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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. 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 up to 28 PhD projects under this scheme to start in September 2023. 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 2023. 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 project supervisor. Those who are successful in their application for our PhD programme 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 offer letter from Queen Mary they should then apply to CSC for the scholarship by the advertised deadline with the support of the project supervisor.

For September 2023 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.


Project title Primary supervisor
ADHD in girls & women over the life course Dr Jessica Agnew-Blais
Alertness Monitoring during Human-Computer Interaction Dr Valdas Noreika
Biophysics of bacterial cell death Dr Nikola Ojkic
Bridging the gap: dissecting the role of RNA binding proteins during spiral cleavage Dr Chema Martin-Duran
Characterisation of the evolution of DNA methylation readers across eukaryotes Dr Alexandre de Mendoza Soler
Deep Bee-haviour: video-based inference of health and welfare for small animals Dr Yannick Wurm
Designer MCE proteins: Unity and diversity of lipid transport function in double membranes Dr Vidya Darbari
Detaching from unwanted influence: neural processes and alterations in mental illness Dr Lucie Charles
Determining the impacts of non-native species on global ecological network structure Dr Tom Fayle
Engineering symbionts for control of vector born diseases  Dr Lee Henry
Epigenetic basis of nutrition-mediated development in the honeybee Dr Paul Hurd
Genetic bases of inverse comorbidity Dr Maxim Freydin
Genetics of hypomania and impulse control; delineating causal relations Prof Caroline Brennan
How place and grid cells encode uncertainty during spatial navigation Dr Yul Kang
Hydrophobic mismatch – the missing link in the regulation of photosynthetic light-harvesting? Prof Alexander Ruban
In vitro reconstitution of cooperative interactions at the kinetochore-microtubule interface Dr Vladimir Volkov
Learning to avoid misinformation Dr Rani Moran
Molecular Basis for helicase loading onto a bacterial replication origin Dr Aravindan Ilangovan
Neural basis of cognitive reserve in ageing and Alzheimer’s disease  Dr Guifen Chen
Photosynthesis on Exoplanets: What might it look like? Can it be detected? Dr Chris Duffy
Positive balance: building wellbeing and resilience skills for youth via digital technologies Dr Elisabetta Versace
Psychosocial factors promoting positive outcomes in neurodiversity: the role of environmental sensitivity Dr Giorgia Michelini
The influence of diet on evolution of human metabolism revealed by artificial intelligence and verified by cell biology Dr Matteo Fumagalli
The role of the chromatin modifier Kdm2aa in melanoma formation Dr Elisabeth Busch-Nentwich
Understanding the regulatory roots of the vertebrate brain Dr Alexandre de Mendoza Soler
Unravelling the mechanism of PsbS protein by genetic manipulation in vivo Prof Alexander Ruban
Using computational and experimental methods to predict and test novel neuropeptide-receptor partnerships Prof Maurice Elphick


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