Funded PhD positions at Fudan University, China 2017-2020

Funded PhD positions at Fudan University, China 2017-2020




Deadline: February 19th 2017


Prof. Marie Harder (MKH) is a China National Thousand Talents professor at Fudan University, one of the top 5 universities in China and an affiliated member of the UK Tyndall Centre. She is welcoming non-Chinese nationals with excellent English writing and speaking ability to apply for PhD positions in China, which are eligible for the China government scholarships which cover all costs and fees (except flights) for 3-5 years of study. However, many documents will need to be prepared and submitted by the deadline of February 19th, 2017: only determined people should apply.


Students can directly approach faculty who are certified as PhD supervisors (see Faculty) and follow the normal application process, but Prof Harder is also personally coordinating the recruitment of students, with assistance of Prof. Wang Yutao to be co-supervised by herself and another professor, or herself plus a junior faculty member, across a range of topics:


(with Dr. Liu, PingYang)

Values-based approaches to environmental valuation

Shared values (many sub-topics possible)

Models of participation for common pool resource management

Oral history studies of Chinese water towns: changing human-water, human-land, and individual-community connections.

Development of Community Supported Agriculture, natural farming and organic farming (China focus)

Community mechanisms and collective action for common pool resource management (China focus)

Rural community restoration in the context of rapid urbanization


(with Dr. Jiang, Ping)

Environmental sustainable development with co-benefits approach
Low carbon sustainability: climate change, environmental management, energy saving technologies and social behaviour.
Low carbon management systems for low carbon communities


(with Prof. Wang YuTao)

Industrial ecology,

environmental management and policy,

natural capital and management,

circular economy


(with Dr. Huang, Wenfang)

Waste management: public policy and implementation for cities

Value chains in domestic waste

Incentives for behaviour change for residential waste

(with Dr. Zhang, Yi)

Treatment of toxic and recalcitrant industrial wastewaters

Aerobic granular sludge process

Value-added products from waste materials


(to be led by Prof. Wang, XiangRong)

Urban Eco-Planning & Design

Complex urban systems

Urban Environmental Studies


(to be led by Prof. Ma, Weichun)

Environmental Modelling,

Geographical Information Systems,

Strategic Environmental Assessment 


(With Dr. He Jia and input from Prof. Bao, Cunkuan)

Strategic Environmental Assessment (focus on China)

Public participation in environmental planning (focus on China)

Theory and Mode of Collaborative Strategic Environmental AssessmentCo-SEA


(With Dr. Yang Xiaoying)

Strategic Environment watershed pollution control

climate change and water security

water system modelling


(led by Prof. Harder, MK)

(the following topics require very independent candidates as supervision overlap time will be less than usual. See value/ for more details)

Values-based approaches for organisational change

Design thinking for sustainable development

Community-based development

Models of public participation in development

Theories underpinning the values-based approach of WeValue

Formal Mixed Methods in WeValue approaches

The use of values-based approaches for impact and legacy evaluation

Information for prospective international Ph.D. Students

This document is intended to provide extra facilitation to candidates for PhD programs in Department of Environmental Science and Engineering. Formal information is given in the links provided.

 Degree Programmes:

ž   Full-Time English-taught Ph.D. Programmes in Environmental Science

ž   Full-Time English-taught Ph.D. Programmes in Environmental Engineering

ž   Full-Time Ph.D. Programmes in Environmental Management (Only Chinese programme is available currently, English programme available soon. Applicants can apply via one of the others above and then transfer after 6 months. Please specify PROF HARDER as intended supervisor in that case.)

 Requirements for Applying to Ph.D. Programmes (English)

Applicants should have obtained a master degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering or other related research areas.


If you are thinking of applying for one of the co-supervised topics listed above and coordinated by Prof HARDER, then please contact her assistant after you have read all the information in all the links in this document, stating which topics you are interested in and including a resume or CV:


 Elijah will relay feedback from Prof. Harder, and guide those shortlisted through the application process, including a skype or telephone preliminary interview to assess English fluency. YOUR APPLICATION for the co-supervised topics IS UNLIKELY TO BE CONSIDERED BY PROF. HARDER IF IT ARRIVES AT FUDAN WITHOUT YOU HAVING TAKEN THIS STEP.

 All formal applications to our Ph.D. programmes are done through the International Students Office online application system. .cn/

 ž   For information about the admissions process pertaining to international students, please see the admissions page of International Students Office .htm

ž   For basic questions about the application process, please see the International Students Office FAQ nloads/Q&A.pdf


Scholarship Application

Applicants Interested in Chinese or Shanghai Government Scholarship should follow the procedure shown in the document links below: we recommend you read and follow them very carefully.

 Chinese Government Scholarship ads/zgzxjxj_en20161128.pdf

 Shanghai Government Scholarship ads/shjxj_en20161128.pdf


Training Plan

Ph.D. students are expected by the University to complete their study in the programme in three years, but can take up to five. Funding agencies may have other restrictions.


Ph.D. students should finish at least 19 credits from the curriculum offered, and meet different kinds of course requirements. The average grades (GPA) should meet the requirement of Fudan University.

Professional basic courses        at least 9 credits

Professional elective courses      at least 4 credits

English language               at least 4 credits

Chinese language               at least 2 credits


Further Useful Notes from Prof. Harder:

·         Housing: students who accept offers of admission have a chance to apply for housing. To do so, please visit ISO E-booking page.

·         Families are not allowed in the University-provided accommodation at the International Students Dormitory. Admitted students with family will need to rent an apartment outside the campus at high, commercial rates.

·         Making the online payment for the application fee can be challenging, and we recommend this is done as early as possible to deal with unexpected difficulties that might arise with banks or brokers.

·         Visa Questions: visa questions should be directed to the International Students Office. Visas for other family members may not be possible.


E Odii & MK Harder Jan 201

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