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China Scholarship Council


China Scholarship Council

Queen Mary University of London has partnered with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to offer a joint scholarship programme to enable Chinese students to study for a PhD programme at Queen Mary. and awards 60 joint QMUL-CSC PhD scholarships each year.

Under the scheme, Queen Mary will provide scholarships to cover all tuition fees, whilst the CSC will provide living expenses for 4 years and one return flight ticket to successful applicants. 

The School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences is pleased to offer projects under this scheme to start in September 2024. Please see below for the available projects.

Eligibility and applying

Applicants must be:

  • Chinese students with a strong academic background.
  • Students holding a PR Chinese passport.
  • Either a resident in China at the time of application or studying overseas. 
  • Students with prior experience of studying overseas (including in the UK) are eligible to apply. Chinese QMUL graduates/Masters’ students are therefore eligible for the scheme.

Please refer to the CSC website for full details on eligibility and conditions on the scholarship.

The deadline for applications to Queen Mary is 31st January 2024. Applicants will need to complete an online application form by this date to be considered. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a formal interview by the supervisor. 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a formal interview by the project supervisor. Those who are successful in their application to our PhD programmes will be issued with an offer letter which is conditional on securing a CSC scholarship (as well as any academic conditions still required to meet our entry requirements).

Once applicants have obtained their QMUL Offer Letter, they should then apply to CSC for the scholarship by the advertised deadline with the support of the project supervisor.

For September 2024 entry, applicants must complete the CSC application on the CSC website by the advertised deadline.

Only applicants who are successful in their application to CSC can be issued an unconditional offer and enrol on our PhD programme.

For further information, please go to the QMUL Webpage 


Project title Primary supervisor
Exploring a new regulatory pathway in the Photosystem II supercopmplex Prof Alexander Ruban
Investigating the contribution of endogenous viruses to the virulence of parasitic eukaryotes Dr Alexandre de Mendoza 
Characterization of the evolution of DNA methylation readers across eukaryotes Dr Alexandre de Mendoza 
Mathematical and computational modelling of biodiversity on large spatial scales Dr Axel Rossberg
With biodiversity credit markets towards ecological civilization? Dr Axel Rossberg
Understanding the mechanism of ubiquitin ligases in host-pathogen interactions Dr Ben Stieglitz
Exploring the the ubiquitin system in innate immunity Dr Ben Stieglitz
An innovative machine learning pipeline for accelerating the translation of medicinal hemp Prof Caroline Brennan
Neuronal control of food intake and stress response on neurodegeneration (ND) using zebrafish as a model Prof Caroline Brennan
Digital Chloroplast: Computational models of the organization, phase behaviour and function of the photosynthetic membrane Dr Christopher Duffy
Dissecting the molecular alarm clock of bacteria Dr Christoph Engl
Epigenetics of adaptation in sea turtles Prof Christophe Eizaguirre
Applying Machine Learning to analyse phenotypic noise within bacterial populations Prof Conrad Bessant
RNA zip-codes in cyanobacteria Prof Conrad Mullineaux
Experience-dependent consolidation of spatial coding  Dr Guifen Chen
Role of Adult-born Oligodendrocytes in Spatial Coding Dr Guifen Chen
Please contact the supervisor for project details.  Dr Guy Hanke
Investigation of novel molecular mechanisms for regulation of neuronal Calcium channels Dr Ivan Kadurin
Please contact the supervisor for project details.  Prof John Iwan Jones
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and cognitive functioning in older age Dr Jessica Agnew-Blais
Genetic and epigenetic underpinnings of adult ADHD Dr Jessica Agnew-Blais
Protein Misfolding and Assembly of Amyloid-beta and lipid membrane interactions in Alzheimer’s Disease Dr John Viles
Cognition in insects Prof Lars Chittka
Consciousness and Sentience of Insects  Prof Lars Chittka
Harnessing symbionts for control of vector borne diseases Dr Lee Henry
Linking microbiomes to the evolution of ant-plant mutualisms Dr Lee Henry
Characterizing how Misinformation Influences Decision-making: choice heuristics and neural correlates Dr Lucie Charles
Detaching from unwanted influence: neural processes and alterations in mental illness Dr Lucie Charles
Understanding the Impact of Artificial Social Agents on Human Behavior and Society Dr Maria Bada
New sinks for potent climate gas nitrous oxide Prof Mark Trimmer
New shortcuts through the nitrogen cycle Prof Mark Trimmer
Membrane remodelling and Cilia: A Structural Approach Dr Mark van Breugel
Forming first impressions from voices Dr Nadine Lavan
Microbial cycling of organosulfur compounds in peatlands Dr Ozge Eyice
Microbial mechanisms and control of nitrous oxide production in wastewater treatment reactors Dr Ozge Eyice
Bridging the gap: Dissecting the role of PWWP domains in determining DNA methylation patterns during honey bee development Dr Paul Hurd
Probiotics for honey bee development Dr Paul Hurd 
Efficient sampling of evolutionary trees with thousands of species: from viral phylogenies to the tree of life Prof Richard Nichols
Please contact the supervisor for project details.  Prof Richard Pickersgill
Resolving the role of seasonally fluctuating balancing selection in maintaining adaptive genetic diversity in wild butterfly populations Dr Vicencio Oostra
Understanding Chromosomal Instability in Cancers: study of phospho-changes at the outer-kinetochore using Astrin and Ndc80 complexes Prof Viji Draviam
Single-molecule dissection of force-transmitting kinetochore-microtubule interface Dr Vladimir Volkov
Genomic innovations in the evolution of superorganisms Prof Yannick Wurm


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