2023 ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship for students/scholars

2023 ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship for students/scholars

2023 ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship for students/scholars

CAS, the leading founding member of ANSO Scholarship is sponsoring students or scholars from around the world to a fully funded PhD Scholarship program in China. According to an agreement between the Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS/UNESCO) for the development of science in advancing countries, up to 40 students/scholars from advancing countries will be sponsored to study in China for doctoral degrees for up to 4 years.

The ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents (hereinafter referred to as the ANSO Scholarship) was formally inaugurated in 2019 with the goal of training and cultivating young scientists from all over the world. The ANSO Scholarship sponsors 200 Master’s students and 300 PhD students every year to go after postgraduate education at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) or institutes of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) around China. Please find the full Call for the ANSO Scholarship here.

This year, a sub-category of the ANSO Scholarship: the ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship is being officially launched. Echoing the greater importance of TWAS/UNESCO, special (not exclusive) considerations will be given to two target groups: Least Development Countries (LDCs) and women. Up to 40 PhD students from advancing countries in the South will be selected by TWAS/UNESCO into this aspect every year.

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CAS, the leading founding member of ANSO, is the major sponsor of the ANSO Scholarship. TWAS and UNESCO, both founding members of ANSO, provide part of the funding for the ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship awardees. ANSO accepts all members and parties who are concerned in creating a more diversified scholarship program together.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Eligible applicants should NOT hold Chinese citizenship;
  • Eligible applicants must be nationals of eligible advancing countries in the South.
  • Eligible applicants should be proficient in English or Chinese;
  • For PhD program applicants: you should be born after 1st January 1988­­ (inclusive);
  • Eligible applicants should meet the admission criteria for international students of USTC/UCAS;
  • Eligible applicants should NOT take up other assignments during the period of his/her scholarship.
  • If the applicant is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at any university/institution in China, s/he will NOT be eligible for the PhD program of this scholarship. Otherwise, s/he will be disqualified from admission and the situation will be reported to the current university/institution

You are NOT allowed to apply for the ANSO Scholarship in both USTC and UCAS simultaneously, or else you will be disqualified from admission.


PhD program
Tuition waiver
       2. Monthly stipend:6,000 or 7,000 CNY/month (depending on whether the awardee has passed the qualification test arranged by the University), up to 48 months
       3. Health insurance
       4. Application fee waiver
       5. International travel allowance from awardee’s home country to China (one trip per awarded candidate)
       6. One-time visa

All awardees are essentially required to finish centralized training in Chinese language, Chinese culture and all required credits as well as practical research and completion of degree thesis at colleges and schools of USTC/UCAS or CAS institutes.

Any PhD awardee who fails the qualification test or annual assessment will bear the following consequences including:

Termination of his/her scholarship;

•     Discontinuity of his/her doctoral study;

•     Being provided with a certificate of attendance for the period of study undertaken in China but not a formal doctoral degree.

All the awardees are required to abide by Chinese laws and USTC/UCAS regulations and rules.

Application Deadline: 15 February 2023

2023 ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship for students/scholars

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