China Scholarship Council Scholarships
About the award
Course: All PhDs in the Faculties of Science and Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences
Value: Full tuition fee waiver and living stipend (£1350/month) for 4 years
No. of awards: Typically 60 each year.
Deadline: Applications for September 2021 entry are now closed.
This PhD funding scheme is now closed for 2021 entry. Applications will open for 2022 entry in October 2021.
Queen Mary is one of the largest supporters of the China Scholarship Council (CSC) in the UK and awards 60 joint QMUL-CSC PhD scholarships every year.
Under the scheme, Queen Mary will provide scholarships to cover all tuition fees, whilst the CSC will provide living expenses and one return flight ticket to successful applicants. This scholarship is available to both new and continuing (current 1st year) students. Associate students who want to come to Queen Mary for 3-24 months are also able to apply.
Applicants must first have an offer for admission to Queen Mary's PhD programme and then they should apply to CSC for the scholarship between 20th March and 31st March. Results are released at the end of May.
For 2021 entry, places are available in the following schools:
Science and Engineering
- Institute of Bioengineering and Materials Research Institute - key contact: Colin Rainey
- School of Biological and Chemical Sciences - key contact: Frances Healy
- School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science - key contact: Melissa Yeo
- School of Engineering and Materials Science - key contact: PGR Administrator
- School of Mathematical Sciences - key contact: Katie Hale
- School of Physics and Astronomy - key contact: Dr Kostya Trachenko
Humanities and Social Sciences
- School of Business Management - key contacts: Prof Pietro Panzarasa and Saima Ahmed
- School of Economics and Finance - key contact: Chandani Amin
- School of English and Drama - key contact: Professor David Duff
- School of Geography - key contact: Prof Kathryn Yusoff (Human Geography) or Geraldene Wharton (Physical Geograhy)
- School of History - key contact: Dr Claire Trenery
- School of Languages, Linguistics and Film - key contact: Prof Rüdiger Görner
- School of Law / Centre for Commercial Law Studies - key contacts: Dr Antigoni Lykotrafiti, Dr Apostolos Chronopoulos and Gareth Skehan
- School of Politics and International Relations - key contact: Amerisida Dibra
How to Apply
Applicants are asked to follow our usual online application process and identify themselves as CSC scholars.
The application form for each subject can be found by selecting your subject area from the drop-down menu. Make sure to choose "semester 1" and "full time". https://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/applying-for-a-phd/
For visiting/associate students, who are coming to Queen Mary for a short amount of time, as part of your current PhD, please apply via this page https://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/associate/
Should you have any questions regarding the application process please email Flora Mckay firstname.lastname@example.org, or for more detailed inquiries, regarding possible projects please email the designated school contacts listed above.
For applicants for Economics and Finance, you will first be admitted onto the MRes programme for two years. Then, subject to good progress, you will be transferred onto the PhD programme for the third, forth and fifth years.
You must meet the IELTS requirements for your course and send the evidence to Admissions by March 1st at the latest. CSC will not consider conditional offer letters.
Meet our Scholars
Chen Feng, PhD Computer Vision
Chen has a Master’s degree in Controlling Science from Tsinghua University and is now studying for his PhD in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. He is researching representation learning problems in the computer vision area under the supervision of Prof Ioannis Patras.
Chen wanted to study in London as it’s a modern city with great educational institutions. Queen Mary was the obvious choice due to the academic expertise in Computer Vision research here. The beautiful campus and international diversity of the staff and study body make research at Queen Mary particularly enjoyable.
Meng Xu, PhD Internet of Things
Meng studied for her Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Technology at Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an. She is now studying for her PhD in the IoT2US Lab under the supervision of Dr Stefan Poslad. Her PhD thesis topic is Leveraging Augmented Reality and Sensors to Enable Smart Buildings Services. Her research interests are spatial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning, augmented reality and urban computing.
She enjoys the friendly and harmonious relationship between the students which allow her to enjoy the exchange of ideas in a multicultural context. Also, the laboratory equipment and study places for PhD students is great. Her main advice for future CSC PhD applicants is to connect extensively with your mentor to show your strengths and academic background, prepare your research proposal and explain your research interests and literature in detail, and finally, work hard on your English language!
Peng Zhao, PhD Mathematics
Peng studied for his Master’s in Theoretical Physics at the University of Chinese Academic Sciences. He is now studying “The Characteristic Initial value Problem in General Relativity” in the School of Mathematical Sciences under the supervisions of Dr Juan Valiente-Kroon. They are part of the Geometry and Analysis research group.
He applied to QMUL because of the strength of the general relativity research group and the multicultural experience you get from studying at an international university. The department has a great programme of meetings, seminars and conferences for PhD students to expand their horizons and develop their networks.