04.04.2013 - Natural Sciences Sector

Science fellowship programme for PhD candidates from developing countries now open for applications

Within the framework of a new agreement between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), up to 140 students per year from the developing world could receive a fellowship to continue their studies and research at the PhD level in China for up to four years.

The CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme provides students from developing countries with the opportunity to pursue PhDs at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and/or CAS institutes in China. The deadline for applications is 15 June 2013.

The funding duration of the PhD Programme is 4 years, divided into:

  • Maximum 1 year study of courses and participation in centralized training at the International College of UCAS (IC-UCAS) on Beijing campus, including 4 months compulsory courses in Chinese Language and Culture.
  • Practical research and completion of degree dissertation at UCAS colleges, schools and CAS institutes.

Successful applicants will be exempted from tuition fees and will receive a monthly stipend. Under the terms of the new CAS-TWAS agreement, TWAS will cover visa-related expenses and provide travel support for 50 to 80 awardees each year while striving to secure additional funds to cover travel expenses for more awardees. CAS will be responsible for a monthly payment to cover accommodation and living expenses.

TWAS is the world's pre-eminent academy of sciences dedicated to the promotion of scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South. It was founded in 1983 in Trieste, Italy, under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan, and officially launched by the secretary-general of the United Nations in 1985. The academy operates under the administrative umbrella of UNESCO.

CAS is a national academic institution that focuses on natural sciences, technological sciences and high-tech innovation in China. It is comprised of a comprehensive research and development network, a merit-based learned society and a system of higher education. CAS and TWAS have long had a close and productive relationship, often involving TWAS's Regional Office for East and Southeast Asia.

UCAS is a research-intensive university that counts with the support of more than 100 institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is headquartered in Beijing with 4 campuses and grants doctorate degrees in 39 primary academic disciplines, offering degree programmes in ten major academic fields, including science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, education and management science. UCAS is responsible for the enrollment and centralized management of the PhD candidates of the CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme.

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