CAB-CAU-IRRI Joint Doctorial Program in Rice Genetics and Breeding

College of Agronomy and Biotechnology (CAB) is a research-intensive College of China Agricultural University (CAU). It is one of the strongest teaching and research centers for fundamental and applied crop science in China with centuries-old development history and foundation. CAB has a faculty team of 44 full professors and 37 associate professors. The current student enrollment in CAB is over 1100, including 500 undergraduate students and 600 graduate students,including the domestic and international students. 

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 15 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and more than 1,000 staff. Since 1962, about 130,000 students, researchers, farmers, and extension professionals, among others, received some form of training from IRRI and its partner. Within this total number, more than 2,000 scholars conducted research at the institute while pursuing their MS and PhD degrees. Alumni of IRRI's educational initiatives include some of the world's leading rice scientists as well as high-level NARES and agriculture ministry officials.

  • The CAB-CAU-IRRI Joint Doctoral Program was developed as part of the International Graduate Programs of CAU. It aims to build the next generation of rice geneticists and breeders, and provides research training in a manner that fosters the development of independent research skills of the candidates. These skills include the capacity to formulate a significant problem, to develop mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological skills, and to relate the research topic to a broader framework of knowledge in the relevant disciplinary area. The PhD students graduated from this project will be capable of pursuing scholarly and programmatic research. Scholars under this program are expected to take all required courses in CAB, China, while their research projects will be conducted in IRRI and CAB.

    Doctoral Degree Requirements

    1. Completion of a doctoral graduate course program determined by the CAB and the candidate's supervisors
      • This course program provides the candidate with basic Chinese language skills training; increase their knowledge of China; overview of recent advances in crop sciences and biotechnology; and statistical skills for designing experiments and analyzing experimental data.
    2. Completion of an original research project and dissertation presentation.
      • The dissertation provides evidence of a contribution to knowledge with a level of originality consistent with 3-4 years of full-time study and research training.

    All qualifying candidates will be supported by scholarships provided by the Chinese Government Scholarship Council (CSC).

  • This is a full scholarship which covers:

    • tuition waiver;
    • accommodation;
    • stipend;
    • medical insurance; and
    • roundtrip airfare

    Please refer to Introduction to CGS—Coverage and Standard for the details of each item.

  • To be eligible, applicants must:

    • be a citizen of a country other than the People’s Republic of China;
    • have a master’s degree in Plant Breeding, Genetics or related area;
    • be under the age of 35; and
    • be in good health.

    This program generally does not support registered students who are currently studying in China.

  • To be eligible, applicants must:

    1. Complete the application form found in the website of China Scholarship Council (CSC) Please note that candidates need to register to fill-in, submit and print the Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship. If changes were made, candidates must submit and print the form again.
      • In completing the application, please fill in the correct Program Category and Agency Number. For the CAB-CAU-IRRI Joint Doctoral Program, please use the following:
      • Type: Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship, Agency No.: 10019
    2. Completed application forms printed in duplicate copies, together with the required application documents (listed below:List of Application Documents) must be sent by mail to CAU International Students Office BEFORE MARCH 31.

    List of Application Documents

    1. Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship (in DUPLICATE)
    2. CAU Application Form for International Students (Apply on
    3. Two recommendation letters
      • Submit two original signed recommendation letters from two professors or associate professors (in Chinese or English).
    4. Personal Statement
    5. Original and two photocopies of highest diploma and academic transcripts
      • Important notes: Please submit original copies or notarized photocopies of masters’ degree transcripts, masters’ degree certificate (Chinese or English) and abstract of masters’ dissertation in Chinese.
      • Applicants who will graduate must submit Expectation Certificate of Graduation. After admission in the program, the documents listed above must be submitted before registration in CAU. Failure to do so would result to cancellation of scholarship and university admission.
      • Applicants who have work experiences need to submit the original working certificate.
    6. HSK Report or other Chinese Language Certificate copy (if available)
    7. A study or research plan written in English (no less than 800 words)
    8. Photocopy of the first page of passport (valid and ordinary passport)

    All applicants may check the application process by logging in CSC or CAU. Phone inquiries will not be accepted. A detailed checklist maybe downloaded from 5, under Application Documents. Complete application documents must be received by mail BEFORE MARCH 31.


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