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Scholarship Description

The American Short-term Study in China Initiative (ASSCI) is offered by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States in cooperation with the American Council on Education (ACE) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The application process is managed and supported by Sannam S4 for program administration and logistic services.

ASSCI offers scholarships to students enrolled at American institutions with either pre-existing or newly developed study abroad programs in China.  Funding proposals must be submitted by the leading faculty or the director of the study abroad office or an administrator of a similar role or higher rank at the American institution.  The study abroad program must be a joint effort with a Chinese institution that is recognized by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Click on for a list of CSC institutions.

Scholarship Details

ASSCI scholarships will cover the following expenses for each participating student:

  • Tuition at the Chinese institution
  • On-campus accommodation 
  • Health insurance
  • Monthly Stipend 

The scholarship does NOT cover:

  • Tuition at the American institution
  • International airfare
  • China visa application fees

Scholarship Eligibility

In order to be considered for this institutional award, programs must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Program must be co-designed and co-taught with the Chinese partner institution, with at least 50% of the content delivered by the Chinese partner
  • Program must be offered for academic credit that is transferable to the American university
  • Program must be NO less than four weeks and no longer than one academic year;
  • Program should have a minimum of six registered students from the American institution, the maximum number of award scholarships for each approved program is thirty students.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Please complete the Proposal Form, obtain the necessary signatures and send it to Ms. Sufei Li at

Proposals will be accepted through October 31, 2021. Submitted proposals will be reviewed and rated by the Selection Committee organized by the Chinese Embassy and recommended to CSC for approval.  Applicants will be notified by December 1, 2021.  Once an American institution has received notification of its successful application, participating students, under the supervision of the American learning faculty, will complete individual scholarship applications on the CSC website (  The recipient institute will pay a non-refundable program management fee of $750 to Sannam S4 Inc.

The committee will use several criteria when reviewing applications.

  • Clarity of learning goals, and the extent to which the activities of the program contribute to those goals
  • Faculty leadership at the American institution
  • The extent to which the program uses the resources of the Chinese partner, such as academic strengths, location in China, and connections outside the institution
  • The extent to which the program involves students from the Chinese partner institution.

Institutional Partner Request Form

If you need a partner to apply for the scholarship, please fill out the form here. If you have partners already, please ignore this part. 

Timeline for the ASSCI Scholarship Application (For 2021-2022 Academic Year)

  • October 30, 2021: application and proposal submission to Sannam S4
  • November 2021: Chinese Embassy and selection committee will review the applications
  • December 1, 2021: Applicants receive a final notification with approval
  • January-March 2022: Program on-campus promotion and students apply online for the scholarships at
  • May-July, 2022: Study Program in China


Who is qualified to apply for the scholarship?

As a faculty-led program,  teaching faculty in any discipline can apply for the ASSCI Program. The students in the program are qualified to apply for the scholarship automatically once the program is approved.

What is the financial value of the scholarship?

The scholarship for each student covers tuition, accommodation, monthly stipend, comprehensive medical insurance and stipend. Depending on the length of the designed program, the actual monetary value of each scholarship for a four-week program could be approximately $10,000 and more.

How does a student receive the scholarship money?

Part of the scholarship, such as tuition fees, accommodation fees and comprehensive medical insurance, goes to the host university directly. The student receives a monthly stipend when he/she arrives on the Chinese campus.

How much is the stipend?

  • 2500/m for undergraduate students; 
  • 3000/m for master’s students; 
  • 3500/m for doctoral students

Can I apply for the funding if I don’t have a Chinese partner institute yet?

Yes. You will need to submit a partner-seeking request form first. We will help you find a matching partner for the program. It may take a few weeks to a few months. Once you work out the articulation plan with the suggested partner, you can apply for the funding.

Any special qualifications for students to apply for the scholarship? 

Once your proposal is approved, all your students who register for your courses are qualified to apply. However, the student applicant must be a full-time student and a non-Chinese citizen.

As a teaching faculty member, do I have to apply for the program every year?

You need to renew your program with the Embassy if no change of the previously approved program. The renewal process is very simple.  The purpose of renewal is for the Embassy to have a record of each program update each year.  If there are changes at the partner institutes in China, such as different teaching faculty, altered course description and delivery methods, etc, you will need to submit a new proposal for approval.  However, your students need to apply for the scholarships through CSC’s online application every year to participate and receive the scholarships.

As a leading faculty, am I covered by the scholarship?

Only eligible students could apply for the scholarship. The leading faculty member is responsible for all the expenses including international travel, room, and board in China. It is possible that your partner university may be able to cover your room and board if you can work out with them. However, it is not considered part of the scholarship program.

Is there a limit/restriction for any majors and specialization for the proposal?

There are no limits and restrictions for each individual institute. We welcome any leading faculty in any majors as long as the proposal reflects the goal and the teaching curriculum involving joint activities of the program that contribute to those goals.  Multiple faculty members from one institute could submit individual proposals for separate funding proposals as long as they have partners in China.