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The Danish SDC office provides funding for PhD scholarships within SDC�s research themes. Since 2011 more than 100 PhD’s have received financial support.
Danish SDC PhD students are enrolled at one of the eight Danish universities and must have both a main supervisor from a Danish university and a co-supervisor from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences or another approved Chinese partner institution.
The PhD students must spend at least 6-12 months in a Chinese research environment depending on the funding model. PhD students funded by the Danish SDC office are also expected to contribute to the educational activities on the SDC Master’s programmes in Beijing during their stay in China.
Danish SDC PhD scholarships are announced annually in open positions posted on the website of the relevant Graduate School/PhD school. Check out these websites regularly to learn more about vacant PhD scholarships.
Chinese citizens cannot apply for PhD scholarships funded by the Danish SDC office but must apply through University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in accordance with Chinese national regulations.
Learn from the best
SDC PhD Cecilie Christensen is working on improving the quality of barley at her laboratory in Beijing. �It is imperative for me to do part of my PhD in China, simply so I can learn from the best�, she says.
When traveling to China on a PhD stay, you need a valid visa. Application is done through the Chinese Visa Application Service. Please begin the visa application process in good time.
It is solely the responsibility of the PhD-student to make sure that you are properly covered during a research stay or a vacation. Please contact your Danish university to find out if you have travel insurance at the university. Please note that the insurance provided only cover research stays and not vacation.
Expenses and Travel Costs
It is not possible to have expenses covered by the Danish SDC office. There are no economic transactions between the Danish SDC office and the PhD student – only between the Danish SDC office and the Danish university and between the university and the PhD student.
The PhD student must always settle his/her travel account with his/her university, not with the SDC. It is not possible to apply for additional funding from the SDC in coming application rounds.
Public transportation and taxi fares in Beijing are cheap compared to European standards. Since Chinese taxi drivers rarely speak English, it is often wise to have written notes in Chinese with your home address, relevant addresses, etc. before you move around the city alone.
Payment in Beijing
Beijing is still very much geared towards cash transactions. You can use your Visa at selected destinations, but generally speaking, most transactions are carried out by using cash.
Please note that PhD-students have to arrange their stay, including accommodation, and will bear the costs of accommodation during the stay. The Chinese hosting institution may be helpful in securing accommodation.
Alternatively, renting an apartment is a possibility, in which case the common action is to contact a real estate agent upon arrival in Beijing. Usually it is possible to find a place within a few days. Leases in China can be complicated, so it’s important that the chosen real estate agency helps you understand all terms and conditions before you sign.
If you rent an apartment, you need to register at the local police station within 24 hours. They will issue a Temporary Residence Registration.
Dedicated Facebook and WeChat groups for SDC PhD’s have been established. Contact the Danish SDC office for admittance.
For more general information you should consult the information for teachers researchers here .
SDC funded PhD students arranged by research area.
Nick Yin Larsen
Core Centre for Molecular Mophology, Aarhus University
Topic: Minicolumns and volume tensors of neurons in Brodmann Area 46 in human autopsy brains
Starting date: 1 March 2017
Thomas Bouet Guldb�k Poulsen
Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University
Topic: Triggers of autoimmune diseases with a focus on post-translational modifications
Starting date: 1 December 2016
Rikke Linnemann Nielsen
Department of Bio and Health Informatics, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Big Data approaches for prediction of disease treatment efficacy and related outcomes
Starting date: 1 November 2016
Jonas Olsen Dall
Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University
Topic: An investigation into the perceptual influence of prior information in the human cognitive system
Starting date: 1 February 2016
Jesper Duemose Nielsen
Department of Applied Mathmatics and Computer Science, DTU
Topic: Developing and Validating Realistic Head Models for Forward Calculation of Electromagnetic Fields in EEG and MEG
Starting date: 15 October 2015
Visse Theresia Skov Moestrup
Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University
Topic: The effect of ‘Compound X’ on beta amyloid accumulations seen in Alzheimer’s disease
Starting date: 1 August 2015
Department of Clinical Medicine – Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience
Topic: Olfaction in depressed patients undergoing wake-therapy
Starting date: 1 February 2015
Jan Ole Pedersen
DTU Elektro Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Encoding of non-MR Signals in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Data
Starting date: 1 December 2014