The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) welcomes applications from students to study for a PhD in Chinese Studies by research.

As The University of Melbourne's hub for Chinese Studies, the Centre provides students with an interdisciplinary, collaborative and rigorous research environment in which to pursue their interests. Addressing the challenges and opportunities of the Asian Century necessitates closer understanding of and partnership with China on a number of fronts. Understanding contemporary China is part of defining the contours of economic cooperation, such as through trade and investment and taxes; political collaboration such as effective diplomacy and sustainable security; and social connection through building peer-to-peer linkages and addressing shared social challenges such as an ageing population.

The Centre welcomes enquiries from graduate students with the requisite analytical skills in the social sciences who wish to pursue PhD thesis topics on contemporary China’s economy, politics, society and environment. Our team of early career and established researchers can supervise students on topics including economic development, public finance, public administration, governance, trade and security, social policy (health, education, housing), urbanisation (land use, zoning, rural-to-urban migration), agricultural development, environmental management and other topics.

Initial enquiries should be directed to

The table below lists students currently undertaking PhD studies with the Centre and the title of their theses.

Zengji REN Literacy and School Libraries in Tibet: The Contradictions of Policy and PracticeProfessor Christine Wong
Randong YUAN Exploring options for Social Security Reform in China: A Quantitative Simulation approach with Subnational ModellingProfessor Christine Wong
Zhenjie (Jack) YUAN Multicultural encounters and power reconstruction in China's dislocated boarding schools: case studies of Xinjiang Neidi ClassProfessor Christine Wong
Lei YULei Yu State-Market dynamics in China's Affordable Housing provisionProfessor Christine Wong
Xiao (Monica) TANXiao (Monica) TanTowards enhanced primary care system in China: Redefining the Governments roleProfessor Christine Wong
Tianru GUAN How do the different framings of Senkaku/Diaoyu islands territorial disputes in Chinese broadsheets reflect China's policy towards JapanDr Sow Keat Tok
Ted LIU As assertive China in the Middle East to North Africa: more autonomy for the Arab States?Dr Sow Keat Tok
Tianyang LIUTianyang LIU The Politics of the Self: Regulatory Representation of Terrorism in the Xinjiang RegionDr Sow Keat Tok
Taotao ZHAO Design versus implementation: the central-local policy gap in China's ethnic minority policyDr Sow Keat Tok
Yao SONG Theoretical Analysis on the Drivers of China's Central Asia Policy from 2001 to the presentDr Sow Keat Tok


Applicants should also consider Australian Postgraduate Awards and other scholarship opportunities at the university while applying for the Oriental Studies Trust Fund.

Oriental Studies Trust Fund

The Oriental Studies Trust Fund - Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies Scholarship is a living allowance to be awarded annually to students who have applied for admission to or are currently enrolled in a PhD degree at The University of Melbourne on a topic related to public policy, economics and society related to Chinese public policy.

Applications for this scholarship are not currently open.

For more information please email China Centre.

Taiwan Ministry of Education APEC Scholarship

The Ministry of Education in Taiwan is partnering with universities to offer a scholarship to students of the member economies of APEC for a PhD candidate or postdoctoral research fellow.

For more information please see the

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) scholarship flyer

Further details are available on the APEC Education Portal.
Enquiries should be emailed to