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9 - 13 July 2018 | Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Climate Change & Energy Global Fellows Programme

In cooperation with Tsinghua University, China, Imperial is offering an opportunity to participate in the Imperial-Tsinghua Global Fellows Programme: Global Climate Change and Energy. This unique programme is open to doctoral researchers from all disciplines and consists of five days of professional skills training as part of a Climate Change and Energy themed programme. The content of this exciting programme will be enhanced by input from invited guest speakers, involved in Climate Change and Energy related research.

The Global Fellows Programme will take place in Beijing, China and accommodation will be provided from Sunday 8 July to Saturday 14 July.

The research environment is increasingly competitive and requires both excellence in research and developed professional skills.  This course is designed to challenge researchers to assess their research skills and develop their interdisciplinary awareness, examining opportunities to collaborate and develop research.  

All participants will have the opportunity to apply for partial funding to support a 3 week research visit to Tsinghua following the programme. 

If you are from the Faculty of Life Sciences or Faculty of Medicine, click on the links to find out how these topics may apply to your interests.

Should you have any any questions or queries having read through the course information, please contact Laura Bulmer

Further Information


Participants will work in small groups, assisted by a tutor from Tsinghua University or Imperial. The course provides students with a unique chance to develop their professional and research skills in an international environment and is a unique opportunity to develop your networking skills with fellow Imperial and Tsinghua PhD researchers.

The 5 day course will cover topics including:

  • Working creatively and effectively in teams
  • Improving communication and networking in different situations
  • Developing intercultural and international awareness
  • Succeeding in collaborative research projects
  • Developing awareness of Global Climate Change and Energy research

This is a chance to challenge yourself outside of your normal working environment and meet people from other disciplines and cultures in a fun and stimulating environment!

Two participants, Ruth Davey from Imperial and Dapeng Chen from Tsinghua, wrote blog posts detailing their experiences and giving two different perspectives from the 2017 summer school. Please feel free to have a read!

Grantham Institute Head of Policy and Translation, Alyssa Gilbert wrote a blog about her experiences on the 2016 programme.

This course meets the professional skills requirements for the Early Stage Assessment (ESA). Students are therefore not required to take additional courses. However, attendees are still entitled to take other courses, if desired.


There are 40 places on the programme, of which 20 for Imperial and 20 for Tsinghua doctoral students.

Imperial College participants must:

  • Be a current doctoral student (from any discipline, please note this programme is not open to MRes students)
  • Be between 6 and 30 months into their PhD at the time the programme takes place (6 and 48 months for part-time students).  Students outside of this timeframe are encouraged to apply, but priority will be allocated to students between 6 - 30 months (6-48 months for part-time students)
  • Be interested in gaining an insight into Chinese culture
  • Be willing to share their experiences on the programme with the wider Imperial campus community following the course.
  • Have an interest and awareness of issues of climate change/energy and a willingness to engage with current topics in responses to climate change
  • Not have taken part in a previous Imperial international doctoral summer school/ Global Fellows Programme
  • Note
    • Some activities in the Tsinghua programme are similar to the Graduate School's pre- 2015-16 Residential Courses, including those provided for Grantham up to 2017. Applicants may still apply but should be willing to participate positively in all activities.

Students who have taken any Graduate School Retreat may apply. One of the overall objectives of the course is to build up intercultural communication and awareness in order to develop the necessary skills for international collaborative research. A very special aspect of this course in cooperation with Tsinghua will be the opportunity to develop new intercultural skills in these contexts. Therefore, students without extensive experience of living or working in China are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Students should demonstrate a keen interest in engaging with climate change and energy topics, it is not a requirement for students to have a background in these topics. If you are from the Faculty of Life Sciences or Faculty of Medicine, click on the links to find out how these topics may apply to your interests.

Successful applicants will:

  • Gain the most from this specific programme and explain how in their application
  • Have realistic expectations of the experience and explain their goals for the programme in their application
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for engaging with peers from Tsinghua University
  • Possess awareness of the skills necessary to develop links with international collaborators
  • Show an awareness of Climate Change and Energy concerns and a willingness to engage with current topics in these areas
  • Be willing to be a good ambassador for Imperial

Students should explain how they meet the above criteria in their applications, (note applications where these criteria are not met will not be successful).

Please click here and complete the online form in order to apply

Please note that the closing date for applications is Thursday 30th of November 2017.

Any additional queries not answered in the FAQs, please contact

Academic Theme

Climate and environmental change will affect economies, ecosystems, resources and human health across the globe. The UN Conference on Climate Change refocused global efforts on addressing climate change. In order for these efforts to be successful, they will require the development and deployment of sustainable energy sources and new and existing technologies to mitigate and prevent climate change, as well as advances in health care to adapt to the effects and challenges of climate change. From low-carbon technology and smart grids, sustainable water resource management and business economics, food security and public health through to the local and international policy agenda, the solutions to climate change will require an innovative and interdisciplinary approach.

If you are from the Faculty of Life Sciences or Faculty of Medicine, click on the links to find out how these topics may apply to your interests.


Accommodation and Travel

Course Information:

    • The venue for the course will be approximately 1 hour from Beijing.
    • Imperial will provide a contribution of £300 towards each participants flight costs.  Please note, only flight costs on economy class tickets will be reimbursed.  Full details can be found under the funding and costs tab.
    • For the duration of the course, Imperial will arrange and pay for participants accommodation and subsistence.
    • Accommodation will be shared (2 participants per room).

Research Placement Information (after the course):

    • Students, with assistance from their supervisors and departments, will be responsible for accommodation and subsistence costs during the research visit.
    • The International Relations Office will assist students in arranging accommodation during the research visit period and participants will be eligible to apply for a bursary of up to £750 to support participation.

Please note, guidance relating to visas and travel will be provided to all successful participants. 

Research Visit Opportunity

Following the 5 day programme, Imperial participants will have the exciting opportunity to apply to complete a 1 to 3 week research visit at a lab or research group at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The purpose of the research visit is to put into practice some of the skills that you have developed during the course and to build links with Tsinghua.

Participants will be eligible to apply for a bursary of up to £750 (£250 per week pro-rated) from the International Relations Office to help with the accommodation/subsistence costs of undertaking a research visit. 

Students should first discuss with their supervisor or other contacts in their department their interest in pursuing a research visit to gain a sense of existing collaborative relationships with Tsinghua and to gauge the potential of finding a host supervisor. 

If you identify an academic or group which you think might be suitable for a placement, you should contact them directly to see if they would be willing to host you during the research visit period (16 July-3 August).  Once agreement is received, please include this information in your application for the programme.  If successful, applicants will be asked to forward confirmation emails, so please keep track of any correspondence related to your research visit. You will also be expected to provide a brief outline of the goals for your visit.

Completing the research visit portion of the programme is not a requirement, but students who indicate the intention to undertake research visits will be looked on favourably in the application process.

  • Preference will be given to students without extensive experience living and working in China.

Assistance will be provided by the International Relations Office in arranging visas and accommodation.

More details will be provided to participants after their place on the Global Fellows Programme is confirmed. This opportunity is only available to participants in the 2018 Tsinghua-Imperial Global Fellows Programme.

To read about the experiences of previous students who undertook research visits at Tsinghua please click here