCL PhD Completion Bursaries in Chinese Studies


The UCCL offers up to three major and an equal number of lesser bursaries to Home (see link) candidates for a fourth year of doctoral study on any aspect of Chinese Studies. These competitive awards will provide up to £10,000 (major) and £3,000 (lesser) bursaries, each towards the costs of a ‘writing up’ (also known as ‘thesis pending’) year, where no other substantial funds are available. Although these offers are made initially to be taken up in the academic year starting in 2022, the hope is to continue the scheme for a total of 10 years.



To be eligible, students must:

  • Have a good academic record at academic level (i.e. a first or upper-second class honours degree), with any postdoctoral qualifications likewise at a good level (ie merit or distinction MA, MSc or MSci).
  • Have reached a third year of research or the equivalent in part-time terms, with demonstrable progress available in the form of supervisor’s reports and an assessable body of written work, c. 5,000-10,000 words in length.

In addition

  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate a sufficient knowledge of Chinese language in their written work.
  • The financial situation of the candidates will be taken into account.
  • Preference will be given to candidates intending to progress into an academic career in which researching and teaching on China forms a significant part of their duties.



The deadline for the application to reach the UCCL will be 15th November 2021. The relevant application form is on the UCCL section of the GBCC website.

Applicants must submit

  • A UCCL Doctoral Studentship application form at the UCCL website.
  • Written work in a form suitable for inclusion in the eventual doctorate (a completed chapter would be appropriate, for example).
  • Two academic letters of reference, of which at least one must be from the PhD supervisor.
  • A broad brush budget for the period in question.

Selection criteria will be based competitively on

  • The originality and rigour of the candidate’s written work
  • The significance of the promised outcome of the research

The results of the selection process will be announced by end of March 2022.

The Bursaries will be paid in one lump sum to the relevant university in September 2022, upon receipt from the student’s university that the student has successfully progressed into the fourth year (or equivalent for part-time students).



Where mandatory requirements of the relevant university at the appropriate time are not met as expected, the UCCL will request further information from the relevant supervisors in order to monitor academic progress; it may withdraw the bursary.

Students should notify the UCCL in the event that they take leave of absence from their studies, maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or withdraw from their course.


NB: Department for Education ‘New eligibility rules for home fee status and student finance for the 2021/22 academic year


For more information and to download the application form please visit: gbcc.org.uk/educational-grants/universities-china-committee-in-london-uccl.

UCCL Application Instructions

UCCL 4th-year Grant Application Form