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Scholarship Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarships at UNNC and CNITECH, CAS
Reference 2210DTPCNITECH
Length of Scholarship Up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression
Places 10
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
Entry 10 September 2022
Closing Date 15 April 2022 China Standard Time (CST)


The available PhD scholarship cover

  • Tuition Fee
  • Monthly stipend (RMB3,500)
  • Accommodation at CNITECH for PhD candidate only (accommodation type is based on availability)
  • Medical insurance with designated providers
  • All above items are covered for up to 36 months based on satisfactory progression
  • All regulations set out in the UNNC PhD Scholarship Policy apply

In addition to the above scholarship, successful candidates also have the opportunity to carry out teaching (after the completion of Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) training) or research assistant duties at UNNC since second year of their PhD programmes.


Available PhD research areas

Research areas

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Composite Materials
  • Electrical Machines and Drives
  • New Material Science

Available PhD topics 

  1. Design and preparation of bionic smart materials and their application in soft robots
  2. Sp2 Carbon Conjugated Two-Dimensional Covalent Organic Frameworks for Water Treatment
  3. Study on thermal management for high-power electric motor systems
  4. Development of visible-light responsive oxide and sulfide based semiconducting materials for energy conversion and environmental sustainability
  5. Research on the design and control of high-performance electric motors for vibration suppression

For details of the topics, please click "Research areas and potential supervisors".


PhD programme structure

PhD programmes at the UNNC are composed of 3 years research and a 1 year thesis pending period for full time PhDs. Full time PhDs are expected to submit their theses within a maximum of four years from initial registration.

PhD supervision is undertaken jointly by academics from University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), Ningbo Institute of Industrial Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CNITECH, CAS) and the University of Nottingham UK (UNUK).

On successful completion of the PhD, the students will be awarded a PhD degree from University of Nottingham. No reference will be made on the degree certificate as to where the degree has been completed. The University of Nottingham PhD degree is accredited by the Chinese Ministry of Education and the UK Quality Assurance Agency.



Applicants considering to apply for PhD Scholarship must have met the entry requirements of a PhD programme first. More details can be found on the 'entry requirements' page of the website.

Applicants must have a master degree with minimum average score of 65% and degree classification Merit or above from a British university. Applicants also should hold a bachelor degree at upper second class or above level. Applicants from institutions where different score system is used must have achieved an equivalent level of performance to the above.

Faculty of Science and Engineering also considers bachelor degree only holders with first class honours from a British university, or the equivalent from other institutions.

Applicants must meet the required English language proficiency for the relevant subject area. IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all elements) or its equivalent is required for Faculty of Science and Engineering (FoSE) scholarship applicants.


How to apply

No separate application is required for applying for a scholarship but please make sure you select the correct scholarship reference number in the PhD application system. A list of required documents can be found on the 'how to apply' page.