Chinese Language Awards

Information for Applicants

The Great Britain-China Educational Trust grants awards for the study of Chinese language, normally up to £2,000 each.

The Trustees consider Language Award applications twice a year in the autumn and spring.

Call for applications opens on 1st September 2017 for the November 2017 meeting
The deadline will be in October 2017
The meeting will be held in November 2017

The Chinese Language Awards are targeted at British students (in any subject), enroled on a postgraduate degree course at a British or East Asian university which includes a taught Chinese language element. 
Also highly encouraged are PhD students who need Chinese language to aid their research and fieldwork.

Application forms can be downloaded from the GBCET web pages, or email  

Eligibility and information

  • Awards are for the study of any Chinese language (spoken and/or written).
  • No previous knowledge of Chinese is required to be eligible.  
  • The language instruction will normally be undertaken in Britain, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Singapore. 
  • Candidates should be of British nationality and normally resident in Britain.
  • Candidates must be postgraduate students, in any subject, in a British university. Those enrolled on a postgraduate course in a PRC, Hong Kong, or Taiwanese university will be considered but preference will be given to applicants based at a British university.
  • Masters degree applicants must have started their degree and provide proof of their enrollment with their application. Applicants whose principle degree course does not include language training as integral to the course (usually PhD students) must also provide proof of application to a language course at the time application. Successful PhD applicants will be expected to provide proof of enrollment before the grant is given.
  • If unsuccessful, after a year candidates may re-apply for the award, once only. 
  • Successful awardees cannot apply again. Awards are not renewable.  
  • Those undertaking private tuition or informal language swap arrangements.
  • Undergraduates.
  • Post-doctorates.
  • Non-British nationalities.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate honours degree (single or combined) that included Chinese language as a major component of the degree. 

  • It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that references are received by the deadline. They may arrive separately or be included with the application. We do NOT contact referees for references.
  • At least one reference should be from your supervisor or a teacher at your principle institution who knows your well. If you have just begun your course, your supervisor from a previous institution will suffice. 
  • References must be either signed or be submitted on headed paper, preferably both.
  • References should not be dated more than six months before the application deadline. 
  • References written in Chinese must be on headed paper and be accompanied by a translation. 
  • References may be addressed to the "Trustees".
When you complete the form:
  • Ensure you are using the most current form. Check at the bottom of the form for reference v.2016.05 or v.2016.08.
  • Do not submit double-sided pages. Double-sided applications will be automatically rejected.
  • If completing in pen, only use black ink. But we recommend that, if possible, you do not submit hand-written applications.
  • Do not staple the form. It will be photocopied.

Submitting your application: 

  • All applicants must include proof of matriculation on to their main degree course with their application.  In addition, PhD applicants, whose course does not include Chinese language as part of their degree, must provide evidence of application on to their chosen language course.* 

  • You may email your application to, or send it in the post to the address below.
  • If you email the application you may submit it either in Word, or fixed formats, e.g. PDFs.
  • Please do not send in your application until after the "Call for Applications" date.
*Successful PhD applicants must provide proof of enrollment before the grant will be paid out. We realise this could be many months later. 

Great Britain-China Educational Trust (GBCET)
15 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8PS

updated 17 August 2016