Australian National University PhD Scholarships Program, Australia

Publish Date: Jul 20, 2015

Deadline: Aug 14, 2015


The Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) was established in 2010 as a joint venture between the ANU and the Australian Government. It is an interdisciplinary research institution established to enhance the existing capabilities of ANU in the field of Chinese studies. It aims to be an integrated, world-leading institution for Chinese Studies and the understanding of China, or what has been called 'Greater China' or the 'Chinese Commonwealth' (the People's Republic of China, the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions, as well as Taiwan and the Chinese diaspora), on a global scale.

PhD Scholarships at the Australian Centre on China in the World last for three years. Depending on approval, a scholarship may be extended by six months. CIW will also provide access to a 'skill development fund' to enable students to participate in training activities deemed necessary to the research endeavour of the candidate. Skill development may include language training in Chinese, or other skills relevant to the topic of the dissertation.

Students will have access to a working space in CIW's new purpose-built facilities located on the ANU’s Canberra campus and will become part of a vibrant community of young China scholars at the ANU. More on the programs and public activities of the Centre can be found at ourevent page and The China Story.

Field of Study

Any disciplines of the humanities and the social sciences and with a strong focus on China.


Australia and New Zealand Citizens; Australian Permanent Residents; International Students.

To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy program you will be required to have completed at least a four-year Australian degree with at least an upper second class honours or its international equivalent, or a Graduate Diploma or Master’s Degree with a significant research thesis component. There must be a supervisor within the College of Asia & the Pacific (CAP) available to supervise your research.

Students in the CIW program are expected to engage deeply with issues related to China from all disciplinary backgrounds. Thus, proficiency in Chinese is strongly recommended.

All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

You may be granted admission if you can demonstrate that you have a background equivalent to these qualifications.

Program Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy requires the submission and successful examination of a thesis of up to 100,000 words.

From 2016 newly enrolled PhD students will need to complete twelve credits of coursework. Appropriate courses will be determined by the student and his/her Chair, and might include two online Master’s level courses offered by CIW:

  • CHIN8513 China: the Big Questions (6 units, Semester 1)
  • CHIN8514 China: Wealth and Power (6 units, Semester 2)

A student may also be asked by their supervisor to undertake additional courses to aid the successful completion of their dissertation. Please discuss this with your supervisor/convenor before you enrol.

How to apply

The Australian Centre on China in the World Scholarship is considered as part of your application for admission to the ANU PhD Program.

Please follow the steps below for admission to the ANU PhD Program:

Step 1: Find a supervisor

Before submitting an application, applicants must establish contact with a potential supervisor from among either the CIW full time academic staff or fromother full time academics in the College of Asia & the Pacific at ANU. Please note not all academics listed on the websites will be available. You must include the name of the person who agreed to supervise you in your application.

Tip: When writing to your potential supervisor, include your CV and a two-three page research proposal. This will help a potential supervisor understand more about your research interests.

Step 2: Pre-application requirements

To ensure that your application is assessed, you must submit the following documents with your application:

  • CV
  • Three relevant academic referee reports. The form can be downloaded on the ANU Postgraduate Research Applications link below
  • A short research proposal summary (one page)
  • A comprehensive research proposal (two to three pages)
  • IELTS or TOEFL English language test results (see the University'sEnglish Language Admission Requirements for Students for more information)
  • High quality colour copies of official academic qualifications including undergraduate and postgraduate studies. If the original document is not in English, the applicant must supply:
    • the original language transcript of studies showing subjects and results
    • the original language testmr or graduation certificate
    • an verified English translation of these documents
    • a copy of the grading scale

Step 3: Application & referee reports

Apply via the ANU Postgraduate Research ApplicationsSearch for 9513XPHD and apply for a Doctor of Philosophy, Australian Centre on China in the World

If you wish to be considered for a CIW Scholarship, you must indicate 'China in the World Scholarship' in the Scholarship section. If you also want to be considered for other ANU research scholarships, please be aware that they may have different scholarship application deadlines. You must indicate on your admission application form whether you still wish to be considered for admission if your application for a scholarship is unsuccessful.

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