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University of Liverpool - GREAT scholarships 2018 - China

This year, in partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, University of Liverpool will be offering four £5,500 scholarships to Chinese students applying for Postgraduate research (three scholarships across all subject areas) and Postgraduate Taught (one scholarship in Health & Life Sciences) programs.

In order to support more Chinese students to study in the UK, the British Council, together with 31 UK universities, has launched the GREAT Scholarships 2018 – China campaign. With 145 postgraduate scholarships on offer, the total value of the scholarship scheme is nearly £1 million. This new scholarship scheme will offer an exciting opportunity for Chinese students wishing to get financial support to pursue postgraduate study in the UK. Students can apply for postgraduate courses in subjects including engineering, law, business, art and design, biosciences, IT and more, at 31 institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In order to be eligible for these scholarships applicants must:

  • Be Chinese passport holders
  • Hold an unconditional offer to study for postgraduate research or conditional offer for a postgraduate taught program. The taught program has to be in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. The research programs can be in any subject areas.

Scholarship timeline

  • 31 January 2018 - deadline for prospective Chinese students to apply for the GREAT Scholarships for enrolment in 2018/19
  • 2 March 2018 - results announced by the University of Liverpool.

How to apply

You will need to have secured at least a conditional offer of a place to study for a PhD at the University of Liverpool to be considered for nomination, however, you will not be eligible for an academic place unless you have an unconditional offer so by the time of notifying the BC at the end of February, you’ll need to have an unconditional offer registered on the university system. An unconditional offer letter will not be issued unless the academic department has received all necessary documentation to support an application, including:

  • Two academic references
  • Degree certificate(s)
  • Degree transcript(s)
  • English language test certificate (minimum IELTS 6.5 with no components lower than 5.5 or other equivalent English qualifications)
  • Research proposal (this can be same one as you supply for the scholarship but must be sent separately, please!)

Step 1:

Potential applicants should first apply for a University of Liverpool PhD in the normal way as noted above. Visit our Applying page for instructions on how to apply. Please state clearly on the PhD application form that you wish to apply for the GREAT scholarship funding.

Step 2:

As soon as you get you application ID upon completing the online application, please send an email to the Scholarship secretary at to inform us that you are a GREAT/PhD applicant. Please complete the GREAT application form and attach it to the email. Along with this, please send your academic CV and a research proposal plan of no more than 500 words. Please don’t send the documents for the academic application, they should be sent separately to the department you are planning to enter.

Please apply by 5pm (UK time) 26 February 2018.

Step 3:

We aim to notify applicants by email as soon as possible after the closing date to confirm the outcome of the application and we will also notify the British Council of the outcome. Applicants will then need to submit the confirmation of award to the British Council before their application deadline together with other documents specified on their website.

For more information on the GREAT Scholarships 2018 – China campaign, please visit the British Council website.