The ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents 2024 Call for Applications


ANSO Scholarship

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The Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO) is a non-profit, non-governmental international organization founded in 2018. Founding members include 37 scientific institutions, universities, and international organizations worldwide. ANSO aims to improve regional and global capacity in science and technology, human livelihoods and wellbeing, and to promote broader S&T cooperation and communication.

The ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents

The ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents (hereinafter referred to as the ANSO Scholarship) was formally launched in 2019 with the goal of training and cultivating young scientists from all over the world. The ANSO Scholarship supports 200 Master’s students and 300 PhD students every year to pursue postgraduate education at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) or institutes of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) around China.

A sub-category of the ANSO Scholarship: the ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship was officially launched in year 2022. Echoing the priority of TWAS/UNESCO, special (not exclusive) consideration will be given to two target groups: Least Development Countries (LDCs) and women. Up to 50 PhD students from developing countries will be selected by TWAS/UNESCO into this category every year.

CAS, the leading founding member of ANSO, is the major sponsor of the ANSO Scholarship. TWAS and UNESCO, both founding members, provide part of the funding for the ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship awardees. ANSO welcomes all members and parties who are interested in creating a more diversified scholarship program together.
Part II: Coverage 


1.For ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship awardees, the above item 1 to item 4 will be covered by CAS; item 5 and item 6 will be covered by TWAS/UNESCO. For other ANSO Scholarship awardees, all the items above will be covered by CAS. 

2.The reimbursement/allowance standards and procedure for item 5 and item 6 should comply with the rules of the sponsor.

3.Any scholarship awardee on site in China, the host country, at the time of application will NOT be eligible for any travel subsidy.
All awardees are required to finish centralized training in Chinese language, Chinese culture and all required credits as well as practical research and completion of degree thesis at colleges and schools of USTC/UCAS or CAS institutes. 

Any awardee who fails annual assessments will face the consequences including: 

•Termination of his/her scholarship;

•Discontinuity of his/her study;

•Being provided with a certificate of attendance for the period of study undertaken in China but not a formal degree.

All the awardees are required to abide by Chinese laws and USTC/UCAS regulations and rules.

Part III: Eligibility

·Eligible applicants should NOT hold Chinese citizenship;

·Eligible applicants should be proficient in English or Chinese;

·For Master’s program applicants: you should be born after 1st January 1994 (inclusive);

For PhD program applicants: you should be born after 1st January 1989 (inclusive);

·Eligible applicants should meet the admission criteria for international students of USTC/UCAS;

·Eligible applicants should NOT take up other assignments during the period of his/her scholarship.

·If you are currently pursuing a master’s degree at any university/institution in China, you are NOT eligible for the master’s program of this scholarship. If you are currently pursuing a doctoral degree at any university/institution in China, you are NOT eligible for the PhD program of this scholarship. Otherwise, you will be disqualified from admission and the situation will be reported to your current university/institution.


·You are NOT allowed to apply for the ANSO Scholarship in both USTC and UCAS simultaneously, otherwise you will be disqualified from admission.

Part IV: Application Procedure

The 2024 ANSO Scholarship is open for application on 20th October 2023 (The exact dates might be slightly different for USTC and UCAS, please check their websites for details).

 Deadline for Applicants and Referees: 15 February 2024 (Beijing Time)

1. Application MaterialsFor USTC applicants, please refer to Application Guideline for Graduate Applicants to USTC here

For UCAS applicants, please refer to the Call for 2024 Doctoral Programs for International Students and the Call for 2024 Master’s Programs for International Students here
2. Application PortalFile and submit your application in the USTC/UCAS admission system as requested before the deadline.  

When applying:

•Firstly choose “the ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents” in your application.  

•Secondly if you want to be considered a potential candidate for the ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO PhD Scholarship, check the box as instructed in the application system. 

To USTC admission system portal: here

To UCAS admission system portal: here

Part V: Contact

Application Management:

1) USTCMs. Lin TIAN (Linda Tian)ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents USTC OfficeUniversity of Science and Technology of China96 Jinzhai Road, Hefei, Anhui, 230026 ChinaTel: +86 551 63600279Fax: +86 551 63603531Email:
2) UCASMs. Yuchen XIE (PhD Program)ANSO Scholarship UCAS Office University of Chinese Academy of Sciences 80 Zhongguancun East Road, Beijing, 100190, ChinaTel: +86 10 82674900Fax: +86 10 82672900Email:

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