Biosciences, Geography and Physics: Swansea University Faculty of Science and Engineering Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) PhD Scholarships 2023 (RS263)

Closing date: 27 February 2023 (23:59 GMT)

Key Information

Funding provider: Swansea University

Subject areas: Various subject areas

Project start date:

  • 1 October 2023 (Enrolment open from mid-September)

Supervisors: Selected at shortlisting stage

Aligned programme of study: PhD

Mode of study: Full-time

Project description:

Swansea University is pleased to support the Chinese Scholarship Council Scheme (CSC) for the 23/24 academic year for full-time doctoral study, commencing in October 2023.

This year, up to ten CSC applications will be supported by Swansea University. Each scholarship is offered for a maximum period of three years; CSC students are expected to submit their theses within this timescale.

Applicants should be aware that faculty-based shortlisting panels are expected to sit in February 2023. Please note that shortlisting panels may contact candidates within this period. Interviews are expected to take place in early March 2023.

Please Note that any offers will be conditional upon applicants being successful with their application to the Chinese Scholarship Council for an October 2023 start.

Students will receive training in a vibrant, dynamic and supportive research community, preparing your development as a future leader in your field. Your research will be conducted at our state-of-the-art laboratory and high-performance computing facilities and will be enriched by our global collaborative networks and ESRC and UKRI Doctoral Training schemes.

The School of Biosciences, Geography and Physics is pleased to welcome applications for CSC Scholarships, particularly in the areas of:

  1. Biosciences (e.g. Aquatic systems, behavioural ecology and evolution, ecosystem dynamics, and natural resources)
  2. Human and Physical Geography (e.g. Environmental hazards, climate change, glaciology, remote sensing and modelling, and critical human geography)
  3. Physics (e.g. Particle physics and cosmology; atomic, molecular and quantum physics; and semiconductor materials)

Project supervisors: all applicants should note that faculties will assess their supervisory capacity for individual applicants at the shortlisting stage of the recruitment process. The formal offer of a scholarship place to successful applicants is contingent on relevant supervisor capacity and experience having first been confirmed by staff internally. 

Informal scholarship enquiries from applicants to prospective supervisors – prior to the application deadline – are warmly encouraged; please direct these to the relevant member/s of faculty staff.


Candidates must have attained, or must be expected to attain, a first-class honours degree and/or a distinction at master’s level.

  • Where applicants have multiple master’s degrees, a distinction must be held in the degree that is most relevant to the intended PhD study.
  • If you are currently studying for a master’s level qualification, ‘award’ is required to take place prior to enrolment and in good time to allow visa application/travel to take place.

See ‘country specific information for European and international applicants (available at the bottom of the page)'. 

Applicants must be able to begin their course of study in October 2023. As a cohort-based programme, deferral to an alternative enrolment window within the academic year or to another academic year is not permissible.

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with a score of at least 6.5 in each individual component) or equivalent that is recognised by Swansea University. Details on the Swansea University English Language entry policy can be found here.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is – at this time – open solely to applicants who hold Chinese National Status.

NB: If you are holding a non-UK degree, please see Swansea University degree comparisons to find out if you meet the eligibility.  

If you have any questions regarding your academic or fee eligibility based on the above, please email with the web-link to the scholarship(s) you are interested in. 


These scholarships cover the full cost of tuition fees only to successful Chinese National candidates to commence their study in October 2023.

How to Apply

Our priority is to recruit excellent candidates. We want all of our applicants to have the opportunity to showcase their unique skills and innovative research ideas.

To apply, please complete your application online with the following information:

  1. Course choice – please select Physics / PhD / Full-time / 3 Year / October

    All applicants will need to select this course to formally link their application to this particular CSC advertisement – please be reassured, though, that specific research themes and interests can be detailed at a later stage of the application.

    If you are successful in receiving a scholarship, the course choice may change depending on the research area that you detail in your application.

    In the event you have already applied for the above programme previously, the application system may issue a warning notice and prevent application, in this event, please email where staff will be happy to assist you in submitting your application.

  2. Start year – please select 2023
  3. Funding (page 8) –
  • ‘Are you funding your studies yourself?’ – please select No
  • ‘Name of Individual or organisation providing funds for study’ – please enter ‘RS263 - CSC2'

*It is the responsibility of the applicant to list the above information accurately when applying, please note that applications received without the above information listed will not be considered for the scholarship award.

One application is required per individual Swansea University led research scholarship award; applications cannot be considered listing multiple Swansea University led research scholarship awards.

As part of your online application, you MUST upload the following documents (please do not send these via email):

  • CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts (if you are currently studying for a degree, screenshots of your grades to date are sufficient)
  • A CSC statement (1,000 words maximum), this is an opportunity for you to tell us about your existing skills, relevant experience and the area of research in which you are interested. Please complete the template and upload it in section 6 of the University’s online APPLY application submission platform.

Your CSC statement should include:

  • An overview of your academic interests and how they relate to the subject area in question, any relevant professional/employment experience and/or any extra-curricular activities that may be relevant;
  • A brief outline of your research idea, which could address:
    • The aims, objectives and the significance of the research;
    • Its alignment with the research themes in this advertisement;
    • The potential academic or societal impact of the research.

Please upload your CSC statement document in section 6. You DO NOT need to include a full research proposal here, or a cover letter, in order to submit a complete application.

  • Two references (academic or previous employer) on headed paper or using the Swansea University reference form. Please note that we are not able to accept references received citing private email accounts, e.g. Hotmail. Referees should cite their employment email address for verification of reference.
  • Evidence of meeting English Language requirement (if applicable).
  • Copy of Chinese National Residential Status (if applicable)

For enquiries, please contact

*External Partner Application Data Sharing – Please note that as part of the scholarship application selection process, application data sharing may occur with external partners outside of the University, when joint/co- funding of a scholarship project is applicable.