Scholarships and Awards

With the rapid development of China’s economy, China is opening up to the world. As a result, a new trend for people in the United States and worldwide is to study the Chinese language and culture. It has also become a trend to study, work and live in China. In 2009 President Obama proclaimed that in the next four years 100,000 American college students would be sent to study in China. To echo his policy, the Chinese government has presented the “Three 10,000” proposal, which provides 10,000 U.S. students scholarships for studying in China, 10,000 U.S. winners of the “Chinese Bridge” Contest scholarships for studying in China, and sends 10,000 Chinese students to the U.S. for doctoral studies. In our role as a bridge between the US and China, we help our students take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Currently, Pace CI provides two kinds of Scholarships and Awards.

Confucius Institute Scholarships:
Pace CI, in a partnership with Hanban is offering scholarships to study in China. These scholarships are only available to students who have studied a certain amount of Chinese language and culture at the Pace CI, have/will take the HSK exam and have never studied in China before.

There are 3 types of scholarships available:



Four-week study scholarship in the summer term or winter term – must have studied at least 30 hours at Pace CI and have taken the HSK exam.



One year study scholarship – must have studied 60 hours at Pace CI and have a score of 120 or higher on HSK exam level 2.



Two-year Master’s Degree scholarship (2 years) – must have a Bachelor’s degree and a score of 180 or higher on HSK exam level 5. Applicants must also make a written commitment to teach Chinese for 5 years after graduation.

The scholarships include tuition, lodging, insurance, and stipend.

If you are interested in qualifying for the scholarship you may take courses or have one on one tutoring sessions at the Confucius Institute. You can also register for the HSK exam at the Confucius Institute.

For more detailed information about the scholarship and application procedures please visit

Confucius Institute Scholarship Winner: Christopher Huang

I have been working at the Confucius Institute for over 5 months. Working here has been a very enriching experience. I am in an environment where I am learning something new every day. It has given me an opportunity to expand my Chinese vocabulary and my knowledge about China. By working here, I was among the first people to know about the Confucius Institute Scholarship, applied early, and received the scholarship!

I am very grateful and honored to receive the Confucius Institute Scholarship. In September 2011, I will be studying in Nanjing Normal University. I look forward to learning the Chinese language and Chinese history. I can speak Chinese fluently, but my reading and writing skills are weak. Being able to speak Chinese is a big advantage in the job market, and once my reading and writing skills become stronger, I would become even more marketable. I believe that my Chinese language skills play a very important role in my career.

I was recently invited to interview for a winter internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a Big Four Accounting Firm.  I interviewed with a Senior Associate, a Manager and a Partner at the firm. In my interview with the Partner, the first thing he told me was that my résumé stood out from the other ones he had received. He pointed out that I was the only candidate that had studied abroad in Asia and noticed that I was going to study in China. He told me how important China is to many of his clients and that he himself really wanted to visit China. The rest of the interview largely revolved around my experiences in China, my plans to study in China and the future in China.  A couple of hours later in the afternoon, I received a phone call from that partner, who told me that I got the position.

Everywhere you look, you see that China is in the news making the headlines. Their booming economy is transforming the world and is changing the rules of the game. I believe that there are many opportunities in China and I am strongly considering starting my career in China. Studying in China will go a long way in making that happen.  I would highly recommend anyone interested in China to consider taking courses with the Confucius Institute at Pace University and maybe you can receive this scholarship too!

The New York Chinese Opera Society Essay Competition at Pace University

The New York Chinese Opera Society (NYCOS) is proud to announce that it is now accepting submissions for its annual essay contest. The 2nd New York Chinese Opera Society Essay Competition, co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute and Center for East Asian Studies at Pace University, is open to all students at Pace. The purpose of the contest is to spurn more in-depth research in Chinese culture and increase the interest and participation of Pace students in Chinese cultural studies.

Essays can be on any topic related to Chinese art, history or culture.  Past winners have written about such topics as educational reform in Hong Kong and Chinese immigration to the United States. Applicants should submit only one essay, written in English or Chinese, ten to twelve pages (excluding the title page and bibliography), double-spaced with a 12 point font, completely documented with references, carefully proofread, and following a standard form such as MLA, APA, or Chicago.  Entries should include a completed submission form, signed by a Pace faculty member who is nominating the essay for the competition.

The essays will be evaluated by a selection committee consisting of the director of the Confucius Institute, the co-directors of the East Asian Studies Program, a professor from the Modern Language Department, and a representative from the Dean’s Office of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. The best three essays will be recommended to the New York Chinese Opera Society for awards.

Submissions must be received by Noon on Monday, November 10, 2011. Only hard copies of the essays will be accepted. Essays can be dropped off or sent in the mail to our offices at 41 Park Row, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10038. >> Download the submission form

The winners will be announced in a ceremony in early December during NYCOS’s Winter Cultural Exchange Festival at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at 1 Pace Plaza.  Winners will be notified ahead of time and must attend the ceremony. The first place winner will receive a $700 cash prize while the 2nd and 3rd place finalists will receive $400 and $200 respectively.  For more information please contact the us at or by calling 212-346-1880. You can also visit the NYCOS website at