CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme for PhD Candidates from Developing Countries

According to a new agreement between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Academy of Sciences for the developing world (TWAS), up to 140 students/scholars per year from the developing world will be sponsored to travel to China for up to four years’ of PhD study and research.

The CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme provides students/scholars 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 institutes of CAS around China.

Under the terms of the new CAS-TWAS agreement, TWAS will be responsible for providing round-trip travel support for 50 awardees each year to and from China, or for providing one way travel support for 80 awardees each year to China. TWAS will make active efforts to secure additional funds to cover more awardees for travel supports. In addition, TWAS will also cover visa related expenses and a contribution to excess luggage fees for stays in China of more than 12 months.

CAS will be responsible for a monthly payment to cover accommodation and living expenses.

Successful applicants will receive a monthly stipend (including living expenses, travel expenses and health insurances) of RMB 7,000 (approx. USD 1,100) or RMB 8,000 (approx. 1,250) from CAS through UCAS, depending on whether he/she has passed a qualification test arranged by UCAS for all PhD candidates after admission.

Awardees of the Fellowship will be exempted from tuition fees.

The funding duration of the Phd Program 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.

Please read the attached adm_statement_eng_20130308.doc carefully and follow the steps advised.

Please note, our Asian G-WADI Secretariat,  Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (CAREERI), is an affiliated institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), dedicated for Earth surface research in cold and arid region. Prof. Xin Li ( and Prof. Zhuotong Nan ( are both qualified to supervise PhD students supported by this fellowship.




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