The 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.
INSTITUTIONAL APPROVAL FORM
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:
The scholarship does NOT cover:
Applicant must be a:
course must meet the following requirements:
selection committee will use several criteria when reviewing applications:
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
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
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
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.