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Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scholarships at UNNC and CNITECH 




Length of Scholarship: 

up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression





Closing Date:

16:00, 14 Jun 2019 (China Time)



*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. Students applying for the Faculty of Business, please click here.

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.


The available PhD scholarships cover:

  • Tuition fee
  • Accommodation at CNITECH for PhD candidate only (accommodation type is based on availability)
  • Monthly stipend (RMB3,500)
  • 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 areas:

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

1. Advanced Manufacturing

Potential Supervisors
 Name Email
Adam Rushworth
Dragos Axinte
Dunant Halim
Gavin Lai
Haonan Li
Heshan Du
Xiaogang Yang
Xinyu Zhang


2. Composite Materials

Potential Supervisors
Bo Li
Jian Yang
Kok Hoong Wong
Tongyu Zhou 
Xiaoling Liu
Yung-Tsang Chen


3. Electrical Machines and Drives

Potential Supervisor
Chris Gerada
Chunyang Gu
Giampaolo Buticchi
He (Alan) Zhang
Jing Li
Michael Galea
Pat Wheeler
Serhiy Bozhko
Xu Sun
Zhuang (John) XU


4. New Material Science

Potential Supervisors
Bencan Tang
Binjie Hu
Chengheng Pang
Guang Zhu
Hainam Do
Hao Chen
Jiawa Lu
Jim Greer
Jun He
Kam Loon Fow
Kuan Chee 
Lan Xia
Linpo Yu
Stephen Adegbite
Yong Ren
Yong Shi
Yunming Yang


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 the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), Ningbo Institute of Industrial Technology, CAS (CNITECH) and the University of Nottingham UK (UNUK). On successful completion, students will be awarded the 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
English Language Proficiency
 Qualification DTP Scholarship Programmes
 IELTS 6.5(≥6.0 in all elements)
 PTE Academic 62(min 55)
 TOEFL (IBT) 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

How to apply

Please email scanned copies of the following documents to by 16:00 (China time) on the application deadline. 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 documents is incomplete and will not be considered.

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  • A completed application form (all fields filled)
  • A research proposal
  • A brief CV
  • 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 (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.