ASEAN-CHINA YOUNG LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP (ACYLS) 2020
ASEAN-China Young Leaders Scholarship (ACYLS) 2020

The ACYLS is an initiative put forward by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and echoed by all ASEAN leaders at the 21st ASEAN-China Summit in 2018. It enables ASEAN nationals to pursue post-graduate studies and training opportunities in China, thus enhancing ASEAN’s capacity building and promoting academic and vocation exchanges between China and ASEAN. The Chinese government, through the China Mission to ASEAN in cooperation with the Joint Committee in Jakarta, offers 40 full scholarships for AUN member and associate member universities for the ACYLS 2020.

Scholarship categories
The 2020 ACYLS intake includes award for:
  • Master’s degree programme (10)
  • Doctoral degree programme (10)
  • One-semester research scholar programme (20)
Financial scheme
ACYLS offers full scholarship covering all program-related expenses including tuition waiver and other school fees, accommodation, round-trip international air fare, comprehensive medical insurance and stipends.
Length of Scholarship
Recipients of ACYLS will be sponsored by the scholarship for a certain duration according to their enrolled length of schooling.
Supporting Category Length of Schooling Length of Scholarship
Master’s Students 2-3 academic years 2-3 academic years
Doctoral Students 3-4 academic years 3-4 academic years
Research Scholars 4-5 months 4-5 months
Eligibility
Applicants of ACYLS should meet the following criteria:
a. Citizen of 10 ASEAN Member States;
b. In sound physical and mental health;
c. Proficient in English (i.e., must possess an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or a TOEFL score of at least 80 points);
d. Holder of an undergraduate degree and under the age of 45 if applying for a master’s degree;
e. Holder of a graduate/master’s degree and under the age of 45 if applying for a PhD degree;
f. Holder of at least an undergraduate degree if applying for the short-term research program;
g. Having at least one-year work experience within government agencies, public or private institutions, universities, think-tanks or similar social agencies, and preferably has experience in the following:
  • - Work related to foreign and international affairs, especially ASEAN and China-ASEAN affairs;
  • - Work or study in the PRC;
  • - Academic work on China or ASEAN-related affairs;
  • - Not a concurrent awardee of a Chinese government scholarship;
  • - Meets other admission requirements of the Chinese universities to which the applicant has applied.
Application Procedures
Step 1- Complete online application by visiting CGSIS (Chinese Government Scholarship Information System) at http://www.csc.edu.cn/studyinchina or http://www.campuschina.org and click “Scholarship Application for Students” to log in. Online submission of the application is compulsory for each applicant by completing the application information and uploading all necessary supporting documents.
Step 2- Prepare the application documents according to the “List of Application Documents” and upload all the required documents into the online application system. Also submit the hard copies of application form and relevant documents to the AUN Secretariat as required by the deadline. AUN Secretariat will then review the qualifications of all applicants and provide the list of recommended recipients to the Joint Committee of the ACYLS, which will decide the final recommendation list.
Step 3- The Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) will only process the applications recommended by the Joint Committee. Applicants not included in the list will not be considered. CSC reserves the right to make necessary adjustments to the applicants’ host universities.
Submission deadline: 30 April 2020

One original hard copy of the applications must be submitted to the AUN Secretariat Office at below address by the deadline.


Naparat Phirawattanakul (Ms.)
Senior Programme Officer
ASEAN University Network (AUN) Secretariat
17 Floor., Chaloem Rajakumari 60 Building, Chulalongkorn University
Phayathai Rd., Bangkok 10330
Tel: 662-2153640 ext 106
Fax: 662-2168808
E-mail: aun.naparat@gmail.com