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2021 International Students Programs

1. Introduction

The Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, located in Haidian District, Beijing, is a scientific research institution directly under the Ministry of Agriculture, the highest agricultural scientific research institution in China, and the recipient institution of Chinese government scholarship for international students in China.

The graduate school was established in 1979 and approved by the State Council in 1981. It became one of the first batches of doctoral and master's degree awarding units in China.

According to the official website of the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in October 2016, the graduate school has set up 10 post-doctoral mobile stations, 10 first-class discipline doctoral programs, 52 second-class discipline doctoral programs, 17 first-class discipline master's programs, 63 second-class discipline master's programs, and 1 interdisciplinary master's and doctor's program; There are more than 4400 postgraduates, including more than 2900 full-time postgraduates; There are more than 300 postdoctoral in the station, and more than 9600 doctors and masters are awarded.


2. Categories of Study

(1) Master’s Student
(2) Doctoral Student
(3) General Scholar
(4) Senior Scholar


3. Doctoral and Master’s Programs


Primary Disciplines


Natural Science

Atmospheric Sciences


* Biology

* Physiology

* Microbiology

* Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

* Biophysics

* Bioinformatics

* Ecology

* Ecology


*Agricultural Engineering

* Agricultural Mechanical Engineering

* Agricultural Water-soil Engineering

* Agricultural Bio-environment and Energy Engineering

Environmental Science and Engineering

Environmental Science

Environmental Engineering

Food Science and Engineering

Food Science

Cereals, Oils, and Vegetable Protein Engineering

Processing and Storage of Agricultural Products

Agricultural Products Processing Equipment


* Crop Science

* Crop Cultivation and Farming System

* Crop Genetics and Breeding

* Crop Germplasm Resources

* Agro-product Quality and Food Safety

* Medicinal Plant Resources

* Agro-products Processing and Utilization

* Horticulture Science

* Pomology

* Vegetable Science

* Tea Science

* Ornamental Horticulture

* Agricultural Resource and Environment Science

* Soil Science

* Plant Nutrition

* Agricultural Water Resource and its Environment

* Agricultural Remote Sensing

* Agricultural Environmental Science

* Plant Protection

* Plant Pathology

* Agricultural Entomology and Pest Control

* Pesticide Science

* Weed Science

* Invasion Biology

* GMO Safety

* Biological Control

* Animal Science

* Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction

* Animal Nutrition and Feed Science

* Special Animals Rearing(including Silkworms, Honeybees, etc.)

* Environmental Science & Engineering of Livestock and Poultry

* Veterinary Medicine

* Basic Veterinary Science

* Preventive Veterinary Science

* Clinical Veterinary Science

* Chinese Traditional Veterinary Science

* Veterinary Pharmaceutics

Science of Forest

Wildlife Conservation and Utilization

* Grassland Science

* Grassland Science

Management Science

Management Science and Engineering

Management Science and Engineering

* Economics and Management of Agriculture and Forestry

* Agricultural Economics & Management

* Agricultural Information Management

* Industrial Economics

* Agricultural Information Analytics

LIS & Archives Management

Information Science

* Information Technology and Digital Agriculture

* Regional Development



(1) In total 48 Doctoral degree programs and 58 Master's degree programs; 

(2) Programs marked “*” are Doctoral and Master's degree programs while programs not

marked “*” are only Master’s degree programs.


4. Fees and Scholarships

4.1 Application Fee, Tuition, and Costs:

(1) Application Fee (charged after admission);

Master’s Student/Doctoral Student: 600 Yuan/person;

General Scholar/Senior Scholar: 400 Yuan/person.

(2) Tuition fee:

Master’s Student/General Scholar: 30,000 RMB/person/year; Doctoral Student/Senior Scholar: 40,000 RMB/person/year. The yearly tuition must be paid at the beginning of each academic year.

(3) Insurance fee: RMB 800/year;

(4) Accommodation fee: 1500 RMB /month for one student;

Note: Students with Scholarships should follow the terms specified in the Scholarship Guideline.


