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China Scholarship Council - Applicant information

The University Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) has signed an agreement with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to receive applications from excellent Chinese scholars who will be applying for CSC scholarships. The Politecnico di Milano offers programmes in Engineering, Architecture, and Design, and it is highly ranked among the world top universities in all these areas (precisely, 6th in the world in Design, 11th in Architecture, and 16th in Engineering and Technology by the “QS World Technical University Ranking 2020). It is located in Milan, Italy, in a highly developed industrial area in Northern Italy.

Applying to the Politecnico di Milano as a Full Doctoral Student for CSC applicants

The candidates, with Chinese citizenship, interested in CSC grants, and who plan to apply to POLIMI, will have to submit their application to get an offer of admission to the Politecnico di Milano PhD program, following the procedure below. Applications will be accepted from 5th November 2019.

  1. Determine which doctoral program you'd like to apply to and visit their website to learn more. Information about PhD programmes at the Politecnico di Milano can be found at the following page: PhD programmes.
  2. Collect the required transcripts and university level diplomas (pdf of the original and  a translation in Italian or English) and reference letters
  3. Investigate potential supervisors in the graduate program you intend to apply to. Many graduate programs recommend that before applying, you make contact via email with a faculty member in the department under whose mentorship you would like to study. This person may be able to support your application in the selection process.
  4. Send your application to with the following attachments:
    • filled in application form [download]. You must indicate on the application that you will apply for the CSC scholarship and the PhD program you are interested in, and the name of the potential supervisor, with whom you are in contact. 
    • your CV, including date of birth and postal address (please send your CV according to the format in this page)
    • your transcripts (marksheets) and university level diplomas (pdf of the original and a translation in Italian or English), please ensure these transcripts, diplomas and translations are in a separate pdf to the other documents.  In the preadmission phase, translations can be informal, a legalized translation will be requested if admitted with the scholarship. If still attending a Master’s, we need a statement from your university attesting to your enrolment and expected completion date.
    • your research proposal, an example can be found here
    • a short motivation statement (max. 2500 characters)
    • reference letter(s) (optional)
    • if already available, transcript of English certification according to the admission requirements 
    • identity document
  5. Once you have received an offer of admission from the Politecnico di Milano, apply to the CSC doctoral scholarship program.

Please note:

  • The offer of admission will grant a tuition fee waiver, under the agreement between the Politecnico di Milano and CSC
  • The offer of admission will be conditional to the awarding of the CSC grant. Candidates interested in applying to the Politecnico di Milano outside the CSC grant agreement will have to follow the application procedure illustrated in admission.
  • Polimi will assign to each CSC scholarship recipient a research fund of 3.000,00 EUR. This research fund can be used by the scholarship recipient to cover the expenses related to attending meetings and performing research visits.
  • The candidates will have to present a certificate proving their knowledge of the English language at the level required for PhD admission at Politecnico di Milano before completing their registration at the Politecnico di Milano after receiving the CSC grant (see admission requirements).
  • The duration of the PhD program is normally four years.
  • General information for foreign students at the Politecnico di Milano can be obtained in the International Portal 


  • PhD in Design:
    1st Deadline for applications is 15th January 2020
    2nd Deadline for applications is 15th February 2020
    (*The PhD of Design has planned a new evaluation process that includes 1) the assessment of the materials as required by the existing procedure (CV, Academic career, Research Proposal etc..) and 2) an interview (via skype) to assess the English proficiency and personal motivation. Students may apply according to two dead lines: an early bird (15 January) and a final one (15 February). This is to allow the Design PhD commission time to accomplish the evaluation process. In the case of equal scoring evaluations, the early bird applicants will have the priority) 
  • Update. The deadlines for applications evaluation have been extended by 1 month. The new deadline for applications is now set at 15 March 2020.

  • All other PhD programmes: deadline for applications 15th February 2020.
  • Update. The deadlines for applications evaluation have been extended by 1 month. The new deadline for applications is now set at 15 March 2020.
  • Applications received after the deadline will not be directly rejected, but Polimi cannot guarantee the completion of the evaluation procedure in time for the CSC application


If you require assistance from the Politecnico di Milano, you may contact for general information about the admission procedure or contact the graduate programme to which you are applying for details about the programme.

Thank you for your interest in the PhD  programmes at Politecnico di Milano.