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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.

Practical information

Visa
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.

Insurance
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.
 
Transportation
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.

Accommodation
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.

Social Media
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.

Life Science

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
View Thomas Bouet Gulbæk Poulsens profile at aau.dk
Thomas Bouet Guldbæk 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
View Rikke Linnemann Nielsen profile at dtu.dk
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
View Jonas Olsen Dall's profile at aau.dk
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
View Jesper Duemose Nielsen's profile at dtu.dk
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
View Visse Theresia Skov Moestrup's profile at au.dk
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
View Carsten Gleesborg's profile at au.dk
Carsten Gleesborg
Department of Clinical Medicine - Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience
Topic: Olfaction in depressed patients undergoing wake-therapy
Starting date: 1 February 2015
View Jan Ole Pedersen's profile at dtu.dk
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

Water and Environment

View Emil Jespersen's profile at au.dk
Emil Jespersen
Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
Topic: Phragmites in coastal wetlands - Diversity and ecosystem services in China and Europe
Starting date: 1 January 2017
View Gro Havskov Kirk's profile at au.dk
Gro Havskov Kirk
Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
Topic: Spartina invasions in coastal wetlands
Starting date: 1 January 2017
View Mark Taylor Randall's profile at Mark Taylor at ku.dk
Mark Taylor Randall
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Copenhagen University
Topic: Modelling of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems at the City Scale
Starting date: 1 January 2016
View Ditte Arp Jensen's profile at au.dk
Ditte Arp Jensen
Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
Topic: Global-Change Ecology of Chinese Gymnosperms
Starting date: 1 november 2015
View Grith Martinsen's profile at dtu.dk
Grith Martinsen
Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Topic: Addressing China's water challenges with hydroeconomic optimization
Starting date: 1 November 2015
View Lucien Stolze's profile at dtu.dk
Lucien Stolze
Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Topic: Mechanisms of release and transport of arsenic in groundwater of semi-arid basins in China
Starting date: 1 November 2015
View Majken Deichmann's profile at au.dk
Majken Deichmann
Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University
Topic: The influence of drainage management and N fertilization on crop production and nitrogen leaching
Starting date: 1 November 2015
View Ann-Sofie Gimlinge's profile at ku.dk
Ann-Sofie Gimlinge
Department of plant and environmental sciences, Copenhagen University
Topic: Remediation of metal(loid) polluted soils
Starting date: 1 September 2015
View Muhammad Adil Rashid's profile at au.dk
Muhammad Adil Rashid
Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University
Topic: Sustainable agricultural intensification in irrigated farming systems under climate change
Starting date: 14 April 2015
View Marie Louise Bornø's profile at ku.dk
Marie Louise Bornø
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Topic: The effect of biochar amendment on phosphorus availability in different soil types
Starting date: 1 march 2015
View Mariú Abritta Moro's profile at dtu.dk
Mariú Abritta Moro
Department of Environmental Engineering, DTU
Topic: Contrasting the water innovation systems in Europe and China
Starting date: 1 December 2014
View Md Tariqul Islam Shajib's profile at ku.dk
Md Tariqul Islam Shajib
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Topic: Urban flooding and contaminant flushes
Starting date: 1 March 2014
View Yusef Kianpoor Kalkhajeh's profile at ku.dk
Yusef Kianpoor Kalkhajeh
Department of Environmental Sciences, Copenhagen University
Topic: Pollutant fate and control in peri-urban soil and water environments
Starting date: 1 December 2013
View Jonas Nüchel's profile at au.dk
Jonas Nüchel
Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
Topic: Geospatial studies of global-change impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity in China
Starting date: 1 January 2012

Sustainable Energy

View Aslak Poulsen's profile at dtu.dk
Aslak Poulsen
Department of Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy, DTU
Topic: Neutrals in the East Sol/Edge region and their impact on plasma operation
Starting date: 15 November 2016
View Burak Ulusoy's profile at dtu.dk
Burak Ulusoy
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Fluidized combustion of biomass
Starting date: 1 September 2016
View Kristian Barrett's profile at dtu.dk
Kristian Barrett
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, DTU
Topic: Valorisation of Industrial Waste Streams from Tuber Processing
Starting date: 1 June 2016
View Bozidar Anicic's profile at dtu.dk
Bozidar Anicic
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, DTU
Topic: Thermal conversion of biomass
Starting date: 1 August 2015
View Gerald Englmair's profile at dtu.dk
Gerald Englmair
Department of Civil Engineering
Topic: Seasonal PCM heat storage for a solar space heating and domestic hot water combi system
Starting date: 1 may 2015
View Christa Møllenbach Bregnbæk's profile at dtu.dk
Christa Møllenbach Bregnbæk
Department of Management Engineering, DTU
Topic: Modelling the effect of emission control measures
Starting date: 1 May 2015
View Cecilie Skovlund Løgi Christensen's profile at ku.dk
Cecilie Skovlund Løgi Christensen
Plant and Environmental Sciences Energy, University of Copenhagen
Topic: Molecular Plant Breeding
Starting date: 1 December 2014
View Anders Bank Blichfeld's profile at au.dk
Anders Bank Blichfeld
Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University
Topic: Thermoelectric Materials - the Zinc-Antimony system
Starting date: 1 August 2014
View Rasmus Seerup's profile at dtu.dk
Rasmus Seerup
Department of chemical and biochemical engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Modelling of gasification of biomass in dual fluidized beds
Starting date: 1 November 2013

