Funding for doctoral programs at KIZ is administered directly through UCAS, which offers full and partial scholarships available to both Chinese and foreign graduate students. There are also a series of financial aid options that include research, administration, and teaching assistantships, but most are available only to Chinese students. However, there are specific scholarships for students from (a) Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, (b) general foreign students, and (c) students from developing countries. Full scholarship typically include tuition, housing and a moderate living stipend of around 1,200 RMB a month. Partial scholarship may consist of one or several items of the full scholarship. Please see the UCAS website for more details on current scholarship offerings.
In addition to scholarships, CAS has a number of prestigious fellowships available for promising young researchers, such as the “Chinese Academy of Sciences-The World Academy of Sciences” doctoral fellowships (CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Program). The CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship for International PhD Students annually provides support to 200 international graduates pursuing their PhD degrees within CAS. This program entails students taking training courses at UCAS for a year and then carrying out research at a specific CAS institute. The fellowship provides a waiver for doctoral tuition, travel support, coverage of visa application fees, as well as a large monthly allowance much greater than those offered by typical scholarships (~8,000 RMB).
Eligibility for the CAS-TWAS President’s fellowship stipulates that applicants should be (a) citizens of a country that has diplomatic relations with China; (b) under the age of 35; (3) have no other assignments during the period of his/her fellowship; (d) meet the admission criteria for international students of UCAS/USTC; (e) hold a Master’s degree before the start of the fellowship period; and (f) have working proficiency in either English or Chinese. For more information about the CAS-TWAS fellowship, please see our fellowship application guidelines or contact the institute directly.
Individual research groups at KIZ occasionally have other sources of funding available for high-caliber researchers from developed countries seeking to pursue their doctoral degrees at KIZ. Please contact us directly for more specific information.