USC and the China Scholarship Council Establish a Joint Funding Program

July 16, 2013

Contact: Becky Meza at or (213) 821-4229 (Los Angeles, CA); Joyce Chao at or +86-1-8215-9948 (Beijing, China)

LOS ANGELES and BEIJING — July 16, 2013 — The University of Southern California and the China Scholarship Foundation are delighted to announce the creation of the “China Scholarship Council (CSC) — University of Southern California (USC) Joint Funding Program,” an international partnership to support outstanding Chinese graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees at USC.

The partnership was formally commenced at a signing ceremony in Beijing today, attended by senior representatives from the China Scholarship Foundation and USC Vice Provost for Global Initiatives Anthony Bailey.

“The CSC-USC Joint Funding Program represents a joint effort to cultivate outstanding Chinese students and scholars to pursue doctoral degrees at USC,” said Dr. Liu Jinghui, Secretary General, China Scholarship Council.

USC and the CSC will both contribute to the scholarship funding program, which will be available beginning Fall 2013 for up to 30 Chinese doctoral students accepted into any of the 17 professional schools at USC or the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

“We are eager to partner with the University of Southern California, one of the world’s top universities, to support students from China as they continue to pursue their ideas and research,” said Dong Zhixue, Director of the Division of American and Oceania Affairs, China Scholarship Council.

“The University of Southern California benefits from the rich diversity of its students, scholars and faculty who come from around the world to become members of the Trojan Family,” said Sally Pratt, Vice Provost for Graduate Programs at USC. “This scholarship funding program will help support our outstanding doctoral students from China as we work together to meet the world’s most pressing challenges.”

Selected scholarship recipients will join exceptionally talented and diverse doctoral students in the Global Ph.D. Fellowship program at USC. Global fellowships represent the highest level of fellowship funding offered by the university.

“USC has a long history of academic partnerships in the Pacific Rim, and we are honored to collaborate with the China Scholarship Council on this joint scholarship fund that will provide significant support for outstanding students from China,” Bailey said.

USC, located in the heart of Los Angeles, enrolls more international students than any other university in the United States and is among the top higher education destinations for students from China studying abroad. The USC Office of Global Initiatives maintains eight permanent international offices, including an office in Beijing managed by USC Beijing Director Joyce Chao.

About the University of Southern California
The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

About The China Scholarship Council (CSC)
The China Scholarship Council is a non-profit institution with legal person status affiliated with the Ministry of Education.

The objective of the CSC is to provide, in accordance with the law, statutes and relevant principles and policies of China, financial assistance to the Chinese citizens wishing to study abroad and to the foreign citizens wishing to study in China in order to develop the educational, scientific and technological, and cultural exchanges and economic and trade cooperation between China and other countries, to strengthen the friendship and understanding between Chinese people and the people of all other countries, and to promote world peace and the socialist modernization drive in China.

China Scholarship Council is financed mainly by the states special appropriations for scholarship programs. At the same time, the CSC accepts donations from the personages, enterprises, social organizations and other organizations at home and abroad.