Call for NZ-China NCD PhD proposals (2018 scholarship round)

Dear Researchers,

2018 PhD Proposals are being called from by the NZ-China Non Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre

This will allow for full scholarships for up to 10 Chinese students per year to undertake doctoral studies.  Please see below for further details and attached proposal template.

Closing date Friday 18 August 2017 to be sent to Dr. Hu Zhang

Earlier this year, the NZ-China NCD Research Collaboration Centre (NCD CRCC) signed an MOU with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and three NZ universities (Auckland, AUT and Otago) to offer full scholarships for up to 10 Chinese students per year to undertake doctoral studies in NZ on a topic related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The PhD scholarship covers full tuition fees, living allowance and health insurance for up to 48 months, return international airfare, and visa application fee. 

Other benefits include the opportunity to access to the same opportunities to apply for research support as other doctoral candidates at the NZ universities as well as to apply for additional support from the NCD CRCC to undertake activities that develop research collaboration between China and New Zealand.

More details are on the website:

We are delighted that one applicant was successful in gaining a scholarship in the 2017 scholarship round despite the extremely tight timeframes to get this underway.  In the course of this round we learned that students with permanent residence status in New Zealand or any other country are not eligible to apply but students who are in the first year of a PhD in New Zealand may do so.

We are now calling for PhD research proposals for the 2018 scholarship round. These are open to any research supervisor at the Universities of Auckland, AUT and Otago working in the field of non-communicable diseases, who is interested both in attracting a PhD student from China and developing their own research links with China.

The CSC scholarships are prestigious and attract high quality students.  The NCD CRCC is committed to developing research links between NCD researchers in NZ and China.  Submitting research proposals for Chinese students to consider increases the likelihood of a successful outcome.  The NCD CRCC is therefore looking for a small number (10-15) of PhD research proposals from NZ supervisors with a strong interest in developing links with China.  We will assess the proposals we receive based on the following criteria:

  1. Evidence of track record of research links with China or strong interest in establishing research links;
  2. Alignment to NCD CRCC priority areas (cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and obesity, neuropsychiatric disorders and age-related diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, modernisation of traditional Chinese medicine, gene-environment interactions and big data);

and select up to 15 proposals to be advertised to Chinese students for the 2018 scholarship round.

The process for students to apply for the scholarships is:

September – October 2017

Student reads information about the research proposals and makes direct contact with Supervisor via email

Mid October 2017

Dr Hu Zhang, NCD CRCC Research Collaboration Manager, attends International Graduate Scholarship Fair 2017 in Beijing, Changchun and Hangzhou to promote scholarships and interview potential candidates on behalf of Supervisors (if possible)

October – February 2017

Student applies to undertake doctoral studies at Auckland, AUT or Otago University under the 'CSC-NCD CRCC Joint Funding Programme'.

20 March - 5 April 2018

When Student has received a letter of offer, they apply to the China Scholarship Council for a scholarship under the CSC-NCD CRCC Joint Funding Programme.

June 2018

CSC notifies NCD CRCC of successful candidates, and NCD CRCC notifies Supervisors and Universities

July – December 2018

Student enrols in PhD


If you are interested in the possibility of having a Chinese PhD student starting later in 2018, please submit one or two short research proposals using the attached template by no later than 18 August 2017


Please also feel free to circulate this call within your own networks to any colleagues who may be interested and to any research partners you may have in China.