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The XJTLU Suzhou College Cohort Study (西交利物浦大学苏州大学生队列)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description


The candidate should have a first class or upper second class honours degree, or a master’s degree (or equivalent qualification), in public health or a related field. Evidence of good spoken and written English is essential. Native-level Chinese (Mandarin) language proficiency strongly preferred. The candidate should have an IELTS score of 7.0 or above, if the first language is not English. This position is open to all qualified candidates irrespective of nationality. Candidate must be able to start no later than September, 2020.


The student will be awarded a PhD degree from the University of Liverpool (UK) upon successful completion of the program.

Project Description

College is a critical time when many young people become sexually active, experiment with addictive substances, and develop coping behaviors in response to new stressors. College can be especially challenging for freshman, who must quickly adapt to new social surroundings and academic expectations. However, college students often do not utilize available healthcare services. Unfortunately, understanding about the sociocultural determinants of health and healthcare service utilization among Chinese college students remains limited.

This 18-month longitudinal, mixed-methods study project with freshman college students in Suzhou, China will use experimental and observational approaches to elucidate novel insights about understudied sociocultural factors shaping health behaviors and healthcare utilization. In addition, this study will develop and evaluate a health promotion intervention using creative crowdsourcing. A specific PhD project will be developed within this study framework and according to the student’s relevant expertise and interests.
For more information about doctoral scholarship and PhD programme at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU): Please visit

How to Apply

Interested applicants are advised to email Dr. Stephen Pan () the following documents for initial review and assessment (please put the project title in the subject line).
• CV
• Two reference letters with company/university letterhead
• Personal statement outlining your interest in the position
• Proof of English language proficiency (an IELTS score of 7.0 or above)
• Verified school transcripts in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
• Verified certificates of education qualifications in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
• PDF copy of Master Degree dissertation (or an equivalent writing sample) and examiners reports available
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Stephen Pan (), whose personal profile is linked below,

Funding Notes

The PhD studentship is available for three years subject to satisfactory progress by the student. The award covers tuition fees for three years (currently equivalent to RMB 80,000 per annum) and provides a monthly stipend of 5,000 RMB as a contribution to living expenses. It also provides up to RMB 16,500 to allow participation at international conferences during the period of the award. It is a condition of the award that holders of XJTLU PhD scholarships carry out 300-500 hours of teaching assistance work per year. The scholarship holder is expected to carry out the major part of his or her research at XJTLU in Suzhou, China.

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