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Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University

XJTLU offers a range of scholarships to highly motivated and qualified candidates to pursue research leading to a PhD degree. Successful applicants may receive financial support including:

  • A tuition fee scholarship for up to three years (RMB 80,000 per annum)
  • A monthly stipend for up to three years of (RMB 5,000 RMB per month)

It also provides up to RMB 16,500 to allow participation at international conferences during the period of the award. It is a condition of the award that holders of XJTLU PhD scholarships carry out 300-500 hours of teaching assistance work per year. The scholarship holder is expected to carry out the major part of his or her research at XJTLU in Suzhou, China.

Scholarships are NOW available to candidates who wish to pursue research degree in the following areas:

  • Business (IBSS)

Economics: Behavioural and Experimental Economics, Mathematical Economics, Labour Economics, Political Economy, Energy Economics, Macroeconomics and Finance, Economic Development, Regional Economics, Urban Economics, Health Economics, Economic Sociology, Tourism Economics

Accounting and Finance: Financial Technology, Big data analytics for accounting and finance, Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, Corporate Governance and Managerial Control, Corporate Finance, Asset Pricing, Market Microstructure, Derivatives and Commodity Markets, Financial Economics, Financial Econometrics, International Finance

Management: Operations and Supply Chain, Strategy and Optimisation, Marketing and Communication, International Business and Strategy, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour, Management Information Systems, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

  • Design (DESIGN)

Architecture: History, Theory and heritage, Computational design and fabrication, Urban ecologies.

Urban Planning and Design: Urban dance and public health of elderly in China; Dietary patterns (take out consumption), food environment, and public health; Accessibility, land use, housing price and market, spatial analysis, machine learning, and complex theory; Chinese smart cities in practice; Urban resilience and climate adaptation; GIS for urban sustainable planning; History and theories of urban interventions; Urbanization of China’s economy, society & culture; Urban Regeneration and vulnerable groups; Age-friendly cities for well-being, mobility and community care; Housing and its connections with livability and sustainable urbanization; The role of urban parks in high-density contemporary urban China; Best practice institutional and financial arrangements for PPPs in China; Age-friendly urban health niche modelling; Urbanisation, aging and public health

Industry Design: Product Design and Development, Interaction Design and Virtual Reality, Service design, Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing applications, Smart textiles and textiles manufacturing, Ethnography, Cultural Consumption, and Identity-Making Processes/Issues, Materials and Production Processes, Mechatronics/ Mechanics, Finite Element analysis and Modelling, Communication and Information Design

Media, Film and TV Arts: Digital/New media, Film, television and visual culture, Journalism, Media and Communication, Media and Culture.

  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)

China Studies: Chinese society, Chinese politics and economy, Chinese history, literature and culture.

English: English language, applied linguistics, second language acquisition, language education, bilingualism and multilingualism, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, media discourse, modernism and postmodern literature, cosmopolitanism, Romanticism, and translation and interpreting studies

International Relations: China’s international relations including security, foreign policy and economics; the foreign policies and international relations of states and regional organizations in Africa, the Americas, the Asia-Pacific, and the European Union; international and global political economy; peace and state-building; critical security studies; post-structural approaches to IR; development studies; international communication; propaganda studies; political ideology; soft power studies; Cold War international history; intelligence studies; ethnic minorities.

There will be two application rounds for each academic year:

First round – applications submitted by 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 October will be reviewed in the first round and decision will be announced in December.

Second round – applications submitted by 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 April will be reviewed in the second round and decision will be announced in June. 

Detailed research areas and application requirements can be accessed here (Scroll down to the bottom for PHD Scholarship section):

Application Documents:

Interested applicants are advised to email to with the word of  “DESIGN” or “IBSS” or “HSS” in the subject line to indicate your interested research area, together with the following documents:

  • CV 
  • Two reference letters with company/university letterhead
  • Personal statement outlining your interest in the position 
  • Proof of English language proficiency (an IELTS score of 6.5 or above; for HSS applicants, IELTS score of 7 or above)
  • Verified school transcripts in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
  • Verified certificates of education qualifications in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required) 
  • A fully referenced Research Proposal in English (1,000-3,500 words), including a research proposal title and a description of the research project, see template
  • PDF copy of Master Degree dissertation (or an equivalent writing sample) and examiners reports available
Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Suzhou - China
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: ¥80,000
£9,136 converted salary* tuition fee scholarship
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 17th September 2019
Expires: 17th December 2019
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