Nanoscience

View Nina Katharina Gravesen Salinas's profile at ku.dk
Nina Katharina Gravesen Salinas
Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen
Topic: Synthesis and Investigation of Platform based Molecular Wires
Starting date: 1 November 2016
Steffan Møller Sønderskov
Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University
Topic: Nanoscale Bioimaging by Quantitative Surface Charge Spectroscopy
Starting date: 1 November 2016
View Sakse Emil Dalum's profile at ku.dk
Sakse Emil Dalum
Condensed Matter Theory, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
Topic: Theory of the chiral-induced spin selectivity effect
Starting date: 15 September 2016
View Elisabeth Ffion Downey's profile at ku.dk
Elisabeth Ffion Downey
Department of Chemistry, Copenhagen University
Topic: An investigation into Permanent Molecular Electronic Devices
Starting date: 1 December 2015
View Jens Broe Rix's profile at ku.dk
Jens Broe Rix
Nanoscience Center, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
Topic: Thermoelectric Aspects of Molecular Electronics
Starting date: 1 October 2015
View Veronica Liv Andersen's profile at au.dk
Veronica Liv Andersen
Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University
Topic: A self-assembled modular nanodevice for personalized theranostic medicine
Starting date: 1 September 2015
View Christina Moeslund Madsen's profile at au.dk
Christina Moeslund Madsen
Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center iNANO, Aarhus University
Topic: Soft corona proteins at nanomaterials
Starting date: 1 August 2015
View Mikkel Christensen's profile at au.dk
Mikkel Christensen
Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University
Topic: Modelling of Amylin's Role in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Starting date: 1 August 2015
View Yitai Dai's profile at au.dk
Yitai Dai
The Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University
Topic: Photocatalysis for renewable engergy and organic synthesis
Starting date: 1 February 2015

Social Science

Benjamin Cedric Larsen
Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School
Topic: China 4.0 – Strategic Emerging Industries – Between Regulation and Innovation
Starting date: 15 April 2017
View Anestis Keremis's profile at cbs.dk
Anestis Keremis
Department of Business & Politics, Copenhagen Business School
Topic: The Political Economy of Corporate Social Responsibility in China
Starting date: 1 February 2016
View Birgitte Egeskov Jensen's profile at aau.dk
Birgitte Egeskov Jensen
Center for Comparative Welfare Studies, Aalborg University
Topic: The Demographic and Social Impacts of an Ageing Society in China
Starting date: 1 September 2016
View Birte Hansen's profile at ruc.dk
Birte Hansen
Department of Social Science and Business, Roskilde University
Topic: Exploring Women’s Prospective Contribution to China’s Growing Entrepreneurial Economy and Innovative Development
Starting date: 15. August 2016
View David Schulzmann's profile at aau.dk
David Schulzmann
Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University
Topic: Building global mandate for foreign R&D centers in China
Starting date: 15 March 2015
View Cancan Wang's profile at cbs.dk
Cancan Wang
Department of IT Management, Copenhagen Business School
Topic: Cross-sector collaboration afforded by social media in a changing institutional environment in China
Starting date: 1 February 2015
View Shayegheh Ashourizadeh's profile at sdu.dk
Shayegheh Ashourizadeh
Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, SDU
Topic: Migrant Entrepreneurs` Innovation in an Institutional Context
Starting date: 15 December 2014

View Siri Nordland Bøe-Lillegraven's profile at au.dk
Siri Nordland Bøe-Lillegraven
Department of Business Administration, Aarhus University
Topic: The role of individuals for change of organizational routines. Investigations of cognition in context.
Starting date: 1 march 2013

Other activities

View Junia Paula Gonçalves Silva's profile at ruc.dk
Junia Paula Gonçalves Silva
Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University
Topic: Energy efficient parallel computing with high-level languages
Starting date: 15 March 2016
View Florian Biermann's profile at itu.dk
Florian Biermann
Department of Software and Systems, IT University of Copenhagen
Topic: Parallel Array Programming in a Spreadsheet Model of Computation
Starting date: 1 July 2015