The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) welcomes applications from students wishing to study for a Doctor of Philosophy – Arts (Phd) in Chinese Studies by research

Study with us

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

More information on the Doctor of Philosophy – Arts

Please note: The table in the accordion below lists students currently undertaking PhD studies with the Centre and the title of their theses.

  • Students currently undertaking PhD studies with the Centre
    Randong Yuan  Exploring options for Social Security Reform in China: A Quantitative Simulation approach with Subnational Modelling Professor Christine Wong
    Zhenjie Yuan  Spatiality, education and subjectivity: prescription, negotiation and the spatial politics of interethnic interactions in a Xinjiangban school Dr Lewis Mayo
    Lei YuLei Yu  Affordable housing provision in Chinese cities: a solution for whom? Professor Christine Wong
    Xiao (Monica) TanXiao (Monica) Tan Towards enhanced primary care system in China: Redefining the Governments role Professor Christine Wong
    Tianru Guan  Political communication space in the Chinese context - a case study of the Chinese media’s reporting and discussion of Sino-Japanese relations Dr 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 Region Dr Sow Keat Tok
    Song Yao  Explaining the Actorness of Chinese Provincial Governments: the Case Study of Yunnan Dr Sow Keat Tok


Applicants should consider the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship and other scholarship opportunities available at the University. For more information please see the Scholarships Graduate Research Scholarships web page and the Faculty of Arts Graduate research scholarships web page.

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.

More information

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

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) scholarship flyer