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University of Science and Technology of China CAS-TWAS President's Fellowship Programme for Doctoral Candidates

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China Scholarship Council | Updated: Sept 14, 2021

According to the agreement between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries, CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme provides students/scholars (other than China) an opportunity to pursue PhD degrees at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) or University of CAS or CAS institutes around China.

1. Coverage of the Fellowship

Tuition waiver;
Fellowship awardees will also receive a monthly stipend (including accommodation and other living expenses, local travel expenses and health insurance) of RMB 7,000 or RMB 8,000, depending on whether he/she has passed the qualification test arranged by the university for all PhD candidates after admission.

The funding duration of the fellowship is up to 4 years, divided into:
1) Maximum 1 year study of courses and participation in centralized training at USTC, including 4 months compulsory courses in Chinese Language and Culture;
2) Practical research and completion of degree thesis at USTC.

2. Programs available

All the doctoral programs offered at USTC for international students are open for the fellowship applicants.

3. General conditions for applicants
1) Not hold Chinese citizenship;
2) Be maximum age of 35 years on 31 December 2018
3) Hold a master degree before the beginning of the fall semester: 1 September, 2018.
4) Provide proof of knowledge of English or Chinese language.
5) Not take up other assignments during the period of his/her fellowship;
6) Provide evidence that he/she will return to their home country on completion of their studies in China according to CAS-TWAS agreement.

1) Applicants currently pursuing doctoral degrees at any university/institution in China are NOT eligible for this fellowship;
2) Applicants CANNOT apply for two universities simultaneously.

4. Application time

From Dec.15th, 2017 to March 31st, 2018

5. Application procedures and documents

1) submit online application in the Fellowship online application system:
2) submit online application in USTC online application system:
3) Application documents:
Application form
Copy of passport's first page
A certified true copy of the original degree certificate (fresh graduates can provide pre-graduation certificates when applying)
A certified true copy of transcripts of both undergraduate and post-graduate education
Two separate letters of recommendation
Research proposal
Personal resume
Photocopies of all the title pages and abstracts of published academic papers
Proof of knowledge of English and/or Chinese
Foreigner Physical Examination Form
Notes: All the above documents must be in English or Chinese, otherwise notarial translations in English or Chinese are required. For more details, please refer to USTC admission website:

6. Responsible office and contact

CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme USTC Office
University of Science and Technology of China
96 Jinzhai Road, Hefei, Anhui, 230026 China
Tel: +86 551 63600279
Fax: +86 551 63632579