The China Oxford Scholarship Fund (COSF) awards scholarships to students from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macau who have won a place for postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford. Up to twenty scholarships are awarded annually. Preference is given to those who are studying in the United Kingdom for the first time. Successful candidates are those of the highest calibre studying in any subject. They are chosen for their academic excellence, financial need, leadership quality and their commitment to contribute to the development of China.
COSF’s objectives are both to grow the awards amounts. It hopes it can establish an endowment that will provide fully-funded scholarships every year to 20 postgraduates in perpetuity. The Fund has strong links with the University of Oxford and its China Centre. It works closely with the University’s International Office and Graduate Admissions and Funding Office. COSF also maintains ties with the top universities in the People’s Republic of China. While it does not benefit from any government funding, its educational initiative is endorsed by the British and Chinese Governments.