STL is committed to making the program accessible for qualified candidates and there are a limited number of international fellowships and partial tuition scholarships and other financial awards available to successful applicants. Applicants are also encouraged to consider scholarships for which they are qualified.
There can be different financial information for mainland China students, HK, Macau and Taiwan students and international students and there are several types of financial aid: scholarships, grants, bank loans and allowance. Below we will explain these differences.
- Entrance Scholarship for J.D. and J.M. Students
Distinguished J.D. and J.M. Students can apply for scholarship at STL in the first year. STL provides scholarships of two levels as below:
For the Distinguished Talent Scholarship, no more than 5% of enrolled students will be selected to receive this prestigious award, which is RMB 60,000 over four years in total.
For the First Level Scholarship, no more than 10% of enrolled students will be selected to receive this award, which is RMB 40,000 over four years in total.
For the Second Level Scholarship, no more than 25% of enrolled students will be selected to receive this award, which is RMB 20,000 over four years in total.
An annual evaluation will be carried out for consideration of a continuous benefit of this scholarship.
- Belt and Road Scholarship for LL.M. Students
China has launched its signature “Belt and Road Initiative” to drive economic cooperation, facilitate trade, and develop infrastructure throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe. The projects made possible through the Initiative bring together different cultures, languages and legal contexts. The smooth implementation of exchange among parties from Belt and Road countries, as well as the resolution of any commercial disputes that may arise, will require highly adaptable lawyers familiar with the blending of legal systems and traditions increasingly characteristic of the global economy.
Recognizing this, Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) is proud to announce the Belt and Road Scholarship for its LL.M. program. This merit-based opportunity for applicants from countries associated with the Belt and Road Initiative will help contribute to a legal profession equipped to navigate this unique set of challenges and beyond.
- Application Deadline: The application deadline for the Belt and Road Scholarship is March 31. Qualified candidates will be invited to interview.
- Scholarship Award: The Belt and Road Scholarship covers twenty five (25) percent of STL’s full program tuition.
- Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following admission criteria:
- Be a national citizen of one of the countries in the Belt and Road action plan or any other country associated with the Initiative;
- Law background or training: Law degree (J.D., J.M., or LL.B.), or licensed to practice law in home country, or masters-level degree in a related area with significant law background;
- English proficiency as demonstrated by: native speaker, completion of a program taught entirely in English, or test scores: a minimum score of 92 in TOEFL IBT or 6.5 in IELTS with 7.0 in IELTS writing; and
- Timely completion of STL’s online application and submission of all required supporting materials.
Applicants who satisfy the eligibility requirements automatically will be considered for the Scholarship. Please refer to STL’s LL.M. application web page for more details.
- Scholarships from the Chinese government for International Students（CGS)
Scholarships from the Chinese government are available to international students. For more information, visit the following websites:
- National Scholarship for Chinese Students
The yearly excellence and scholarship evaluation starts in late September. Students from 2L, 3L and 4L are eligible to apply. According to the excellence and scholarship evaluation code of STL, we distribute quotas to all the students who are eligible for scholarships first and allow the students to apply based upon their academic performances, resumes and personal statements every year. The STL Accreditation Committee, composed of Deans, professors and counselors for the three classes, will evaluate applications.
- PKU Annual Scholarships
The yearly excellence and scholarship evaluation of PKU starts in late September, and scholarships usually include the May 4th Scholarship, Zhong Ying Scholarship, Guang Hua Scholarship, Liao Kaiyuan Scholarship and other Scholarships (not available for international students). Students from 2L, 3L and 4L are eligible to apply. According to the excellence and scholarship evaluation code of STL, we distribute quotas to all the students who are eligible for scholarships first and allow the students to apply based upon their academic performances. The STL Accreditation Committee, composed of Deans, professors and counselors for the three classes, will evaluate applications. You can view the following page for more information: http://www.pkusz.edu.cn/students/award/.
To apply, students must submit their English resumes and personal statements stating clearly which award they are applying to. Completed applications are submitted to the Office of Student Affairs.
- Law Firm Scholarships
- Additional scholarships based on citizenship or residence
India, J.N. Tata Endowment for the Higher Education of Indians
Japan, World Bank Joint Japan Graduate Scholarship Program
Kazakhstan, Bolashak International Scholarship for Kazakh students
Malaysia, Malaysia Bar Council
Australia and New Zealand
Australia, The Commemorative Fellowships
New Zealand, Ethel Benjamin Scholarship
New Zealand, The Yvonne Smith scholarship
Norway, Norwegian State Education Fund
Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program
China Star Light Charity Fund
China Star Light Charity Fund Association: Founded in January, 1996 and registered as a charity association in Hong Kong in January, 2000, China Star Light Charity Fund Association aims to support the schooling in Chinese impoverished areas by raising money in Hong Kong and overseas.
To help students with strong financial need, China Star Light Charity Fund Association has established a “Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School Star Light Charity Fund”. Since its foundation, there have been about 15 students every year from STL to benefit from this grant, and the amount can be up to 12,000 HKD per person each year. To apply for this grant, you must be a student who has continuously registered in PKU Shenzhen Graduate School, has proven financial difficulty, and has performed well in academic studies and is willing to return to their community and help others.
To finish the application, you are expected to submit the following materials to the Office of Student Affairs:
- China Star Light Charity Fund Application Form
- Certificate of financial difficulty proven at least by organizations from county level
- Identification Table
For more detailed information, please check with the Office of Student Affairs.
Education Loans (Available for Mainland China students)
Student loans are the principal source of aid available to help STL students fund their law school education. Considering the related principles of banks loans, they are limited to citizens and permanent residents of mainland China. So far there are national and commercial bank loans provided by Bank of China.
National Bank Loans
With a fixed quota of 12,000 RMB per year and no interest charged during four year’s studies. The repayment period lasts for 13 years.
Commercial Bank Loans
With a quota up to 80% of the tuition fee plus living expenses. The interest during four year’s studies is benchmark interest rate. The repayment period lasts for 10 years.
Other Financial Resources
Student Research Assistant Program
The number of students in the Student Research Assistant Program varies as faculty members will be soliciting help from Student Research Assistants (“RA”) for a variety of projects. While each faculty member will have different demands, tasks commonly asked of students will include researching and answering specific questions, translating, and summarizing cases and papers. In return, students will have the opportunity to develop closer relationships with individual faculty members, explore topics relevant to their own research interests, and receive compensation. Students will be asked to work no more than ten hours per week and must be either a 2L or 3L. The school will pay 10 RMB per hour. In order to apply, students should submit to professors a curriculum vitae and some indication of your academic performances before a certain deadline. Faculty members will then select applicants they wish to interview, before ultimately selecting their RA. The allowance will be paid after the assistant’s submission of a periodical time sheet with professor’s signature.
Student General Assistant Program
Either STL or Shenzhen Graduate School will offer students opportunities to work as student assistants from time to time. The paid work varies from academic research support to school management coordination, allowing those need-based students to apply. Further notice will be sent to the students through public emails.