Call for participation to MAIRS 2014 Open Conference

Dear colleagues,

We welcome you to present your research in the session R2-02: “Integrated study on ecohydrological processes in inland river basins”, co-chaired by Prof. Sorooshian, Prof. Dawen Yang, and Prof. Xin Li, at the Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS) Open Science Conference – Future Earth in Asia, April 7-10, 2014 in Beijing Friendship Hotel, Beijing, China. The web page for this conference is The conference has limited funding for young scientists from developing countries outside China. Young scientists are encouraged to submit abstracts. The detail infomation about the funding for young scientists and application form please visit the following website:

Please also see the attachments for details.

With best wishes!
Asian G-WADI secretariat
Jan 28, 2014

2014 Call for CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme for PhD Candidates from Developing Countries

CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme for PhD Candidates from Developing Countries

Call for Applications


According to a new agreement between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries, up to 140 students/scholars from the developing world will be sponsored to travel to China for PhD studies for up to four years.

This CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme provides students/scholars from developing countries (other than China) an opportunity to pursue PhD degrees at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) or Institutes of CAS around China.

Under the terms of the new CAS-TWAS agreement, travel from their home countries to China will be provided to the fellowship awardees in order to begin the fellowship in China (one trip only per student/scholar). Visa fee will also be covered (once only per student/scholar).

Thanks to generous contribution of CAS, fellowship awardees will receive a monthly stipend (including accommodation and other living expenses, local travel expenses and health insurance) of RMB 7,000 or RMB 8,000 from CAS through UCAS/USTC, depending on whether he/she has passed the qualification test arranged by UCAS/USTC for all PhD candidates after admission. All awardees will also be provided tuition waivers.

The funding duration of the fellowship is 4 years, divided into:

  • Maximum 1 year study of courses and participation in centralized training at UCAS/USTC, including 4 months compulsory courses in Chinese Language and Culture.
  • Practical research and completion of degree thesis at colleges and schools of UCAS/USTC or CAS institutes.

General conditions for applicants:

Applicants must:

  • Be maximum age of 35 years on 31 December 2014;
  • Not take up other assignments during the period of his/her fellowship;
  • Be a citizen of a developing country other than China;
  • Not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in China or in any developed country;
  • Be financially responsible for any accompanying family member.

Applicants for PhD study should also:

  • Meet the admission criteria for international students of UCAS/USTC ( or
  •  Hold a master degree before the beginning of the fall semester: September, 2014.
  • Provide evidence that s/he will return to their home country on completion of their studies in China according to CAS-TWAS agreement.
  • Provide proof of knowledge of English or Chinese language.
  • Note: Applicants currently pursuing PhD degrees at any university/institution in China are ineligible for this fellowship.

Please note:

The secretariat host, CAREERI, of Asian G-WADI is an institute affiliated with Chinese Academy of Sciences, thus it is eligible to accept PHD students with this CAS-TWAS presidential fellowship. The secretariat is glad to help potential applicants from our Asian G-WADI member countries in applying this fellowship.

Please feel free to write us at (Ms. Xiaoduo Pan), with copy to (Prof Xin Li) and (Dr. Zhuotong Nan) if you have any questions or concerns.

Please find complete information regarding this fellowship in the attached files.

2014 Call for Applications for the CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship (English)

2014 Call for Applications for the CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship_chs (Chinese)

CAS visiting scholarship for scholars from developing countries

Dear Asian G-WADI members,

Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) visitor scholarship is available for all our Asian G-WADI member countries.  This scholarship is specially to support scholars from developing countries to have a short-term collaborative work with CAS member institutes (including Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAREERI/CAS), which is the host institute of secretariat of Asian G-WADI).

To apply this scholarship, below steps are advised,

  1. Contact a professor of CAS (Chinese partner) to express the interest and find out a potential collaborative research subject. (Asian G-WADI members of  interest could contact Professor Xin Li ( and Professor Zhuotong Nan ( of CAREERI/CAS)
  2. Fill up Application forms, which include a recommendation form in Chinese to be completed by the Chinese professor and an application form in English to be completed and signed by the applicant)
  3. Prepare necessary materials including passport copy, CV, copy of  Ph.D degree diploma attained, and publications in late 5 years.
  4. The Chinese partner should fill up other necessary paperwork and then submit to the CAS .

Scholarship types,

  • A. Postdoctor fellowship, two years.
  • B. Short-term visiting scholar, 3-6 months.


  • Type A, same as national postdoctor admission requirements. With Ph.D degree, usually younger than 40 years old
  • Type B, with Ph.D degree, over 5 years working experience, outstanding in his/her own field.


  • Postdoctor, 150 thousand RMB (Chinese Yuan) per year, plus 15 thousand RMB for an international roundtrip
  • Short-term visiting scholar, 22 thousand RMB per month, plus 15 thousand RMB for an international roundtrip

Important dates,

  • Start date, March 25, 2013
  • Due date, April 12, 2013

The doc file, including the recommendation form in Chinese and the application form in English, is attached for reference.

recomm_appli_forms_chs_en (Word, 28KB)