Call for 2019 Doctoral Programs for International Students

1. Introduction 

The University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) accepts international students through over 20 UCAS faculties and over 100 institutes of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). See here for detailed information about UCAS faculties and CAS institutes. 

Doctoral programs commonly last for 3 years. Certificates of graduation and degrees will be awarded to those who have met the requirements of graduation and degree conferment. 


2. General Conditions for Applicants 

(1) Non-Chinese citizens. 

(2) Be in good health, of good character, and willing to abide by China's laws and decrees, as well as UCAS’s rules and regulations. 

(3) Holding a Master’s degree or its equivalent. 

As some countries’ higher education systems are very different from the Chinese system, applicants from different education systems should read Attachment 1 for reference. 

(4) English proficiency is required. 


3. Application Time 

● Program for 2019 fall semester: Please submit online application during December 1st, 2018–May 31st, 2019. For those who apply to UCAS for scholarship, please submit the above admission application documents along with scholarship application form before March 31st, 2019, the scholarship application deadline. 

● Program for 2020 spring semester: Please submit online application during June 1st, 2019–November 30th, 2019. 


4. Application Guideline 


You should verify that you meet ALL the requirements specified in the “General conditions for applicants” section of this call. 


See here for a list of eligible supervisors affiliated with UCAS faculties/CAS institutes. 

Once you find an eligible professor of your interest, you must contact him/her, send an explanatory e-mail together with your CV, research proposal and any other required documents to him/her, and indicate that you wish to pursue doctoral degree at UCAS. 


Applications shall be submitted via the Online Application System for International Students of UCAS (here) which would be launched around December 1st, 2018. Please prepare and upload the following materials to the system. 

  Personal information page of ordinary passport 

The passport shall have at least 2 years validity. According to Article 3 of the Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China, any individual who was a Chinese national and then acquired a foreign nationality shall provide a Certificate of Cancellation of Chinese Household registration. 

  Recent full-face bust photo with 2-inch 

It is best to upload the photo used for passport. 

  Complete CV with a brief introduction of research experience; 

  Foreigner Physical Examination Form (Attachment 2) 

  Master’s and Bachelor degree certificates 

Applicants having just completed or about to complete their Master’s degree should provide an official pre-graduation certificate showing their student status and stating their expected graduation date. They are required to submit Master’s degree certificates to the International Students Office of UCAS via their host institute before they enrol at UCAS. 

  Master’s and Bachelor degree’s transcripts 

  Detailed research proposal 

  Title pages and abstracts of published papers (if have) 

If you have more than 5 papers, please upload no more than 5 of representative papers. Please DO NOT upload any unpublished paper. 

  TWO reference letters 

The referees shall be familiar with you and your work, NOT to be your host supervisor. The letters should be signed, dated on official headed paper with contact phone number and email address of the referees. 

  Certificate of financial support (or complete the scholarship application procedure to UCAS) 

For those who a. have already got financial support, please attach the certificate of financial support; b. are applying to study by self-support, please attach the affidavit of support from guarantors and a bank statement; c. are applying for scholarship program(s) to UCAS, please complete the scholarship application procedure(s). 



Please note: 

a. All uploaded documents should be in Chinese or in English; otherwise notarial translations in Chinese or English are required. Once translated, the original documents and their notarial translations are required to submit together to the application system. Please use a scanner to prepare all the required documents in colour. Images captured by mobile phone or camera are not acceptable. Copies are also not acceptable. 

b. The university has the right to request applicants to provide the original or notarial hardcopies of their application documents for further qualification checks if the uploaded documents are insufficient. Applicants shall guarantee all the information and application documents submitted in this application are authentic and accurate, otherwise they will be disqualified from admission. 

c. Application with incomplete documents, lack of some required documents or wrong personal information will not be processed. 

d. The applicant cannot apply to more than one institute/school and supervisor. 

e. Please choose major, host supervisor and host institute cautiously before submission. After enrolment at UCAS, applications for the change of these items are seldom considered. 

f. Please DO NOT send any hardcopy of application materials directly to the International Students Office of UCAS. None of the application documents will be returned. 

g. Chinese Government Scholarship, CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme and UCAS Scholarship for International Students do not request for application processing fee. 

h. Processing fee is non-refundable in any case. 

i. Please prepare your application carefully. After submission, none will be returned to you for modifications. 


