The China Oxford Scholarship Fund (COSF) was established in 1992 to provide scholarships for students from China who have been accepted for graduate study at Oxford and who will return and contribute to the future development of China after their studies.

COSF is run by volunteers and is completely independent of the University, therefore please refer to the COSF website for the definitive information about these scholarships.

COSF offer a number of different awards on an annual basis, the value of which will vary. COSF usually expect the awards to be used towards the cost of tuition fees.


To be eligible to apply to the China Oxford Scholarship Fund awards programme, a student must be a Chinese citizen ordinarily resident in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong or Macau and must have an official or conditional offer from the University of Oxford at the time of application. Students who are already studying at the University of Oxford are also eligible to apply. However, preference is given to those who will begin their first year of graduate studies at Oxford.

How to apply

The application process for China Oxford Scholarship Fund (COSF) awards is completely separate from that of the University of Oxford. You should apply directly to COSF.

The application process for the 2018 – 2019 academic year is now closed. The application process for the 2019 –  2020 academic year starts on the 1st of January 2019 and closes on the 15th April 2019 with applications to be received at their Hong Kong postal address. Please note that the 15th April  closing date is not a postmark deadline date.   The 2019 application form will be available for download in November 2018.  They strongly recommend you read their FAQ before starting  your application. If you have any questions, please contact them at Please ensure your enquiry is in English.

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