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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 33 PhD projects under this scheme to start in September 2022. Please see below for the available projects.

Eligibility and applying

Applicants must:

  • Be Chinese students with a strong academic background.
  • Students must hold a PR Chinese passport.
  • Applicants can either be 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 30th January 2022. 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 2022 entry, applicants must complete the CSC application on the CSC website between 10th March - 31st March 2022.

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


Project titlePrimary supervisorResearch themes

A sense for gravity: How terrestrial and non-terrestrial gravity shapes animal life

Dr Elisabetta Versace


Acute impacts of physical exercise on emotional reactivity
Dr Frederike Beyer Social interaction, health & wellbeing
Alertness Monitoring during Human-Computer Interaction Dr Valdas Noreika 

Social interaction, health & wellbeing

Data-centric engineering

Bridging the gap: dissecting the evolution and function of RNA-cytoskeleton associating proteins during spiral cleavage Dr Chema Martin 

Engineering better medicine

Environment, biodiversity & genomics

Building translational models of effects of exercise on social development Dr Frederike Beyer  Social ineraction, health & wellbeing
Bypassing expensive calculations: Predicting the properties of photosynthetic proteins with an AI assistant Dr Chris Duffy  Green energy
Cellular noise and adaptive responses in E. coli Dr Christoph Engl  Engineering better medicine
Connected interactions in teaching and learning
Dr Elisabetta Versace  Social interaction, health & wellbeing

Detecting base modifications in dinoflagellates using Nanopore sequencing

Dr Alexandre de Mendoza Soler  Environment, biodiversity & genomics

Determining remaining regional biodiversity reserves from community turnover patterns 

Dr Axel Rossberg  Environment, biodiversity & genomics
Dissecting the role of Mammalian Cell entry proteins in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Dr Vidya Darbari  Engineering better medicine
Efficient Bayesian HMC sampling for inferring evolutionary timescales using large genome datasets
Dr Mario dos Reis Barros  Environment, biodiversity & genomics
Elucidating the Molecular Mechanisms of Mechanical Memory Dr Isabel Palacios  Engineering better medicine
Epigenetic basis of nutrition-mediated development in the honeybee Dr Paul Hurd 

Environment, biodiversity & genomics

Reconstructing neuropeptide-receptor co-evolution Professor Maurice Elphick 

Environment, biodiversity & genomics

Engineering better medicine

Expanding Space & Contracting Time: Cross-species investigation of passage of time on our memories Dr Eva Zita Patai  Social interaction, health & wellbeing
Functional genomics to identify pathogenic protein function Dr Peter Thorpe  Engineering better medicine
Genetics of social interactions and social learning Professor Caroline Brennan  Social interaction, health & wellbeing
Genome-wide functional analyses of the conserved centromere protein CENP-C Dr Lakxmi Subramanian 

Engineering better medicine

Environment, biodiversity & genomics

Host immune suppression as a key adaptation enabling bacterial symbioses Dr Lee Henry  Environment, biodiversity & genomics
Insect visual cognition and neural computation Professor Lars Chittka  Data-centric engineering
Integrating palaeogenomics with deep learning to detect selection during recent phenotypic evolution Dr Matteo Fumagalli  Environment, biodiversity & genomics

Losing flexible behaviour? Mapping effects of GPS on prefrontal function  during wayfinding 

Dr Daniel Bor  Social interaction, health & wellbeing
Neural basis of multisensory integration for spatial navigation  Dr Guifen Chen  Data-centric engineering
Nurturing noncognitive skills in education: Laying the foundations for a digital twin intervention Dr Margherita Malanchini  Social interaction, health & wellbeing
Precision Medicine: Chromosomal Instability Variants in Evolutionarily Conserved Protein Domains Professor Viji Draviam  Environment, biodiversity & genomics
Prefrontal control of hypothalamic feeding-circuits: Cognitive control over feeding behaviour

Dr John Apergis-Schoute 


Psychiatric disorders and cognitive decline in diverse UK cohorts Dr Jessica Agnew-Blais  Social interaction, health & wellbeing
Taking identification of ecological networks from population dynamics to the limit Dr Axel Rossberg  Environment, biodiversity & genomics
The impact of online communication on interbrain synchronization and collaborative creativity Dr Caroline Di Bernardi Luft  Social interaction, health & wellbeing
Towards early identification and prevention of depression and suicidality in young people Dr Giorgia Michelini  Social interaction, health & wellbeing
Understanding disease spread and evolution in metapopulations of threatened species Professor Rob Knell  Environment, biodiversity & genomics
WeCollab: mapping the dynamics of collaborative creativity through a novel measure Dr Caroline Di Bernardi Luft  Social interaction, health & wellbeing


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