5. Evaluation and Admission 

UCAS enrols international students based on evaluation of application documents together with a further matriculation examination. The admission committee of the applicable UCAS schools/CAS institutes will review the application documents and select applicants for further examination. 

The examination will take the form of one of the following methods: Interview Exemption; Personal Interview; Interview plus written test. If an interview is required for admission, relative UCAS schools/CAS institutes will contact the applicant directly to set up an interview appointment and provide information about the interview process. 

Admission is determined at UCAS school/CAS institute level with oversight by UCAS according to the result of the document review, the interview, and other factors. Admission Notices, Visa Application Forms and some other documents will be sent to the admitted students after the final admission result is released. Prior to this, applicants may check their admission status via the Online Application System for International Students of UCAS (here) 


6. Visa Application and Registration 

The admitted student should take his personal passport that is used for admission application, Admission Notice, Visa Application Form (JW202/JW201), and original Form of Physical Examination Record for Foreigners as well as other original documents of physical examination to the Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China, and apply for a student visa (X1/X2 visa). Please do not enter China visa-free or with other types of visas other than X visa. Please keep the original Admission Notice and Visa Application Form (JW202/ JW201) which are needed for registration and residence permit application. 

The admitted student should register at the place indicated in the Admission Notice, and should register on the assigned date. Otherwise, they should get the university approval in advance. 


7. Fees and Scholarships 

7.1 Application Processing Fee, Tuition, and Expenses: 

(1) Application processing fee: RMB 600 (Non-refundable); 

(2) Tuition: 

Liberal Arts: RMB 34,000/year;
All Other Disciplines: RMB 40,000/year;

(3) Accidental Injury and Hospitalization Insurance premium: 

RMB 800/year, RMB 400/half year; 

(4) Accommodation (shared rooms) fee: RMB 900/month for one student; 

(5) Outpatient service fee is paid according to the insurance scheme of insurance company. 

Board expenses, travel expenses and other costs of experiments, meetings and trainings beyond the program curriculum are at the student’s own expense. 


Please note: 

    1. Currencies other than RMB, USD and EUR are unacceptable. 

    2. UCAS bank account information: 

Beneficiary: University of Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Account number: 11001059200053002790 

Bank: Construction Bank of China 

Beijing Municipal Dongfangguangchang Branch 


    3. Please specify the purpose of the remittance and the student’s name, nationality and passport number. 


7.2 Scholarships 

● Chinese Government Scholarship 

The Chinese Government Scholarship covers many programs, including Bilateral Program, EU Program, AUN Program, PIF Program, etc., to sponsor international students and scholars to study and research in Chinese universities. The scholarship offers fee waivers of admission application, tuition, health insurance, on-campus accommodation, etc. Please refer to the website of the China Scholarship Council ( for detailed introduction, qualifications of applicants and application procedure. 

UCAS is one of the Chinese Government Scholarship universities. Eligible applicants may apply to the China Scholarship Council with recommendation from related national official departments and Embassies or Consulates of the People's Republic of China. The scholarship application usually starts in November and ends in the following April, but please be noted of deadline variations for different countries. The International Students Office of UCAS will offer pre-admission notice if needed. 

Applicants may also apply with UCAS recommendation (see But this is only for a small number of excellent international students who are not currently studying in China. 

● CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme 

The program offers full scholarship for 140 international students from all over the world to pursue doctoral degree at UCAS. It provides tuition and application processing fee waivers and living allowance to cover health insurance, accommodation fee, transportation fee, etc. Please refer to the UCAS website at for detailed information and application procedure. 

● UCAS Scholarship for International Students 

The UCAS Scholarship for International Students offers full scholarship for international students to pursue doctoral degrees at UCAS. It provides tuition fee waiver, health insurance, living allowance and on-campus accommodation. Please refer to the UCAS website at for more information. 


8. Contact Information 

Coordinator: Ms. XIE Yuchen 

International Students Office 

University of Chinese Academy of Sciences 

No.80 Zhongguancun East Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100190, China 


Tel/Fax: +86-10-82674900