CSC-Leiden University Joint PhD Scholarship Programme for Chinese Students in Netherlands, 2019
Doctors, teachers, and complete strangers from across the Bay Area, California,U.S, are rallying behind Atsade Nigese from Ethiopia, who survived a brutal act of domestic violence when her husband poured acid all over her face and body.
Speaking through her friend who served as an interpreter, Nigese says her husband, who was a federal police officer in Ethiopia, regularly beat her and broke her teeth.
But one night, a year ago, after she told him she wanted a divorce, she said he threw acid on her.
Nigese is now blind with scarred skin. Her body is disfigured and even her own son initially rejected her, saying he knew her by her voice but could not identify anything else about her.
Menbere Aklilu of Richmond said she wanted to help. Two years ago, she helped another Ethiopian woman, who had also been burned by acid, something she said her ex-fiance had thrown on her.
Because of that experience Akilu, who also survived an abusive relationship, knew how to get Nigese a visa. And she flew to Ethiopia to retrieve Nigese and invited her to live with her and get some medical help. Akilu said she’d love it if Nigese could one day see again.
“I want her to get her vision, that’s my dream,” Aklilu said.
For nearly seven months, Nigese has been living with Aklilu. The two women, both from Ethiopia, share another special bond, one they don’t wish on anyone else. Both have survived domestic abuse.
“I see myself through her,” Akilu said. “I’m lucky I run from him. So today I have the ability to help others.”
In her short time living in the Bay Area, Nigese is slowly learning to become independent once again. She’s learned to get around using a cane. Three hours a day, five days a week, Nigese learns Braille and English, with volunteers at her side.
On top of that, doctors from the University of California at San Francisco are donating their time and talents to reconstruct her ears, eyelids nose and mouth.
The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is inviting applications for joint scholarship programme to students who want to do PhD research at Leiden University, either full-time or as a visiting researcher. Scholarships are available for Chinese students.
Leiden University is an internationally operating research-driven university with a wide range of academic disciplines and degree programmes. It aims for excellence in all its research and teaching.
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Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.
- Applications Deadline: Leiden University deadline: February 22, 2019 (Science faculty) and March 1, 2019 (all other faculties) / CSC deadline: between 10 and March 31, 2019.
- Course Level: Scholarships are available to students who want to do PhD research at Leiden University, either full-time or as a visiting researcher.
- Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in the fields of Archaeology, Humanities, Medicine/LUMC, Governance and Global Affairs, Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Science, Interfacultair Centrum voor Lerarenopleiding, Onderwijsontwikkeling en Nascholing (ICLON), African Studies Centre, International Institute for Asian Studies
- Scholarship Award: The scholarship includes:
- Exemption from registration fee and tuition/bench fee
- Living allowance of € 1,200 per month (including health insurance)
- Return ticket (to/from The Netherlands)
- Nationality: Scholarships are available for Chinese students.
- Number of Scholarships: Numbers not given
- Scholarship can be taken in the Netherlands
Eligibility for the Scholarship
Eligible Countries: Scholarships are available for Chinese students.
Entrance Requirements: Applicants must:
- Be citizens of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application.
- Have a Master’s degree.
- Be under the age of 35.
- Meet the academic entry requirements of the relevant graduate school.
- Have a high level of English language proficiency.
See the graduate school website for required language test scores.
- Have a letter of acceptance for a PhD programme at Leiden University.
- Satisfy the CSC selection criteria by completing the CSC Application Form and the CSC Employer Reference Form.
English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.
How to Apply:
- Find a PhD position and supervisor at Leiden University.
Visit the website of the relevant graduate school for details of how to do so.
- Once you have found a PhD position and supervisor, apply for admission to a PhD programme at the graduate school in question.
- After admission, ask your supervisor to write an acceptance letter using one of the formats below. The letter must be signed and written on university letterhead paper:
- Acceptance letter format full PhD study (48 months)
- Acceptance letter format visiting PhD researcher (6-12 months)
- Science faculty candidates only: Your PhD supervisor (promotor) must send a copy of your acceptance letter to the Graduate School of Science (gsoffice-at-science.leidenuniv.nl) by 22 February 2019.
Candidates for all other faculties: Your PhD supervisor (promotor) must send a copy of your acceptance letter to the Scholarships Team (scholarships-at-sea.leidenuniv.nl) by 1 March 2019.
- Between 10 March and 31 March 2019: Apply for the CSC-LU scholarship via the CSC website. You must include your letter of acceptance, a copy of your supervisor’s CV and a research proposal in the application.