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Confucius Institute Scholarships

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota is accepting applications for 2010 Confucius Institute Scholarships
Scholarship deadline is March 31, 2010!

Eligibility:
Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens in good health.
This scholarship is not limited to University of Minnesota students.

Confucius Institute Scholarships are offered in two areas:
1. Scholarships for advanced study:
Duration is for one semester or one academic year. Applicants are required to have a basic knowledge of Chinese language and be under the age of 55.
2. Scholarships for Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of other Languages:
Duration is two years. Applicants are required to have bachelors degree or its equivalent and be under the age of 45.

The scholarship provides students with:
1. Tuition and on-campus lodging
2. A monthly allowance (1,400 CNY for advanced study, 1,700 CNY for Master of Teaching program)
3. A one-time settlement subsidy (1,500 CNY for 1+ years, 1,000 CNY for less than 1 year)
4. Comprehensive Medical Insurance*: provided by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters for scholarship students in China in case of hospitalization for serious illness or injury.

Application process:
1. log on to the Confucius Scholarship website at http://cis.chinese.cn to set up an individual account.
2. submit application documents (list below) to Confucius Institute at University of Minnesota by March 31, 2010.

Application documents (submit paper copies, in duplicate)
1. Signed application form (found on Confucius Scholarship website http://cis.chinese.cn
2. Photocopy of the photo page of your passport
3. Application statement. For advanced study, include your background in studying Chinese language and your study plan in China. At least 200 words and signed. For Masters of Teaching Chinese include a detailed plan for your study and research in China. At least 200 words and signed.
4. Chinese proficiency certificates (HSK is required for Masters of Teaching Chinese
5. Transcripts from all institutions of higher education, issued directly to Confucius Institute at University of Minnesota by the institution with an official stamp. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by notarized translations in Chinese or English.
6. Two letters of recommendation (in English or Chinese) by professors or associate professors (only required for Masters of Teaching applicants)

*All awardees will be required to sign a release and waiver from University of Minnesota and purchase emergency medical insurance through the Learning Abroad Center.

Visit http://confucius.umn.edu/students/cischolarship/ for more information.

Sincerely
Emily Hanson, Program/Project Specialist
Confucius Institute, Office of International Programs, University of Minnesota
160 University International Center
331-17th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-625-5080, Fax: 612-625-5185
http://confucius.umn.edu/

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