UK-China Research Innovation Partnership Fund

Are you a UK PhD student that wants to study in China?

PhD Placements offers grants to sponsor PhD students and their supervisors from the UK and China to spend a period of study of between three and 12 months (for PhD students) and up to three months (for supervisors) at higher education institutions in China. Placements must start between January and December 2016.

Following requests from prospective applicants, the deadline to submit applications for the UK-China Joint Research and Innovation Partnership Fund(Newton Fund) PhD placement programme has been extended for UK applicants until 24 October 2015.

The deadline is now 23:59 pm GMT on 24 October 2015. PhD students who intend to apply for the programme are kindly requested to complete their application according to the instructions in the attached Call Guidelines

UK applicants should complete an online application form at and send it, along with the required supporting documents, to by the extended deadline. Any enquiries can also be sent to this email address.

Please refer to the ‘Call Guidelines (for UK applicants)’ for a detailed introduction to the programme and application process, including a list of the required supporting documents, the evaluation criteria, and funding arrangements.

The British Council China offers support to help UK PhD students look for Chinese host universities where there is a clear research interest. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at the email address above.

Please note, the extended deadline applies to UK applicants only.

What is the Newton Fund?

The UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund, worth £200 million over 5 years, is led by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills in the UK and the Ministry of Science and Technology in China. This forms part of the global Newton Fund that, through mutual science and innovation partnerships, promotes sustainable economic development and social welfare in developing countries. The Newton Fund is delivered through 15 delivery partners in collaboration with 15 partnering countries.  For more information visit:

New Newton fellowship schemes launched

The Academy of Medical Sciences is launching two new fellowship schemes for international researchers as part of the Government’s Newton Fund, which is part of the UK’s official development assistance. Working with the other National Academies they will offer Newton International and Newton Advanced Fellowships to non-UK scientists working in patient-oriented research over the next five years.

  • Newton International Fellowships will provide early career post-doctoral researchers the chance to benefit from an extended period at a host university or research institution in the UK – for up to two years.
  • Newton Advanced Fellowships will support early to mid-career researchers, who have already established (or are well advanced in the process of establishing) a research group or research network and have a research track record, for up to three years. The focus will be on developing their research strengths through collaboration and providing support for more formalised training and development, including short visits to the UK.

The Academy of Medical Sciences is pleased to be collaborating closely with the Royal Society to deliver these two schemes.

In the first call under these schemes, applications for the Newton Advanced Fellowship scheme are invited from researchers in China, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 22 October at 5pm (UK time). Another call for Newton International Fellowships will open in early 2015 and the Academy is working to include opportunities for researchers in additional countries in future calls for both schemes. Continue reading