According to a new agreement between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), up to 140 students/scholars from the developing world will be sponsored each year to travel to China for PhD studies for up to four years.
This CAS-TWAS President's Fellowship Programme provides students/scholars from developing countries (other than China) an opportunity to pursue PhD degrees at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) or institutes of CAS around China.
Under the terms of the new CAS-TWAS agreement, travel from their home-country to China will be provided to the fellowship awardees in order to begin the fellowship in China (one trip only per student/scholar). Visa fee will also be covered.
Fellowship awardees will receive a monthly stipend (including accommodation and other living expenses, local travel expenses and health insurance) of RMB 7,000 (approx. USD 1,100) or RMB 8,000 (approx. 1,250) from CAS through UCAS/USTC, depending on whether he/she has passed the qualification test arranged by UCAS/USTC for all PhD candidates after admission.
Fellowship awardee who fails the qualification test twice will face the consequences including:
l Termination of his/her fellowship;
l Discontinuity of his/her PhD study at CAS institutions;
l Being conferred a diploma of completion instead of a PhD degree
All the procedures will adhere to UCAS/USTC regulations and rules.
Fellowship awardees will be provided tuition waivers.
The funding duration of the fellowship is 4 years, divided into:
l Maximum 1 year study of courses and participation in centralized training at UCAS/USTC, including 4 months compulsory courses in Chinese Language and Culture.
l Practical research and completion of degree thesis at colleges and schools of UCAS/USTC or CAS institutes.
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