Ph.D. programs

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The following are general requirements you should meet to apply for the SJTU International Graduate Program.

        Non-Chinese citizen.

        Not registered in SJTU at the degree level aiming to apply for.

        Good health both physically and mentally.

        Outstanding academic performance and potential.

        Bachelor degree or equivalent for master program applicants. The degree must be ready prior to the registration day.

        Master degree or equivalent for doctoral program applicants. The degree must be ready prior to the registration day.

        Demonstrated proficiency in Chinese and/or English, for details please refer to Language Requirement for SJTU International Graduate Programs.



Oct 1, 2019: 2020 application opens

Dec 15, 2019: Deadline for 1st Round scholarship application

Mar 31, 2020: Deadline for 2nd Round scholarship application

May 31, 2020: Deadline for self-supported application

Sep 5, 2020: Enrolment


Step 1: Complete the Online Application

Complete and submit an online application at Study@SJTU (, by the application deadline.

Step 2: Pay the Application Fee

The application fee is RMB 800 (approx. USD 120), non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment must be made using RMB or USD. You can choose online payment or bank transfer in the online application system.



        Degree certificates: Must be the scanned file of your original certificates. Students who have not graduated by the time of application are required to provide an official letter from their current university stating the expected graduation date.

        Transcripts: Must be the scanned copy of your original transcripts.

        Language proficiency certificate and score report.

        A scanned copy of your passport.

        Passport-size photo.

        Personal statement and study plan.

        Information of two recommenders, who should be associate professors or scholars with higher academic titles and know the candidate well enough to provide reliable evaluations.

        Note: If your documents are not in English or Chinese, please have them translated into either English or Chinese by an authorized translation agency. After this please upload both the translated and original documents onto our application system.





        RMB 45,500/Year for Doctoral programs (Approx. USD 6,600/Year)

        On-campus housing: RMB 50-160/Day (Approx. USD 8-25/Day)



Basically, for incoming international graduate students, there are two channels for scholarship application: through Shanghai Jiao Tong University or through Chinese Embassies/Consulates in the home country. Applicants may choose only one application channel. Replicated applications through more than one channel is not allowed.

How to Apply?

1. Apply for scholarships through SJTU

SJTU provides different types of scholarships to international graduate students as the following:

  • SJTU provides different types of scholarships to international graduate students as the following:




Coverage (RMB)


Doctoral Program


4 Years

Monthly stipend (5,000/Month)

Tuition (45,500/Year)

Health insurance

Accommodation allowance (1,500/Month)



4 Years

Monthly stipend (4,000/Month)

Tuition (45,500/Year)

Health insurance

Accommodation allowance (1,500/Month)




4 Years

Monthly stipend (2,500/Month)

Tuition (45,500/Year)

Health insurance

Accommodation allowance (1,500/Month)


Masters Program




Monthly stipend (3,000/Month)

Tuition (28,900/Year)

Health insurance

Accommodation allowance (1,200/Month)





Monthly stipend (1,700/Month)

Tuition (28,900/Year)

Health insurance

Accommodation allowance (1,200/Month)





Tuition (28,900/Year)

Health insurance


 When applying at applicants should choose “apply for scholarship through SJTU”and follow the steps online. Applicants should complete the scholarship application procedures in time according to the requirements of the university.

The earlier an applicant completes the application, the sooner he/she receives an offer of admission and scholarships if the review result from the university is positive. Applicants can check the scholarships result through the application system.  The formal offer of scholarships will be sent along with the formal admission letter.

2. Apply for scholarships through Chinese Embassies/Consulates in the home country

Applicants may also apply to the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in the home country for scholarship opportunities. The application schedule varies from country to country (usually from November to April).

Please consult the Chinese Embassy/Consulate about its application schedule, eligibility, requirements, procedures, documents, agency number, program category type and so on in advance.

For the contact information of Chinese Embassies/Consulates, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples Republic of China at


Important Notes:

In general, scholarships duration cannot be extended.

For international students admitted in the special graduate programs with university scholarships (Doctoral Program type III/Master Program typeⅡ/Master Program type III) in Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Antai College of Economics & Management and USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry, China-UK Low Carbon College, the scholarship will only cover the university’s standard tuition of 28,900RMB/Year for master’s programs ), and students will have to pay the rest of the tuition of these programs.

Graduate students in SJTU can also apply for certain TA or RA positions on campus.

All scholarship recipients are obliged to participate in the annual scholarship review in April and/or May which will confirm their scholarship status in the next academic year.



Tel: +86-21-34208238

Contacts: Dawei YANG

Application Website:


International Affairs Office, Graduate School, 

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Room 331, Chen Ruiqiu Building, 

No. 800 Dongchuan Rd., Shanghai 200240, China


1. The organization code of SJTU is 10248

2. The GRE Designated Institution Code of SJTU is 2129.

3. The TOEFL Designated Institution Code of SJTU is B902.

4. Information on Insurance

According to the regulations of the Ministry of Education, Peoples Republic of China, all international students who will stay in China for more than 6 months are required to purchase the Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Protection Scheme for Foreigners Staying in China. The insurance is one of the required documents for on-site registration, and insurances issued by other agencies are not recognized.

For details on this insurance, please refer to





Doctoral students graduated from SLSB should be processed of steady theoretical basis of molecular biology, biochemistry and other related fields with practiced experimental skills and fluent oral English.  Doctoral students should be able to design and finish scientific projects, and launch academic research independently.

Educational System and Credits

For full-time doctor students, the study period is four years. The total credits should not be less than 16.

Qualification Examination

The qualification examination for doctoral students should be done at the end of the third semester, before dissertation launched. As a necessary procedure for the thesis proposal, it must be done before the proposal. It includes both exams and interviews.

Thesis Proposal

After successfully passed the thesis proposal, students can do the thesis proposal. It should include the scientific basis, purpose, contents of study, expected goals, research methods, conditions of projects, etc. Three to five experts in related fields are present to assess the thesis proposal.

Annual Review for Doctoral Student

After the thesis proposal, there is an annual review for every student to examine their research progress.


Academic papers published by journals of SCI are necessary before students apply for degree dissertation. PhD degree applicant must be the first author of academic papers and the first author affiliation should be Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The impact factor should be more than 3 for a single paper or more than 4 for the cumulative amount of papers.


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