On the heels of a $2.6 billion study in Shanghai, researchers are set to study overseas for up to four years.
The International Institute for the Study of Peace, a U.S.-based think tank, said it would pay for travel to countries including India, Australia, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
It said the money would go toward salaries for a research staff that would include researchers, translators, photographers, data scientists, translational scientists, and other staff members.
Researchers who want to study abroad should have an advanced degree in a science or technology field.
The institute’s research program will not be funded by the Chinese government, but will instead be supported by private foundations and other donors, said IITP President Michael O’Connor.
It will not necessarily be open to people who have Chinese nationality.
It’s one of several international research institutes studying overseas.
The Shanghai study is the latest in a string of studies on the benefits of international study, and the first to look at the impact of foreign students on China’s economy.
More than a quarter of the country’s population of 10.4 million people are foreign born, making China the second-most populous nation after the United States.
More Chinese students are studying abroad than in the past, but most of them are studying in the United Arab Emirates, where a growing number of students have been lured by better economic opportunities.
China’s National University of Sciences and Technology in Shanghai last year reported more than 50,000 international students in its top 10 programs.
That’s a 6% increase over the same time last year.
The U.K.-based Overseas Development Institute, which studies China, said its annual China study will pay for a full-time staff of 15 researchers.
In the past five years, it has hired at least 4,500 researchers, who will spend three to four months on China studying and work in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and other cities.
The United States will be the third-largest recipient of Chinese research funding, after Germany and the Netherlands.
The money will go toward an international faculty that includes about 25 researchers from the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and other countries.