The ASEAN-China Young Leaders Scholarship Program (ACYLS) is an initiative in response to the call of the Leaders of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and ASEAN Member States (AMS) to increase people-to-people exchanges, strengthen educational cooperation and promote academic exchanges and linkages between AMS and the PRC, in an effort to foster a third pillar of socio-cultural and people-to-people exchanges within ASEAN-China relationship towards building a closer community of shared future.

The 2023 ACYLS intake includes an award for Master’s degree Program, Doctoral degree Program and one-semester research scholar Program.

Deadline: 7 March 2023


ACYLS provides a full scholarship award covering all program-related expenses including tuition waiver and other school fees, accommodation, round-trip international airfare, comprehensive medical insurance and stipends. The monthly stipend for each supporting category is as follows:

  • Master’s Students: 4000 RMB
  • Doctoral Students: 5000 RMB
  • Research Scholars: 5000 RMB


Recipients of ACYLS will be sponsored by the scholarship for a certain duration according to their enrolled length of schooling. The recipients shall complete their studies within the duration of the scholarship. The length of schooling for each supporting category is as follows:

  • Master’s Students: 2-3 academic years
  • Doctoral Students: 3-4 academic years
  • Research Scholars: 4-5 months


Applicants of ACYLS should meet the following criteria:

  • Citizen of an ASEAN Member State (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam);
  • In sound physical and mental health;
  • Proficient in English (i.e., must possess an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or a TOEFL score of at least 80 points);
  • Holder of an undergraduate degree and under the age of 45 if applying for a master’s degree;
  • Holder of a graduate/master’s degree and under the age of 45 if applying for a PhD degree;
  • Holder of at least an undergraduate degree if applying for the short-term research program;
  • 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:

     o work related to foreign and international affairs, especially ASEAN and China-ASEAN affairs;

     o work or study in the PRC;

     o 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.

How to apply: Those interested in applying for scholarships, please complete the application process through the Chinese Government Scholarship Information System (CGSIS) and download the completed application form and supporting documents. Prepared as a PDF file sent to the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation via electronic mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within 7th March 2023.

For more information:

Contact: Miss Chehasnah Haji-Cheteh  Tel. 02-610-5450

Download: Guidebook to the ASEAN-China Young Leaders Scholarship (for Public Release)