• American Short-Term Study in China Initiative

    ASSCI LogoThe American Short-Term Study in China Initiative (ASSCI) is a scholarship program offered by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America and administered by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The scholarship will fund institutional-based, faculty-led study abroad programs in China. Faculty members with existing China study abroad programs, or institutions interested in developing a program for studying in China, are encouraged to apply by submitting a funding proposal.

    Funding proposals should be submitted by the leading faculty on U.S. campuses, with support from the provost, along with accompanying approval and signatures from the individual responsible for study abroad programs on each campus.




    The ASSCI program focuses on joint efforts between U.S. and Chinese partner institutions. Chinese partners must be recognized by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Please visit their website for a list of CSC institutions. AASCU can also provide recommendations for Chinese institutional partners.

    If you need help with identifying a partner to apply for the scholarship, please indicate this when completing your application form. 

    The program is provided at no additional charge to faculty members from AASCU member institutions. Non-member institutions are invited to apply. However, if the proposal is approved, the institution will be required to pay a non-refundable program administration fee of $1,000 to AASCU.

    When the proposal is approved by the Chinese embassy, all the students enrolled in the proposed program will be eligible to receive the ASSCI scholarship. The scholarship covers 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

    Applicant must be a:

    • Teaching faculty/administrator who teaches a course that requires students to study abroad in China
    • Teaching faculty/administrator who is interested in developing a course for students to study abroad in China

    The course must meet the following requirements:

    • Is co-designed and co-taught with a Chinese partner institution, with at least 50% of the content delivered by the Chinese partner on site in China
    • Offers academic credits for all the students 
    • Has a duration of no less than four weeks and no longer than one academic year
    • Has a minimum of six students
    • Has a maximum of no more than 30 students

    The selection committee will use several criteria when reviewing applications:

    • The proposed program will be measured for clarity of learning goals and the extent to which the program’s activities contribute to those goals.
    • The proposed program includes faculty leadership at the American institution.
    • The proposed program uses the resources of the Chinese partner, such as academic strengths, location in China, and connections outside the institution. 
    • The proposed program involves students from the Chinese partner institution.

    1. Complete and submit the Proposal Form and Nomination Form before Friday, Nov. 18, 2022
    2. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by a Selection Committee organized by the Chinese embassy and AASCU. They will then recommend proposals to the CSC for approval. 
    3. Applicants will be notified by Dec. 15, 2022. 
    4. Once an American institution has received notification of its successful application, participating students, under the supervision of the leading American faculty, will complete individual scholarship applications on the CSC website during January–March 2023.
    5. Faculty-led group study abroad in China: May–July 2023

    Who is qualified to apply for the scholarship?

    A 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 paid to the Chinese partner institution, accommodations, a monthly stipend, and comprehensive medical insurance. The actual monetary value of each scholarship for a four-week program could be approximately $10,000 or 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 upon arriving at the Chinese campus.

    How much is the stipend?

    • ¥2500 per month for undergraduate students
    • ¥3000 per month for master’s students
    • ¥3500 per month for doctoral students

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

    Yes. You will need to state that you have no partner and you’re requesting assistance in the proposal form. AASCU will work with the Chinese embassy to find a matching partner for the program. It may take a few weeks to a few months. Once you accept our recommendation and work out the articulation plan with the recommended partner, we will continue to work on your application for funding.

    Are there any special qualifications for students to apply for the scholarship?

    Once your proposal is approved, all registered students are qualified to apply. However, the student applicant must be a full-time student and cannot be a Chinese citizen.

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

    You will need to renew your program with the embassy if there is no change to the previously approved program. The renewal process is simple. The purpose of renewal is for the embassy to have a record of the program each year. If there are changes at the partner institutions in China, such as different teaching faculty, altered course description or delivery methods, etc., you will need to submit a new proposal for approval. Your students will also 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 can 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 will be able to cover room and board. However, these costs are not considered part of the scholarship program.

    Is there a limit/restriction for any majors or specializations?

    There are no limits and restrictions for institutions. We welcome faculty members in any major as long as the proposal reflects the goals, and the teaching curriculum involves joint activities of the program that contribute to those goals. Multiple faculty members from one institution could submit individual proposals for separate funding as long as they have partners in China.


    • Sufei Li
      Assistant Director of China / Asia Programs
      (202) 478-7823