The Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO) Scholarship for Young Talents 2024 Call for Applications

Part I: Introduction 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 (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 of ANSO, 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.

[NOTE]·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 ProcedureThe 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:

Ms. Menglin HU (Master’s Program)ANSO Scholarship UCAS Office University of Chinese Academy of Sciences 80 Zhongguancun East Road, Beijing, 100190, ChinaTel: +86 10 82672900Fax: +86 10 82672900Email: 

Scholarship Management:

3) ANSO and CASMs. Zhongxiu WANGANSO SecretariatNo. 16 Lincui Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R. ChinaTel : +86 10 8409 7121Email :

4) TWASMs. Cristina Ballaben SIMOESPhD and postdoctoral fellowshipsICTP Enrico Fermi Building, Room T6Phone: +39 040 2240 314E-mail:

Part VI: Information of Relevant Parties

ANSO is a non-profit and non-governmental international scientific organization founded in 2018 by 37 international science and education institutions from around the world. ANSO is committed to promoting shared sustainable development and the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through catalyzing and implementing concrete international cooperative initiatives in Science, Technology, Innovation and Capacity Building (STIC). It is envisaged that ANSO will focus on the most urgent regional and global challenges through STIC. This focus includes supporting scientific capacity building and the needs, particularly of the Global South, through partnerships and cooperation with the member countries and institutions. ANSO will also promote collaborations across the scientific and technological communities of the world to ensure that the benefits of the BRI are widely shared. There will be open access to scientific facilities and information among participants in ANSO. The grooming and empowerment of young scientists will be a particular focus of ANSO. The ANSO Scholarship is one of the main approaches to achieving this goal.   More about ANSO:

CAS is a national academic institution in China consisting of a comprehensive research and development network, a merit-based learned society and a system of higher education, focusing on natural sciences, technological sciences and high-tech innovation in China. It has 12 branches, 2 universities and more than 100 institutes with around 60,000 staff and 50,000 postgraduate students. It hosts 89 national key labs, 172 CAS key labs, 30 national engineering research centers and about 1,000 field stations throughout China. As a merit-based society, it has five academic divisions. CAS is dedicated to addressing fundamental, strategic and farsighted challenges related to the overall and long-term development of China. CAS is the leading founding member of ANSO. More about CAS:

UNESCO-TWAS: The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (UNESCO-TWAS) works to advance sustainable prosperity in the global South by supporting and promoting scientific excellence in various fashions: funding research projects, providing education and training, fostering science policy, and contributing to increasing the relevance of science diplomacy. The Academy was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world under the leadership of Pakistani physicist and Nobel Prize winner Abdus Salam, and is based in Trieste, Italy. Today, TWAS counts 1,296 elected Fellows—some of the world’s most accomplished scientists—representing more than 100 countries; 11 of them are Nobel laureates. TWAS receives core funding from the Government of Italy, and essential programmatic funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) administers TWAS funds and personnel. Both TWAS and UNESCO are founding members of ANSO.  More about UNESCO-TWAS:

USTC is the first university established by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1958. It is a comprehensive university including science, engineering, management and humanity science, oriented to frontier science and high technology. USTC took the lead in launching Graduate School, the School of Gifted Young, large national scientific projects, etc. It is now a prominent Chinese university and enjoys high reputation worldwide, and therefore is a member of the China 9 Consortium consisting of the top 9 universities in China ( USTC is one of the most important innovation centers in China, and is regarded as “the Cradle of Scientific Elites”. USTC provides both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. There are 20 faculties, 31 departments, graduate schools, and Suzhou Institute, Shanghai Institute, Beijing Institute, Institute of Advanced Technology, and the First Affiliated Hospital of USTC. According to the world acclaimed university rankings as QS, THE, US News, and ARWU, USTC has always been ranked among the best universities in China (from 5th to 3rd), and around 100th in the world. USTC is responsible for the enrollment and management of the master’s and doctoral candidates of the ANSO Scholarship Program admitted by USTC. Read more about USTC:
UCAS, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) is an innovative university that integrates scientific research and education, focuses mainly on graduate education, and features outstanding undergraduate education. Its predecessor was the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences established in 1978. Being the largest graduate education institution in China, UCAS has over 50,000 ongoing students, and more than half of them are doctoral students. With strong support from CAS institutes all over China, UCAS espouses the philosophy of “The Fusion of Scientific Research and Teaching” as its basic system of education. UCAS is authorized to confer all masters’ and doctorate degrees in the scientific disciplines, as well as 90% of all degrees in the engineering disciplines. UCAS ranked 5th globally among the leading research institutions in the list released in June 2023 by Nature Index. According to the Global University Ranking by Essential Science Indicator (ESI) in May 2023, UCAS ranked No. 1 in China and No. 27 worldwide. As a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), UCAS has established close ties with over 100 world-renowned universities. Based on CAS overseas institutions, UCAS is building overseas joint centers for education and research to improve the capacity for technology innovation of B&R countries. UCAS is responsible for the enrollment and management of the master’s and doctoral candidates of the ANSO Scholarship Program admitted by UCAS. Read more about UCAS:
Results of the 2023 ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents

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