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Scholarship PhD Scholarship for Research Stars
Reference 2103UNNC_RS
Length of Scholarship Up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression
Places 3
  • Faculty of Business
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
Entry 11 September 2021
Closing Date 15 May 2021 China Standard Time (CST)


The available PhD scholarship cover

  • Tuition fee
  • Monthly stipend
  • 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 paid 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

This scholarship is open to high-achieving students who are interested in an open research area. Interested students have to identify a potential supervisor who can support their proposal in the research area.

For details of postgraduate research programmes provided by UNNC, please refer to the research programme page. You are advised to discuss about the research topic with your potential supervisor in advance.


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.

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 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 received

  • Unconditional PhD offer (2021 entry) with scholarship from World Top 100 Universities*. or
  • Unconditional PhD offer (2021 entry) with scholarship from other world top professional colleges/schools (e.g. Top Design Colleges/Schools and Financial Times European Business School Top 50 etc.)

Eligible candidates will be invited for an interview if a department/faculty would like to further assess your suitability for the programme and proficiency in English etc. Most interviews will be conducted via video conferencing or telephone if an in person interview is not applicable.

*Note: World Top 100 Universities will refer to the following ranking systems:

QS World University Rankings, U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings, Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education World University Rankings


How to apply

No separate application is required for applying for a scholarship but please make sure you quote the scholarship reference number in your PhD application form. A list of required documents can be found on the 'how to apply' page. Apart from this list, please submit your unconditional PhD offer (2021 entry) and scholarship letter from World Top 100 Universities.