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Under this scheme, up to five PhD students per year are pre-selected and sponsored by China's Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) to spend two years at Warwick followed by a further two years at SUSTech with co-supervision throughout, graduating with a Warwick PhD upon successful completion.

The five-year scheme, launched in August 2016 when a ‘Collaborative PhD Mobility Agreement’ was signed, is intended to broaden and strengthen the research links which already exist between Warwick and SUSTech in areas such as Chemistry and Computer Science.

SUSTech pays the students’ tuition fees, as well as any applicable bench fees (up to £5K) and a stipend aligned to RCUK levels, for the two years which the students will spend at Warwick. SUSTech also covers the travel fees and local expenses of the students’ Warwick supervisors (up to £7K per year) for visits to ensure continuous supervision in the third and fourth years of the PhD programme which will be spent at SUSTech.

Acceptance onto any Warwick course under this scheme is subject to the standard admissions requirements, screening procedures and offer process.

SUSTech is a public university founded in 2011 in Shenzhen, one of the most prosperous and dynamic cities in China. Since establishment, the university has been widely regarded as a pioneer of Chinese higher education reform, and has received world-wide attention as a promising young university of science and technology. The Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars ranked SUSTech as the 62nd among the top 100 institutions world-wide for high-quality science.

Applications should be made to SUSTech by the end of October of the preceding year. If subsequently nominated by SUSTech for a scholarship, candidates should then apply through Warwick's standard postgraduate admissions system, clearly indicating within their application that they are applying for the Warwick-SUSTech collaborative PhD mobility programme.

For more information about the scheme, please contact doctoralcollege at warwick dot ac dot uk