Educational Trust

The Great Britain-China Educational Trust (GBCET)

The Great Britain-China Educational Trust (GBCET) is a registered charity (no.269944) administered by the Great Britain-China Centre. The Trust was set up in 1975 with proceeds from The Genius of China exhibition held at the Royal Academy in 1974.

The GBCET Trustees meet twice a year, in spring and autumn, to discuss support for:

  • Chinese students in Britain through the Chinese Student Awards
  • The study of Chinese language through the Chinese Language Awards
  • Fieldwork and conference papers in China, given by British PhD students enrolled at a British university. Applications should be made using the Chinese Language Awards application form. (NB. The Universities' China Committee in London also has an award in this category, click here for more information)

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 7th May 2020

The deadline for application submission is Monday 30th March 2020

The call for applications opens on Wednesday 15th January 2020 for the May meeting.

(Please note that Easter is the 12th April)


The November 2020 meeting will be on Tuesday 17th November 2020

The deadline for application submission is Sunday 18th October 2020

The call for applications opens on Saturday 1st August 2020.


Chinese Students Awards

Awards are granted up to £3,000 but the most common amount awarded is between £1,500-£2,000.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Chinese nationality (from the PRC inc. Hong Kong) studying for a PhD in any subject at a UK university. Students must have started their third year before they are eligible to submit their application.
  • Students may apply twice for the award, but must wait a year before trying again. Successful awardees cannot apply again. Awards are not renewable.

The Trustees will not consider applications from:

  • Undergraduates, or postgraduates enrolled on a taught course e.g. MA & MSc, or students requiring funding for the first two years of a PhD.
  • Chinese nationals attending or giving papers at conferences, conducting fieldwork or taking research trips

The Trustees will also not consider requests for funding intended for research materials (e.g. books, lab equipment, software). The awards are meant to contribute towards applicants' university tuition fees, and living expenses.

Chinese Student Awards Application Instructions (PDF)

Chinese Student Awards Form (Word)

Supervisors Comments Form (Word)


Chinese Language Awards

Awards are granted normally up to £2,000 each.

Eligibility requirements:

  • British nationality postgraduate students (in any subject) who are normally resident in the UK and enrolled in a British university.
  • Candidates must be seeking funding for the study of the Chinese language (spoken or written) as a taught element of their degree OR for Chinese language training which is not built in to their degree but which would aid their research, e.g. PhD courses. In the latter case, funding is considered for British PhD students giving conference papers in China, or travelling to China to pursue essential doctoral research.
  • Applicants whose principle degree course does not include language training as integral to the course (usually PhD courses) must also provide proof of enrolment on to a language course.
  • Language instruction will be undertaken in Britain, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Singapore.
  • British nationality students enrolled on a postgraduate course in a PRC, Hong Kong, or Taiwanese university will be considered but preference will be given to applicants enrolled and based at a British university.
  • Applicants must have started their degree and provide proof of their matriculation.
  • No previous knowledge of Chinese is required to be eligible.
  • If unsuccessful, after a year candidates may re-apply for the award, once only. Successful awardees cannot apply again. Awards are not renewable.

The Trustees will not consider applications from:

  • Undergraduates, postdoctorates, or those without British nationality.
  • Those undertaking private tuition or informal language swap arrangements.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate honours degree (single or combined) that included Chinese language as a major component of the degree.

Chinese Language Awards Application Instructions (PDF)

Chinese Language Awards Application Form (PDF)

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