China Scholarship Council-Funded Undergraduate Research Placements

Information for Applicants

This program brings undergraduate students from Project 211 universities in China to conduct research at UAlberta under the supervision of faculty members who are experts in their field.

Students gain hands-on, practical research experience in their academic discipline and receive a stipend. The China Scholarship Council provides financial support for up to 30 students from Chinese Project 211 institutions to participate in the UARE program.

>>>View the 2018 CSC-Funded Research Internship Projects Here<<<

When are placements available?

Internships are 3 months in duration and typically take place July 3 until October 3. The internship dates may be flexible, but this depends entirely on the professor supervising the project and requires written confirmation from the supervising professor. The internship duration is determined by CSC and is non-negotiable.


Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Senior undergraduate students. Students should be entering their 3rd year of studies or higher when the internship takes place.
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at any of the Project 211 institutions.
  • Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4-point scale or 85 on a 100-point scale.

Program Highlights

University of Alberta International provides full support for participants before, during and after their placement. A formal orientation, professional development seminars, academic networking opportunities, and a poster symposium are offered to program participants.

 Placement Process

China Scholarship Council (CSC) Cohort (July–September)

CSC Research Project Submission Deadline for UAlberta Professors

July 31

Students Apply to CSC Projects (Posted on Webpage)

August 8 - September 20

Deadline for UAlberta to receive  academic references

Seven calendar days after receiving the reference form

Preliminary Eligibility Screening of Applicants to CSC Projects

Ranking of Eligible Applicants by Research Project Supervisors October

Internship Offers Sent to Selected Applicants 

(NOTE: offer will expire if no confirmation is received within 1 week!)


Immigration Instructions and Required Documentation Sent to Selected Applicants

January - February

 Program Events 

China Scholarship Council (CSC) Cohort (July–September)

Interns arrive and receive individual orientations at International Services Centre

Upon arrival (typically July 4th)

Welcome Session

July 13th (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Meet and Greet Luncheon

July 13th (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Presenting your research

July 18th (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)
Designing a research poster August 1st (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Graduate Studies in North America and at the University of Alberta

August 15th (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Research Poster Symposium

August 22nd (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Certificate Ceremony

August 22nd (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Opportunities to participate in cultural and social events such as city festivals or day trips to nearby attractions are offered on a weekly basis. A chance to purchase tickets for our trip to the Rocky Mountains is made available to every intern.

How to Apply

Follow these instructions to apply for an internship:

  1. Review the available projects; projects specifically for CSC-funded applicants to the 2018 program will be posted on August 8th, 2017. Remember to check whether the project is open to students from academic background and consider whether you are interested in the area of research being pursued by the project.
  2. Complete the Application Form, and email it, along with the rest of the required documents, to You must indicate your project preferences, personal information, as well as provide contact information for 2 (two) academic references. These references will then receive a reference request email from the University of Alberta, which must be completed before September 20th, 2017 in order for your application to be considered.
  3. Email the following documents (in PDF format), and named in the following format: DocumentName_YourName.pdf (ex: CoverLetter_JaneSmith.pdf; OfficialTranscript_JaneSmith.pdf), to
    • Your Resume
    • A scanned copy of your official transcripts. If your official transcripts are in a language other than English, please submit an official translated copy.
    • For each project you are applying on, you must write a cover letter addressed to "Project Supervisor." Make sure that the title of the project is clearly indicated in the title of this document.

The application deadline for the 2018 program is: September 20th, 2017. Once a reference has been contacted, they will need to complete and return the reference form within 7 calendar days.

Only selected students will be contacted.