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UK-China PhD Placement Programme 2016 – Sponsorships for UK and Chinese PhD students .

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Application Deadline: 12:00 pm GMT on 20 September 2016.

Sponsorships for UK and Chinese PhD students and their supervisors to spend a period of study of three to 12 months (for PhD students) and up to three months (for supervisors) at higher education institutions in China or the UK.

The UK-China Joint Research and Innovation Partnership Fund (known in the UK as the Newton Fund) PhD placement programme is delivered by the British Council China and the China Scholarship Council on behalf of the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and China’s Ministry of Education.

The PhD placement programme aims to cultivate highly trained researchers with international experience who are able to contribute to innovative research and participate in international networks, thereby building cultural understanding and fostering long-term sustainable research collaborations between the UK and China.

The focus is on research areas that reflect the common interests and demands of both countries, including:

  • health and life sciences
  • food and water security
  • environmental technologies
  • energy
  • urbanisation
  • education and creative economy for economic development and social welfare

Please note, applicants must find a host institution in their target country and placements must start between January and December 2017.

Eligibility

  • This opportunity is open to UK and Chinese nationals who are currently enrolled, as PhD students, at accredited higher education institutions or research institutions in the UK or China respectively.
  • UK students studying for their PhDs at institutions in China and Chinese students studying for their PhDs at institutions in the UK are not eligible.

Funding Arrangement

PhD students
• In accordance with the rules and regulations agreed with CSC, each student can visit the partner institution once for a period of between three and 12 months.

  • Relevant costs incurred by UK PhD students will be covered by the UK government, including visa fees, international airfares (economy class), tuition fees, accommodation and stipend. Costs beyond the above arrangements will be borne by the students themselves.
  • Mobility grants for PhD supervisors
    • Mobility grants are intended to support UK PhD supervisors in visiting the host university during their students’ placement for a total period of up to three months.
    • UK supervisors must agree their plans with their partner institution and indicate this on the application form.
    • Visa fees, international airfares (economy class), accommodation and stipend for UK PhD supervisors will be met by the UK government. Costs beyond the above arrangements will be borne by the PhD supervisors themselves or their institution.
    In summary, the following expenditures will be covered by the UK government
  • PhD students:
  •  For placements in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou:

PhD students:

  • For placements in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou:
    Expenditure Standard Visa fees and return airfare (economy class)
  • Up to £1,200 Medical insurance £100
  • Accommodation in China £200/month
  • Stipend in China £450/month
    Tuition fee in China According to host universities’ standard
    For placement in other cities in China:
  • Expenditure Standard
  • Visa fees and return airfare (economy class) Up to £1,200
  • Medical insurance£100
  • Accommodation in China £150/month
  • Stipend in China £350/month
  • Tuition fee in China According to host universities’ standard

PhD supervisors

  • Expenditure Standard
  • Visa fees and return airfare (economy class) Up to £1,200
    Medical care insurance £100
  • Accommodation in China £60/day
  • Stipend in China £40/day

After the announcement of the final assessment results, the British Council will sign the grant agreements with the sending institutions and allocate the grants. The sending institutions will make their own arrangements for covering the above expenditures for PhD students and supervisors.

How to apply

UK PhD applicants must:

– Step 1: Complete the online registration form of the China Scholarship Council here Opens in a new tab or window. and print it.

– Step 2: Complete the application form on the British Council’s online application system here Opens in a new tab or window.. A word version of the form is available in the Downloads section below. Please note this is for information only, and all submissions must be made using the online form.

Any enquiries about the UK-China Joint Research and Innovation Partnership Fund can also be sent to newtonfundchina@britishcouncil.org.cn.

Please refer to the ‘Call Guidelines (for UK applicants)’ available in the Downloads section for a detailed introduction of the programme and application process, the evaluation criteria, and funding arrangements.

Chinese applicants should visit China Scholarship Council website Opens in a new tab or window. for further information regarding the application process and for contact details.

 

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UK-China PhD Placement Programme 2016

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