4.2 Scholarships

(1) The Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS)

Applicants who apply for the Chinese Government Scholarships are required to apply either to GSCAAS or directly to the Chinese Embassy or a qualified agency in their country. Please refer to the website: for more details about this scholarship. The scholarship covers the following:

(a). A fee waiver for tuition and basic textbooks. The cost of experiments or internships beyond the program curriculum is a student’s own expense. Costs of books or learning materials other than the required basic textbooks must be covered by the student.

(b). Free on-campus dormitory accommodation.

(c). Living allowance (per month): 

Master’s student & General Scholar: 3,000 RMB;

Doctoral student & Senior Scholar: 3,500 RMB.

(d). The fee to cover Comprehensive Medical Insurance.

Since the GSCAAS has a limited quota for the Chinese Government Scholarship-University program, applicants (especially those who apply for the Master’s program) are encouraged to apply for the CGS-Bilateral program from the Embassy

( Before we issue a Pre-admission letter, applicants must provide copies of their CV, passport information page, research proposal, highest degree transcript, and the acceptance letter from one GSCAAS supervisor. For the CGS-Bilateral program application this year, please approach us for a Pre-admission letter as required by dispatching authorities for overseas study of your home country before the deadline.


(2) The Graduate School of CAAS Scholarship (GSCAASS)

GSCAASS has been established by GSCAAS to sponsor international students and scholars with outstanding academic performance to pursue higher education at CAAS. Those who have received scholarships from the Chinese government or the Beijing government are not eligible for the scholarship. The GSCAASS covers the following:

(a). A fee waiver for tuition and basic textbooks. Costs of experiments or internships beyond the program curriculum are at student’s own expense. Costs of books or learning materials other than required basic textbooks must also be covered by the student.

(b). Free on-campus dormitory accommodation (supported by GSCAAS supervisor).

(c). Research Assistantship (per month, supported by GSCAAS supervisor): 

Master’s student & General Scholar: 3,000 RMB; 

Doctoral student & Senior Scholar: 3,500 RMB. 

(d). The fee to cover Comprehensive Medical Insurance provided by GSCAAS.


(3) The Beijing Government Scholarship (BGS)

BGS has been established by the Beijing Government to sponsor international students and scholars with outstanding academic performance to pursue higher degrees in Beijing. The winners of BGS are exempt from tuition costs for the specific academic year. The GSCAAS supervisor provides research assistant fellowship, accommodation fee of on-campus dormitory and GSCAAS covers Comprehensive Medical Insurance for the international student. Those who have received CGS are not eligible for BGS.


(4) GSCAAS-OWSD Scholarship

This Fellowship has been jointly established by GSCAAS and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and is offered to female scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) to undertake Ph.D. research in Natural, Engineering, and Information Technology sciences at a host institute in the South. The next call for applications will open in early 2021, please refer to: GSCAAS will issue the applicants a Preliminary Acceptance Letter when the eligible application documents were received. The GSCAAS-OWSD fellowship covers:

(a). A monthly allowance to cover basic living expenses such as accommodation and meals while in the host country;

(b). A special allowance to attend international conferences during the period of the fellowship;

(c). The opportunity to attend regional science communications workshops, on a competitive basis;

(d). A return ticket from the home country to the host institute for the agreed research period;

(e). Annual medical insurance contribution (USD 200/year), Visa expenses.

(f). Study fees (including tuition and registration fees) in agreement with the chosen host institute which is also expected to contribute.

(5) Other Scholarships

GSCAAS welcomes international students/scholars supported by international organizations, foreign governments, research institutions, universities, and organizations, to pursue a higher degree at GSCAAS.


5. Application Requirements

5.1 Required status of applicants:

(1) Non-Chinese citizens;

(2) Healthy and willing to abide by the Chinese laws and decrees;

(3) Conform to the education and age requirements as follows:

(a). Master’s programs: holds a Bachelor’s degree and is under the age of 35;

(b). Doctoral programs: holds a Master’s degree and is under the age of 40;

(c). General Scholar: has at least two years of undergraduate studies and is under the age of 35;

(d). Senior Scholar: holds a Master’s or higher degree, or has an academic title of associate professor or higher and is under the age of 40.

(4) English and/or Chinese proficiency.


