CAS-TWAS President’s PhD Fellowship Programme 2018 (Study in China Fully-funded)

CAS-TWAS President’s PhD Fellowship Programme 2018 (Study in China Fully-funded)

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Applications are now open for the CAS-TWAS President’s PhD Fellowship Programme 2018. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) have partnered for the advancement of science in developing countries, to provide up to 200 students/scholars from all over the world will be sponsored to study in China for doctoral degrees for up to 4 years.

This CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme provides students/scholars that are non-Chinese citizens an opportunity to pursue doctoral degrees at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) or Institutes of CAS around China.


  • Travel from their home countries to China will be provided to the fellowship awardees in order to begin the fellowship in China (one trip only per student/scholar). TWAS will select 80 awardees from developing countries to support their international travel, while CAS will support the other 120.
  • Visa fee will also be covered (once only per awardee) as a lump sum of USD 65 after all the awardees are on site in China. 
  • Fellowship awardees will receive a monthly stipend (to cover accommodation and other living expenses, local travel expenses and health insurance) of RMB 7,000 or RMB 8,000 from CAS through UCAS/USTC, depending on whether he/she has passed the qualification test arranged by UCAS/USTC for all doctoral candidates after admission.
  • All awardees will also be provided tuition and application fee waivers.

Eligible Fields

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biological Systems and Organisms
  • Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics


Applicants must:

  • Be maximum age of 35 years on 31 December 2018;
  • Not take up other assignments during the period of his/her fellowship;
  • Not hold Chinese citizenship;
  • Applicants for doctoral study should also:
  • Meet the admission criteria for international students of UCAS/USTC (criteria of UCAS/criteria of USTC).
  • Hold a master degree before the beginning of the fall semester: 1 September, 2018.
  • Provide evidence that he/she will return to their home country on completion of their studies in China according to CAS-TWAS agreement.
  • Provide proof of knowledge of English or Chinese language.

Please note:

  • Applicants currently pursuing doctoral degrees at any university/institution in China are NOT eligible for this fellowship.
  • Applicants CANNOT apply for both UCAS and USTC simultaneously.
  • Applicants can ONLY apply to ONE supervisor from ONE institute/school at either UCAS or USTC.
  • Applicants can only apply to one TWAS programme per year, therefore an applicant applying to the 2018 CAS-TWAS President’s fellowship call will not be eligible to apply for any other TWAS fellowship in 2018.


  • First, You should verify that you are eligible and meet ALL the eligibility criteria specified in the “General conditions for applicants” section of this call (e.g. age, master degree, etc).
  • Find an eligible host supervisor affiliated with colleges and schools of UCAS/USTC, or CAS Institute that agrees to accept you. See here for a list of eligible schools/institutes and supervisors.
  • Fill the application form through the fellowship online application system.

For more information, visit CAS-TWAS President’s PhD Fellowship.

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