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Freie Universität Berlin - China Scholarship Council Program for Doctoral Researchers (FUB-CSC Programm)

Cooperation with the China Scholarship Council

One highly successful example of the university’s efforts to recruit qualified junior scientists and scholars is its work with the China Scholarship Council (CSC). As part of a special program sponsored by the Chinese government, the CSC awards about 6,000 foreign scholarships each year to Chinese doctoral candidates, most of them from the top 50 universities in China.

Since 2008, Freie Universität has maintained a primary partnership with the CSC that makes it easier to recruit qualified junior scholars and scientists from China for doctoral programs at all departments of Freie Universität. The Beijing Office of Freie Universität disseminates information about available positions, collects applications, supports professors in selecting candidates, and advises candidates on all matters relating to their applications and, if successful, their studies in Germany. The success rate among those candidates for a CSC scholarship, once they have been accepted by the university, is very high. Scholarship recipients can decide whether to participate as “sandwich candidates,” working at their home universities during the first and final years of the doctoral program and spending one to two years in between in Berlin; or whether they wish to complete a full four-year doctoral program in Berlin. Thanks to the CSC program, the number of doctoral candidates from China at Freie Universität Berlin has increased from 24 (winter semester 06/07) to currently over 450. The next round of the CSC PhD program starts this year.

Since 2013, doctoral candidates who have completed their Master's degree in Germany or elsewhere abroad are available to apply as well.

Call for start in September/October 2021

Professors at Freie Universität Berlin are able to offer positions for Chinese doctoral candidates from now on till the 21st of September. These positions are either designed for a period of one or two years in the course of a so-called "sandwich"-type doctorate (where the candidate completes his or her degree at a Chinese university) or for a four-year full-doctorate at Freie Universität Berlin, starting in September/October 2021.

Call for the FUB-CSC 2021 Program:

The offered PhD positions as well as additional information will be published on this website as well as on the site of the Beijing Office around the beginning of October. For any further questions, please contact Ms. Nicole Putbrese, Coordinator for the CSC-programm at Freie Universität Berlin (csc@international.fu-berlin.de).
You can find the list of current offers on the website of our liaison office in Beijing.

Please find the document for your PhD offer including a project description here.

 

Please submit your PhD position offer to Ms. Nicole Putbrese; csc@international.fu-berlin.de 

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