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 places,
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 stipend, 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 400. The eleventh 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.
Professors at Freie Universität Berlin are able to offer positions for Chinese doctoral candidates from June 2017 onward and send them to the Beijing Office. 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 2019.
The offered PhD positions as well as additional information will be published on the website of the Beijing Office around the beginning of October. For any further questions, please contact Ms. Beate Rogler, director of FUB's Chinese liaison office.
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. Beate Rogler at Beijing Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Beate Rogler will be at Freie Universität Berlin from June 26 to July 14, 2017, to answer your questions. As part of the International Week she will host an event on the FUB-CSC program on June 27, 2017, at 4 pm at the Silberlaube Seminar Center, room L113.