5.2 Application Documents

 (Submitting via the online application system, not via Email)

(1) Application Form for Study in CAAS-2021

Everyone is REQUIRED to fill in the GSCAAS online application system For the Part II of the Form, please leave it blank, this part is to be filled in by the applicant's supervisor and host institution when we officially refer your case to the institute. Please choose the major and host supervisor cautiously based on the attached Supervisor List and submit your application after a thorough discussion with the expected supervisor. The catalog of the 2021 International Students Programs -2021 will continue to be updated regularly.

For those who intended to apply for Chinese Government Scholarship, you need to log on to the CSC Application System, fill out and generate the CSC Application Form, then upload this "Online generated CSC Application Form" as an attachment in the "Add supporting documents" of GSCAAS online application system.

(2) Photocopy of passport (with at least 2 years validity) - the personal information page;

(3) Highest diploma (notarized photocopy);

(4) Academic transcripts of the most advanced studies (notarized photocopy);

(5) Two reference letters from two Professors or experts with equal titles in related fields;

(6) CV and research proposal (no less than 400 words for General scholars, no less than 500 words for postgraduates);

(7) Language Proficiency Requirements: English Language Certificate; or score reports of TOEFL, IELTS, CEFR, etc.; or score reports of the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK);

(8) Photocopies of degree thesis abstract, complete thesis needed if it is written in English, and abstracts of maximum 5 representative academic papers (full papers are preferred), please do not submit the photocopies of unpublished papers;

(9) No Objection Certificate issued by the current employer (Please indicate that the employer has no objection towards you applying for the scholarship, and your study leave will be granted accordingly);

(10) Foreigner Physical Examination Form (Please take health examination in the hospitals designated by the Chinese Embassy, includes Blood Test Results as attachment). The medical examinations must cover all the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, the official stamp of the hospital, or a sealed photograph of the applicants are invalid. The medical examination results are valid for 6 months;

(11) Acceptance letter (optional). Applicants with an acceptance letter from CAAS professors are preferred;

(12) Non-criminal record report. The applicant shall submit a valid certificate of Non-Criminal Record issued by the local public security authority, usually issued within 6 months before the submission date of the application. Please upload the Non-criminal record report as an attachment in the "Add supporting documents" of the GSCAAS online application system.


5.3. Application Deadline

(1) Applicants who apply for the Graduate School of CAAS Scholarship (GSCAASS) and Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS) are required to submit application documents by April 30th, 2021 for enrolment in the autumn semester.

(2) Applicants must complete and apply the Online Application System for GSCAAS International Students, at:


6. Approval and Notification

GSCAAS will review all the application documents and send the Admission Notice and Visa Application Form for Study in China (Form JW201/JW202) to the qualified applicants around July. 15th, 2021 for autumn semester enrolment.


7. Visa Application

International students should apply for a visa to study in China at a Chinese Embassy or Consulate General, using the original documents and one set of photocopies of the Admission Notice, Visa Application Form for Study in China (Form JW201/JW202), Foreigner Physical Examination Form (original copy and photocopy) and valid passport. Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, the official stamp of the hospital, or a photograph of the applicants are invalid. The medical examination results are valid only for six months. All applicants are kindly requested to consider this while arranging and taking the medical examination.


8. Registration

International students must register with GSCAAS at the time specified in the Admission Notice, using the above-mentioned documents for Visa application. Those who are unable to register before the deadline must request written permission from the Graduate School of CAAS in advance. The registration time for the 2021 autumn semester depends on China's entry policy & regulations and further instructions from the higher authorities. Please pay attention to the following updates regarding registration.


9. Duration of Study and Degree Conferral

The basic duration of study for both Masters and Doctoral degrees in three years. Certificates of graduation and degrees will be awarded to those who have met the requirements of graduation and degree conferral.

The duration of a visiting study is normally less than two years. Applicants who complete the study or research plan will be awarded a visiting study certificate of GSCAAS.


10. Contact Information

Coordinator: Ms. Qin Yilei, International Education Office, the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

E-mail:; email addresses for all CAAS host institutes can be found in the online application system.

These email addresses should only be used for asking questions regarding the application and not for submitting application materials. Soft copies of application materials should be submitted via the online application system. NO NEED to send the hard copy application materials.


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