LMU–CSC Scholarship Program

The China Scholarship Council (CSC), in cooperation with LMU Munich, offers scholarships to highly qualified Chinese students and researchers.

Outstanding Chinese students and researchers have the opportunity to conduct their doctoral research projects at LMU Munich, one of the strongest research Universities in Europe, supported by a full scholarship from the Chinese Scholarship Council.

Thanks to an exclusive agreement between LMU Munich and CSC, more than 200 doctoral students of various disciplines from Biology to Sociology have received scholarships for doctoral studies since 2005.

Students can choose to follow a full doctoral program at LMU Munich (3-4 years) or to participate in a so-called “sandwich model”, where only part of their research project is conducted at LMU (1-2 years).


Dr. Dongmei Zhang (Coordinator of Applications LMU–CSC Programm)
Ludwigstr. 27
80539 Munich
Tel.: +49 (0)89 2180-6169
E-mail: dongmei.zhang@lmu.de
Application E-mail: csc.international@lmu.de

For more program details click here.

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Research opportunities

Program Category

Doctoral studies for Chinese students can be pursued within two models:

Model 1: Scholarships for doctoral projects pursued only at LMU Munich

Most doctoral students at LMU Munich carry out their thesis studies under the supervision of an individual professor and there is no compulsory curriculum. In addition to the individual doctoral supervision scheme, LMU offers a growing number of doctoral programs — there are currently 36 structured programs covering a broad range of disciplines.

Model 2: Scholarships for “Sandwich” doctoral programs

Students who choose the “Sandwich” Model undertake the first year of their graduate studies at their home university, then do one or two years of research at LMU and return to China to complete their doctoral program. The doctoral title is conferred by the Chinese university. In all other respects, this model follows the individual supervision scheme.

In addition to directly contacting tutors, you can also find them through the following ways:

International Office

The easiest way to get in touch with LMU Munich is to contact the LMU–CSC team of the International Office.


Special LMU–CSC coordinators can help you to find the right research match within a faculty, department or discipline.

“Open positions”

Some of our researches and/or institutes define research projects especially for the LMU–CSC joint program.

Application procedure

The application process for admission to the LMU–CSC program is as follows.

  1. Find a tutor from a relevant department, contact the tutor and get an offer from him/her.
  2. From October to the middle of February of the next year, submit all the required documents, including tutor’s offer, to LMU-CSC program online application system.
  3. Accepted applicants will receive an admission letter for doctoral studies at LMU. Use the admission letter for applying scholarships. (For details, please visit CSC)

Special features for
LMU-CSC program

Once admitted to, and enrolled in the LMU–CSC program, students benefit from a series of supporting measures that not only enable participants to make the best use of LMU’s excellent research environment, but also provide them with important additional skills.

Those features are:

  • CSC full grant

  • Orientation program

  • Language Course

  • Housing support

  • Cultural program

  • Phased achievement report