British Council UK-China PhD Placements

The UK-China Joint Research and Innovation Partnership Fund was established in 2013 to encourage collaborative research between the UK and China with the aim of developing and maintaining research partnerships to support economic growth in both countries. The initiative is financed under the Newton Fund, which promotes the economic development and social welfare of the UK and specified partner countries.

A new round of the UK-China PhD Placement Programme is now open to applications.

Under this programme, PhD scholars and their supervisors are invited to apply for funding to enable them to conduct research overseas at a higher education institution in China (for UK candidates) and in the UK (for Chinese candidates). The research should be for a duration three to twelve months should focus on one of the following priority areas:

• Health and life sciences
• Food and water security
• Environmental technologies
• Energy
• Urbanisation
• Education and creative economy for economic development and social welfare

Participating UK research institutions should have a strong track record of expertise in the priority fields, and host institutions in China must be eligible to admit international students. UK PhD applicants should be UK passport holders. Candidates of other nationalities must hold passports from countries that have diplomatic relations with China.

Awards are worth up to £9,100 (plus tuition fees) to the PhD student, and can be used to pay for travel, accommodation, living expenses and medical insurance. PhD supervisors will receive a mobility grant to enable them to visit their student at the host university for up to three months.

The deadline for applications is 20 September 2017. Placements awarded in this round are required to begin in 2018. for further information, please see the website.

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