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Ningbo Nottingham New Materials Institute (NMI) Scholarships (2018 Entry)




Length of Scholarship: 

up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression





Closing Dates:

open till filled

Applications are invited to undertake postgraduate research within the New Materials Institute (NMI), a newly established Institute jointly supported by The University of Nottingham and the Ningbo Government in China with a deal valued at £6m over five years. The world-leading research taking place at the Institute will look at advanced composites, new energy and environmental materials, granular materials and geotechnology, and the other related research themes, including sustainable materials and advanced manufacturing technologies.

*Important Notes:

We welcome top quality applications all year round. You are encouraged to apply for March, June or December but preferably September intake for induction purposes. To ensure you will be able to register on your intended date, please submit your application at least 2 months in advance.

The scholarships are competitive and we advise you to apply as early as possible. It normally takes 5-6 weeks after the closing date for us to process your application.

2018 Application Deadlines and Registration Dates

  Application Deadlines Registration Dates
 Mar Entry  15 Jan 2018  15 Mar 2018
 Jun Entry  15 Apr 2018  15 Jun 2018
 Sep Entry  15 Jul 2018  15 Sep 2018
 Dec Entry  14 Oct 2018  14 Dec 2018


The available PhD scholarships cover:

  • Tuition fee
  • on-campus accommodation for PhD candidate only (accommodation type is based on availability, NMI also offers off-campus accommodation)
  • Monthly stipend (RMB 3,500)
  • Medical insurance with designate providers
  • All above items are covered for up to 36 months based on satisfactory progression
  • All regulations set out in the UNNC PGR Scholarship Policy apply

In addition to the above scholarship, successful candidates also have the opportunity to carry out paid teaching or research assistant duties at UNNC.

Available PhD research projects:

The above scholarships are to support research projects outlined under the following themes:

1. Polymer Composites Material                           
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The Advanced Polymer Composites Team is led by Professor Chris Rudd, the Provost of the UNNC and Pro-vice Chancellor of the UNUK. The team focuses on the strategic needs of aerospace, automotive, marine/shipbuilding industries and biomedical application, combining them with the trending areas of international research, as well as basic researches in material science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and automation for in-depth fusion, in order to carry out high quality R&D of composite technology. The team works with AVIC Composite Corporation Ltd., Sinoma, ARKEMA,Technical Fibre Products (TFP) and other well-known domestic and overseas enterprises and institutes in close cooperation, and in addition, as a platform which provides services including R&D of products, talent training for enterprises, and offers opportunities of visits and internships to these well-known enterprises. The Advanced Polymer Composites Team wish to combine industry, education and research together, making full use of the advantages of all parties of cooperation, and eventually promoting the commercialization of scientific research.

Current research projects include:
  • High performance thermoplastic composite for aerospace
  • Fire retardant composites for aviation application    
  • 3D printing of polymer composite
  • Glass fibre composite Recycling
  • Carbon fibre composite Recycling
  • Liquid thermoplastic composite molding for automotive applications    
Basic admission requirements are,
  • Background studies in composite, polymers, materials science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, etc. 
  • With good ability of creative thinking and research, and having good academic virtue and teamwork spirit.
  • Applicants with academic publications will be treated favorably
For more details before submission

2. New Energy & Environmental Materials         
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Centre for New Energy and Environmental Materials (CNEEM) is a multidisciplinary research team composed of young researchers of international background. The R&D focuses of CNEEM cover clean coal technologies, sustainable energy conversion technologies, pollutant and heavy metal removal, technologies, new materials for environmental protection and energy storage as well as some fundamental research in energy and environmental related areas. At present, the CNEEM is carrying out research projects funded by national, provincial, municipal funding bodies as well as industry. 

Current research projects include:
  • Coal/biomass combustion/gasification/pyrolysis 
  • Scale up of the synthesis of carbon nano materials  
  • Catalytic processing of wastes for hydrogen production 
  • Catalytic reforming materials 
  • Development of environmental catalysts/adsorbents for the simultaneous removal of multi-pollutants (Hg0, NOx, SOx, and CO2)
  • Computational studies of environmental materials for pollution control

Informal inquiries may be addressed to Professor Tao Wu, but formal applications should follow the instructions in ‘How to apply’ section below.

3. Granular Materials and Geotechnology
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Granular materials are collections of distinct macroscopic particles. Although simple to define, they exhibit complex behaviour, much of which has not yet been well explained, which leads to uncertainties in their engineering applications. In geotechnical engineering, granular materials such as sand, gravel and crushed stone are often encountered or used. They are assessed, selected or treated for the short/long-term stability of foundations, slopes, pavements, tunnels and other geotechnical structures. Geotechnology, based on the understanding of soil properties (including granular materials and clays), involves the application of scientific methods and engineering techniques to the mitigation of natural hazards (such as landslides, floods, typhoons and earthquakes), the design of geotechnical structures and the utilization of geological resources.

Current research projects include:
  • Experimental studies on behaviour of granular materials/soil
  • Elastoplastic constitutive model for granular materials and its applications in geotechnology
  • Advanced/new pavement/railway materials and their applications in transportation engineering
  • Long-term stability analysis of railways   
  • Soil-structure interaction 

Informal inquiries may be addressed to Dr Juan Wang or Dr Yunming Yang, but formal applications should follow the instructions in ‘How to apply’ section below.

PhD programme structure

PhD programmes at the UNNC are composed of 3 years research and submission is expected within 3 years for full-time students. PhD supervision is undertaken jointly by academics from University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and University of Nottingham UK (UNUK). On successful completion, students will be awarded University of Nottingham PhD degree, and no reference will be made on the degree certificate as to where the degree has been completed. The University of Nottingham PhD degree will be accredited by the Chinese Ministry of Education.


  • Applicants must have a first class honours undergraduate degree or 65% and above for a Masters’ degree from a British university, or the equivalent from other institutions
  • Applicants must meet the required English language proficiency for the relevant subject area. Please be advised that IELTS 6.5 ( minimum 6.0 in any element) or its equivalent is required for FOSE Faculty scholarship.
  • More details can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ page of the website 

How to apply

Please email scanned copies of the following documents to by 16:00 (China time) on the closing date. All documents must be in English except the copy of Chinese national ID. If original documents are not in English, a translated English version is required in addition to the original one. An application missing any of the following document (except for English language score) is incomplete and will not be considered.

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  • A completed application form (all fields filled)
  • A research proposal
  • Copies of degree certificates for undergraduate and postgraduate studies (Xueli certificates are required too for applicants from Chinese universities)
  • Official transcripts with marks for all individual modules/courses from undergraduate and postgraduate studies (with official university stamp)
  • English language test score (IELTS/ PTE academic) (not required for native English speakers)
  • Two references (must be emailed directly by the referees)
  • A copy of ID or passport (both sides of an ID card required)
  • An electronic copy of passport-sized photo taken within three months of  this application
Please quote the scholarship reference number in your application form if you are applying for this scholarship.