Since 2008, Griffith University has partnered with the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) to offer a joint doctoral program to undertake research at both universities.

Candidates undertake a five-year program commencing with one year of coursework training at UCAS, followed by a four year research program conducted at both UCAS and Griffith. Subject to satisfactory completion of all agreed program requirements, the two universities will each award a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) to the candidate.

Each year, candidates for the program will be awarded competitive stipend and tuition scholarships (equivalent to a Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship and a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship) for a period of three years in total to undertake research at Griffith. Candidates may also be provided with a UCAS PhD scholarship of up to two years to undertake the relevant coursework, and the first year of research at UCAS.

Candidates must fulfil all relevant academic entry requirements, including the prescribed level of English language proficiency. The program is extended to all research areas including natural resources, environment and life sciences, and any other areas where there are existing or proposed research collaborations.

Download the GU-UCAS Joint Doctoral Program Structure (PDF, 64KB)

Apply to UCAS
UCAS PhD candidates will need to apply to UCAS to undertake the Joint Degree Program (candidates will usually be within their first year of candidature at UCAS). UCAS will advertise the Joint Doctoral Program on their website. UCAS will shortlist applicants and advise Griffith University. Candidates will then be requested to complete an application for admission and scholarship at Griffith.

Apply to Griffith
Applications for PhD admission and scholarships are to be lodged online.

An assessment panel comprising the Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School and two Deans (Research) will consider the shortlisted applicants and approve admission to the Joint Degree Program, and award of scholarships.

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