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 LEVEL : PhD, Research
 FUNDING : Fully Funded
 PLACE : China
 STARTS IN : Sept 2023
STATUS : 28 Days left

The ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship program designed to support the education and training of young scientists from developing countries. The program is a joint initiative of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is aimed to support students from developing countries who wish to pursue a PhD degree in some Chinese universities.

The scholarship covers tuition fees, application fees, and health insurance for the duration of the program, which typically lasts for three to four years. Scholars also receive a monthly stipend to cover living expenses. In addition, the scholarship provides round-trip airfare, and visa application fees. Furthermore, Scholars will also receive mentorship and networking opportunities, which allow them to connect with leading scientists and researchers from around the world.

This scholarship is open to students from developing countries who have a strong background in natural sciences and a passion for research. The program is very selective and only a few scholarships are awarded each year. However, for those who are successful, the ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship can be a transformative experience that opens up a world of opportunities for further study and research in natural sciences. It’s a great opportunity for students who wish to study in China and advance their careers.

Program Details

  • Host Institution: University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in China.
  • Field of Study: Full list below.
  • Number of awards: up to 40.
  • Duration: The normal duration of the program.
  • Eligible countries: Please find the full list below.

ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship Benefits

This scholarship is a fully funded program that provide selected applicants the following coverage:

  1. Tuition waiver
  2. Monthly stipend: 6,000 or 7,000 CNY/month (depending on whether the awardee has passed the qualification test arranged by the University), up to 48 months
  3. Health insurance
  4. Application fee waiver
  5. International travel allowance from awardee’s home country to China (one trip per awarded candidate)
  6. One-time visa.

Note : CAS will be responsible for covering items 1 to 4 of the scholarship program, while the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will cover items 5 and 6. Any scholarship awardee currently residing in China at the time of application will not be eligible for any travel subsidy.

Eligible Countries

The ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship is open to citizens of the following countries : Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Dem. Rep Congo, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep.,

Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Equatorial, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza Strip),

Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Türkiye, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Eligible Field of Study

Below is the list of eligible fields of study for the ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship.

  1. Agricultural Sciences
  2. Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
  3. Biological Systems and Organisms
  4. Medical and Health sciences incl. Neurosciences
  5. Chemical Sciences
  6. Engineering Sciences
  7. Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
  8. Mathematical Sciences
  9. Physics
  10. Social and Economic Sciences.

ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship Eligibility

To be considered for this university scholarship program, applicants should/must:

  • should NOT hold Chinese citizenship;
  • be nationals of eligible developing countries in the South (Full list above)
  • be proficient in English or Chinese;
  • be born after 1st January 1988­­ (inclusive);
  • meet the admission criteria for international students of USTC/UCAS;
  • NOT take up other assignments during the period of his/her scholarship.
  • If the applicant is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at any university/institution in China, s/he is NOT eligible for this scholarship program. Otherwise, s/he will be disqualified from admission and the situation will be reported to the current university/institution.

Note : You are NOT allowed to apply for the ANSO Scholarship in both USTC and UCAS simultaneously, otherwise you will be disqualified from admission.

Similar opportunities

  1. Emile-Boutmy Scholarship at Sciences Po for international students;
  2. Heinrich Böll Foundation scholarships in Germany;
  3. Chinese Government Scholarship.

How to Apply for the ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship

Interested applicants who would like to apply for this Asia scholarships, must Click on the apply button below and follow the instructions to submit their applications.

File and submit your application in the USTC/UCAS admission system as requested before the deadline.

Note : When applying, first choose “the ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents” in your application THEN Check the box as instructed in the application system to apply for the ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO Scholarship. Please choose BOTH Young Talents AND then ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO Scholarship when applying.

Application Materials

  1. For USTC applicants, please refer to Application Guideline on this page
  2. For UCAS applicants, please refer to information on this page.

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