SKA PhD Scholarship Schemes

ACAMAR is delighted to offer SKA scholarships for Chinese Ph.D students to visit or enrol at selected Australian universities and research institutes. These scholarships, of which up to 20 per year are available, are funded by Australian institutes and the China Scholarship Council (CSC), managed by the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. There will be normally two rounds per year, with only the first round offering the full 4-yr scholarships. This scheme is open to students of Chinese nationality up to 35 years old.

All PhD projects will be related to SKA radio astronomy.

Notional PhD Project List

Terms and conditions in Chinese (unofficial English translation here)

APPLICATION FORM HERE

OPTION 1: 4-yr scholarships (deadline March 2019)

Applications are invited only once per year for 4-yr SKA scholarships for enrolment at eligible Australian universities. Applications are restricted to Chinese students who are finishing their Masters degree at a Chinese university.

Australian universities currently offering projects are ANU, Curtin University, Melbourne University, Swinburne University, University of Sydney, University of Tasmania, and The University of Western Australia. CSIRO projects may also be selected, but enrolment is only possible at a university, so an official university supervisor must also be arranged. Applicants who wish to enrol at an Australian university will need to pass the eligibility requirements (including IELTS) of the host university.

OPTION 2: 2-yr scholarships (deadline 1 October 2018)

Applications are invited for the following:

  • Research visits to eligible Australian universities and research institutes (including CSIRO) for up to 2 years by Chinese Ph.D students. 
  • Joint 2+2-yr enrolment at eligible Australian universities for Chinese Ph.D students.

PhD students are required to be enrolled in China at one of: the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Beijing Normal University, Nanjing University or the University of Science and Technology of China at Hefei.

An approved project with an Australian co-supervisor must be selected. Australian universities and institutes currently offering projects are ANU, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, Curtin University, Melbourne University, Swinburne University, University of Sydney, University of Tasmania, and The University of Western Australia. 

Joint enrolments are currently only possible for ANU, Curtin University and The University of Western Australia. Applicants who wish to enrol at an Australian university will need to pass the eligibility requirements (including IELTS) of the host university.

Funding

The CSC will provide a AUD 20,700 pa living allowance and return travel. For students who enrol at an Australian university (i.e 2+2 or 4-yr Ph.Ds), the hosting university in Australia will provide:

  • a tuition fee waiver
  • an annual top-up of around AUD$5,000,
  • Overseas Health Cover contribution*
  • funding for meetings and conferences

* Overseas Health Cover contribution will be available at all participating institutions except Curtin University.

Timeline

  • 11 August 2018: applications open for 2-year scholarships (option 2)
  • 1 October 2018: applications close for 2-yr scholarships (option 2)
  • October 2018: formal CSC offer
  • November 2018: formal Australian institute offer
  • The first half of 2019: commence study in Australia

Next round

  • February  2019  (TBD): round 1 applications open (2+2-yr joint PhD scholarships, 2-yr travel scholarships)
  • March 2019 (TBD): round 1 applications close

Contact details

Australian coordinator (AAL): Dr Robert Shen, robert.shen@astronomyaustralia.org.au

Chinese coordinator (NAOC): Ling-Mei Cheng, clm@bao.ac.cn

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