Application Guide for Doctoral Degree Program (2024 Intake)
Study Duration：4 years
l for CGS High-level Postgraduate Scholarship: February 28, 2024
l for other CGS & SGS Scholarships: April 15, 2024
l for self-funded study: June 15, 2024
1. Be a non-Chinese citizen; be physically and mentally healthy.
2. Having a certain financial capability; no criminal record.
3. Age requirement：
ü Scholarship applicants: no more than the age of 40
ü Self-funded applicants: no more than the age of 45
4. Educational Background: have earned a master's degree or its international equivalent.
5. Language Proficiency:
ü For English-taught programs: the applicant's English proficiency should be equivalent to at least IELTS Academic 6.0, or TOEFL IBT 80.
Apply online for studying at DHU https://admissions.dhu.edu.cn
Fill out the online application blanks step by step and upload the following application materials
I. All uploaded electronic documents must be scanned pieces of the original. Except for the ID photo, colored scan in PDF format of the documents is recommended.
II. Original documents not in the language of Chinese or English must be translated into Chinese or English, then be notarized, and uploaded together with the original ones.
III. Photos of the artwork must be uploaded.
IV. Please be sure to complete online application and application fee payment before the application deadline. In any case, the application materials and application fee will not be returned.
1．Passport (and visa) page
l A clear copy of your valid passport with your name, photo, date of birth, place of birth, date of issue and date of expiry. The passport should have at least 6-month validity.
l All visa pages are required if you have been to or if you are currently in China.
l A description of grading scales along with the transcript sheets is highly recommended to be submitted.
l If you are currently in the final year, you can submit a pending certificate, along with transcripts of all grades/semesters you completed. Once you receive the official graduate/school leaving certificate and the final transcripts, please submit them timely.
* If admitted, the original documents should be provided and verified on enrollment day.
- HSK Certificate can be exempted if the entire curriculum during the master's degree period was taught in Chinese. In this case, an official letter attesting to the Chinese taught curriculum with the seal and/or signature issued by the university/academic institution has to be provided.
- An HSKK intermediate level certificate (at least 60 score) is recommended to be submitted.
Applicants who have only the Certificate of HSK 3, HSK 4, or HSK 5 (less than 180 scores) can submit the application. Those whose actual Chinese proficiency has not reached the level of doctoral degree study can learn Chinese language at Donghua University.
* Applicants at the status of ‘Under Review’ are required to attend a language test on the designated date.
l English-taught programs: Certificate of IELTS Academic at least 6.0, or TOEFL IBT at least 80
- IELTS or TOEFL Certificate can be exempted if the entire curriculum of the master's degree period was taught in English. In this case, an official letter attesting to the English taught curriculum with the seal and/or signature issued by the university/academic institution has to be provided.
* All language credential submitted for application has to be obtained within the recent two years. If admitted, the original documents should be provided and verified on enrollment day.
4. Curriculum vitae
l Written in the teaching language of the program you apply for, including your personal information, contact details, academic history, professional experience, publications and presentations, qualifications and skills, awards and honors, grants and scholarships, licenses and certificates, etc.
l Gap between each experience should not exceed three months.
5. Research proposal
l A research proposal in the essay format written in the teaching language of the program you apply for.
l One to two pages to articulate coherently and concisely an outline of your research topic and why this research is important. Put your research proposal into context with published literature, and develop an initial research plan.
l Do use the template cover provided by the university with the signature of the supervisor.
6. Two recommendation letters
l Written in English or Chinese by two people who know your competencies, personal character and accomplishments, include their names, signatures and contact details (especially email address).
l At least one letter should be from a past or current professor or academic adviser. Another could be from someone in a slightly different role, including an employer, a research adviser, a senior colleague, or a professor from a different department.
7. Supervision Intention Letter (SIL)
Click to know more: https://english.dhu.edu.cn/2020/0130/c20557a307680/page.htm
An applicant shall submit a valid Certificate of Non-Criminal Record (or Police Clearance Certificate) issued by the local public security authority (such as the police station), usually issued within six months prior to the submission date of the application.
9. Statement of Financial Support
Download from https://english.dhu.edu.cn/brochures/list.htm, fill the blanks and sign by the applicant and the sponsor. Even for the application of study with the entrance scholarships, the applicant must find the sponsor to fill and sign to ensure that the applicant can bear any other expenses beyond the scope of scholarship funding.
Other supplementary documents
Any documents that might enhance your competitiveness, such as published papers, award letters, etc.
l CGS and/or SGS application form with your handwritten signature. Make the online application at CGS system https://www.campuschina.org/, and/or SGS system http://study.edu.sh.gov.cn/en/ first, then download the application form and sign.
l Foreigner Physical Examination Form and relevant check result pages. An applicant to study in China for more than six months shall submit a photocopy of the Foreigner Physical Examination Form (the original document, printed by Chinese quarantine authorities, shall be filled in in English and kept by the applicant, download from https://english.dhu.edu.cn/brochures/list.htm). The medical examinations must cover all the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, the official stamp of the hospital, or a sealed photograph of the applicant are invalid. Medical examination results are valid for only six months, so please arrange a health check at the local hospital within six months prior to the submission date of the application.
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