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China Scholarship Council-Yale World Scholars Program

Admission of new students into the China Scholarship Council - Yale World Scholars Program is on hold for upcoming 2024-2025 academic year. Applicants from participating universities within the CSC-Yale Program should apply to the BBS Program via the regular admissions route. This webpage will be updated once we are able to begin soliciting nominations for the CSC-Yale Program again.

Yale University has a longstanding relationship and deep history of collaboration with China. In 2006, Yale and the Chinese Ministry of Education forged their first major educational partnership in the biosciences, the China Scholarship Council (CSC) – Yale World Scholars Program in Biomedical Sciences. This program recruits top graduates from nine premier institutions in China for enrollment in Yale’s Combined Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS), with funding from both the CSC and Yale. The CSC-Yale World Scholars program offers students the same outstanding research training available to all BBS students and also provides additional specialized professional development programs. The overall goal is to prepare the Scholars to become the next generation of scientific leaders in China, after completion of their graduate and postdoctoral training.

The nine partner institutions in China are Fudan University, Nanjing University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Sun Yat-Sen University, Tsinghua University, University of Science and Technology of China, and Zhejiang University. These universities nominate four highly qualified graduating students for consideration, and each will be interviewed by BBS faculty. Over fifty Scholars from these universities are currently enrolled in Yale.

Please note that applicants from these and other Chinese institutions may apply directly to the BBS Program. As stated elsewhere on this site, however, funding for international applicants is very limited, and only a small percentage of international applicants receive offers of admission.

Specialized Training

Tony Koleske and Hongyu Zhao, co-Directors of the CSC-Yale World Scholars Program, meet with the students at the beginning of the semester.

Through meetings with successful Yale faculty and senior members of the Yale administration, CSC-Yale World Scholars will be introduced to the critical practices, strategies, and conventions necessary to become future leaders in biomedical research. For example, Scholars meet with faculty to gain insights on how to succeed in graduate school, run a successful research lab, start a biotech company, or translate basic science discoveries into clinical advancements. Students also have the opportunity to meet with deans, vice presidents, or provosts, to learn about the operations of leading a research university. Meetings are exclusively for CSC-Yale World Scholars and are not offered to other students.

Admissions Process

Each institution above will select and nominate four students for the CSC-Yale World Scholars Program. The CSC will then notify the BBS Program of the students’ nominations. The students apply to any Track of the BBS Program via the Yale Graduate School’s online application, and should mention in their personal statements that they have been nominated for consideration as a CSC-Yale World Scholar.

The BBS application deadline is December 1, 2021. Nominees for the CSC-Yale World Scholars program need to submit their application in early November, and the deadline will be posted on this site. Faculty from the BBS Program normally travel to travel to China in early December to interview applicants, and the November deadline will provide admissions committees with sufficient time to review application materials before the interviews.

Applicants will be contacted by email to schedule the interview times. After the interviews have been completed, the BBS admissions committees will recommend a subset of the nominees to the Graduate School for admission. These Scholars will be the best candidates in the judgment of the Yale admissions committees and will not necessarily be evenly distributed among the nine Chinese universities. The Dean of the Graduate School makes all final admissions decisions, which will be communicated to the students, the CSC, and the Chinese universities in writing.

The students admitted to Yale will then proceed to apply for a two-year CSC fellowship via an online application, available at The CSC will officially announce the selection results to relevant Chinese universities and grantees in official documents. The terms of the CSC fellowship include an obligation to return to China for at least two years following the completion of Ph.D. and postdoctoral training.