The Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program 2024

The Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program 2024

The Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program (CCSEP) was initiated in 1973 through a partnership between Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai. The program is an official exchange initiative designed to enhance Chinese scholars’ and experts’ knowledge and understanding of Canada.


Scholarships under the CCSEP typically provide funding for research in Canada for periods ranging from four to twelve months. These scholarships do not require formal enrollment at a Canadian university, as the recipients are designated as visiting researchers. Successful applicants are expected to travel to Canada before the end of February 2025 to commence their programs.


The program targets non-academics in China holding senior professional positions, such as judges, broadcasters, and economists, as well as full-time, permanent teaching or research staff, and master’s or doctoral graduates. The goal is for these individuals to return to China and make a significant contribution to Chinese society and foster mutual understanding between Canada and China.

Fields of Study

The CCSEP focuses on Canadian studies, with an emphasis on the social sciences and humanities. Relevant fields include:

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Law
  • International Relations
  • History
  • Politics
  • Geography
  • Arts
  • English or French Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Education
  • Communications Policy
  • Media Studies
  • Science Policy
  • Sociology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Architecture
  • Other related fields


The program is administered by the China Scholarship Council and the Canadian Embassy in China.

For application information, interested candidates should visit the China Scholarship Council (website available only in Chinese) at