ANSO Scholarship for International Students to Pursue Master and PhD Programs

ANSO is a non-profit and non-governmental international scientific organization founded in 2018 by 37 international science and education institutions from around the world. In collaboration with CAS, ANSO provides scholarships for postgraduate students under a program called “ANSO Scholarship for International Students”.

ANSO Scholarship for International Students
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ANSO is committed to promoting shared sustainable development and the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through catalyzing and implementing concrete international cooperative initiatives in Science, Technology, Innovation, and Capacity Building (STIC).

It is envisaged that ANSO will focus on the most urgent regional and global challenges through STIC. This focus includes supporting scientific capacity building and the needs, particularly of the Global South, through partnerships and cooperation with the member countries and institutions.

ANSO will also promote collaborations across the scientific and technological communities of the world to ensure that the benefits of the BRI are widely shared. There will be open access to scientific facilities and information among participants in ANSO.

The grooming and empowerment of young scientists will be a particular focus of ANSO. The ANSO Scholarship is one of the main approaches to achieve this goal.

To find out how the program works and how you can apply, please read the following guide.

ANSO Scholarship for International Students: A Program Overview

The Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO) is a non-profit, non-government international organization founded in 2018. Founding members include 37 scientific institutions, universities, and international organizations worldwide.

ANSO aims to improve regional and global capacity in science and technology, human livelihoods and wellbeing, and to promote broader S&T cooperation and communication.

The ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents (hereinafter referred to as the ANSO Scholarship for International Students) was formally launched in 2019 with the goal of training and cultivation young scientists from all over the world.

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The ANSO Scholarship for International Students supports 200 Master’s students and 300 Ph.D. students every year to pursue postgraduate education at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), or institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) around China.

Currently, CAS, the leading founding member of ANSO, is the sponsor of the ANSO Scholarship. ANSO welcomes all members and parties who are interested in creating a more diversified scholarship program together.

The scholarship covers:

  • Tuition waiver
  • Monthly stipend (3,000 RMB/month for master’s student and 6,000 to 7,000 RMB/month for the Ph.D. student depending on whether he/she has passed the qualification test arranged by USTC/UCAS)
  • Health insurance
  • Application fee waiver
  • Travel subsidy from their home countries to China (one trip per person; any scholarship awardee on-site in China, the host country, at the time of application will not be eligible for any travel subsidy)

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must:

  • Not hold Chinese citizenship
  • Be proficient in English or Chinese
  • Be born after January 1st, 1991 (for master’s program applicants)
  • Be born after January 1st, 1986 (for Ph.D. program applicants)
  • Meet the admission criteria for international students of USTC/UCAS
  • Not take up other assignments during the period of his/her scholarship

If you are currently pursuing a master’s degree at any university/institution in China, you are not eligible for the master’s program of this scholarship. Also, if you are currently pursuing a doctoral degree at any university/institution in China, you are not eligible for the Ph.D. program of this scholarship either.

Otherwise, you will be disqualified from admission and the situation will be reported to your current university/institution. Additionally, you are not allowed to apply for the ANSO Scholarship for International Students in both USTC and UCAS simultaneously, otherwise, you will be disqualified from admission.

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How to Apply for the ANSO Scholarship for International Students

To successfully apply for the ANSO Scholarship, applicants are requested to follow a few key steps that are indicated below.

First, you should verify that you meet all the eligibility criteria for this scholarship. Please check the ANSO Scholarship for International Students’ requirements in the previous section.

For USTC applicants, you don’t need to find a host supervisor before application. If you find one that agrees to accept you, you can upload relevant materials as supporting documentation. If not, you will be recommended a supervisor of your research area after screening procedures organized by USTC.

For UCAS applicants, you need to find an eligible professor of your interest that agrees to accept you. Send an explanatory e-mail together with your CV, research proposal, and other required documents to him/her, and indicate that you wish to apply for the master’s/Ph.D. program of the ANSO Scholarship to UCAS.

Your supervisor should finish the required procedure illustrated in the email automatically sent to him/her by the UCAS system immediately after your application materials pass the preliminary review by the institute/college with which the supervisor is affiliated.

See here for a list of eligible schools/institutes and supervisors of UCAS.

Next, fill and submit your application in the USTC/UCAS admission system as requested. Choose “the ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents” in your application. It is better that you prepare supporting documentation in advance, including but not limited to:

  1. Copy of your regular passport which has at least 2 years validity
  2. Complete CV with a brief introduction of research experience
  3. Original copy of the certificate of university degrees held (master’s program applicants must submit their bachelor’s degree certificate or official pre-graduation certificate showing their student status and stating the expected graduation date; Ph.D. program applicants must submit a bachelor’s degree certificate and master’s degree certificate or official pre-graduation certificate showing their student status and stating the expected graduation date)
  4. Two reference letters (two referees from academia familiar with you and your work should upload their scanned reference letters to the online admission system of USTC/UCAS; reference letters in the body of e-mails will not be accepted)
  5. Detailed research proposal
  6. Photocopies of title pages and abstracts of a maximum of five published academic papers (if available)
  7. Proof of knowledge of English and/or Chinese
  8. Foreigner Physical Examination Form
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All the above supporting documentation must be in English or Chinese, otherwise notarial translations in English or Chinese are required. Make sure the electronic version of supporting documentation is in the right format as requested.

If you are awarded the scholarship, you must present the required documents, including the original degree certificates, original transcripts, and original regular passport to the ANSO Scholarship office at USTC/UCAS upon your registration, otherwise, you will be disqualified.

Closing Date

Applications must be submitted before March 31st, 2021. Late or incomplete submission will result in disqualification.

Contact Detail

Applicants for USTC, please contact:

Ms. Lin Tian (Linda Tian)

ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents USTC Office
University of Science and Technology of China
96 Jinzhai Road, Hefei, Anhui, 230026 China

Tel.: +86 551 63600279
Fax: +86 551 63603531
Email: isa@ustc.edu.cn

Meanwhile, applicants for UCAS, please contact:

Ms. Yuchen Xie (Ph.D. Program)

ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents UCAS Office
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
80 Zhongguancun East Road, Beijing, 100190, China

Tel.: +86 10 82674900
Fax: +86 10 82672900
Email: phd@ucas.ac.cn

Ms. Menglin Hu (Master’s Program)

ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents UCAS Office
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
80 Zhongguancun East Road, Beijing, 100190, China

Tel.: +86 10 82672900
Fax: +86 10 82672900
Email: master@ucas.ac.cn

ANSO Scholarship for International Students Official Website

You can get all the latest information and updates regarding the ANSO Scholarship for International Students by accessing the official ANSO website at www.anso.org.cn.

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