Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) is a public university, founded in the lush hills of Nanshan District, Shenzhen. It is working towards becoming a world-class university excelling in interdisciplinary research, nurturing innovative talents and delivering new knowledge to the world.

UQ has established a collaborative PhD arrangement with SUSTech where candidates are jointly supervised by UQ and SUSTech staff, undertaking periods of research at both institutions, and graduating with a UQ degree.

About the scheme

In order to recruit to this programme, we are seeking research project proposals from sets of UQ/SUSTech faculty who have a collaborative connection. You can find a list of all SUSTech departments on their English website here. 

Decisions regarding which proposals to advertise will be made jointly by UQ and SUSTech.  We will look for strength of proposal, and likelihood of attracting the highest calibre of students.

The format of the program is fixed, where students will spend only the first two years at UQ, and the following 2 years at SUSTech. This is unfortunately not flexible in its arrangement due to visa conditions. Please consider this when structuring your projects. You should also plan for how you will communicate with and supervise the candidate during their time at SUSTech.


Key contacts

Professor Stephan Riek

Deputy Dean

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Funding & timeline

Students will receive a stipend from UQ at the UQ rate for the 2 years they study in Australia, they will receive a stipend from SUSTech at the SUSTech rate for the 2 years they are there. All candidates will receive a UQ Tuition scholarship for up to 4 years.

The second cohort will begin their program in RQ4 2019. This should hopefully allow time for recruitment, selection and visas, with visas for Chinese nationals taking approximately 6+ months at this time.

Timeline Guide:

  • 19 August 2019 – Call for projects.
  • 22 September 2019 - Project call closes
  • 6 October 2019 - Advertise projects to prospective SUSTech applicants.
  • November / December – UQ Advisors and their SUSTECH collaborator should field enquiries, conduct interviews and progress applications.  
  • December 2019 - SUSTech applicants apply in the UQ application system.
  • Early January – UQ receives a final list of which students will be supported under the scheme.
  • Early - mid January – Advisors notified whether the candidate they have been liaising with is being supported by SUSTech. Advisors have two weeks to confirm they want the candidate, finalise any further interviews required, and complete the School Recommendation Form.
  • End February - March – Offers of successful applicants sent. 


Submit a project

Submit your proposal online by Sunday, 22 September 2019.

Submit a project online


PhD student testimonial

There were several joint PhD programs between SUSTech and other top universities including UQ. My SUSTech supervisor has a strong collaboration with Chemical Engineering at UQ. In addition, UQ is famous for its engineering, which could definitely be a good choice for me.

Since last October, I have been staying in UQ for PhD. I find my supervisor nice and patient. Although he is always busy with his research programs, he often spent time discussing with me about my work and give many suggestions. With his help, I have been much more familiar with scientific research, and the project is undergoing well. 

As for UQ, I feel very fortunate to study here. It has beautiful campus with friendly students and staffs. I like libraries and those studying places most. They do provide excellent environments for studying. In the campus, I also use the experiment equipment and other services very often, and I found staffs enthusiastic and patient.

Yunhui Hua

SUSTech student
Yunhui Hua at Brisbane's New Farm Park