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Peking University Boya Postdoctoral Fellowship Call for Applications 2024


Originated as the Imperial University of Peking in 1898, Peking University was China’s first national comprehensive university and the supreme education authority at the time. Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, it has developed into a comprehensive university with fundamental education and research in both humanities and science.

Boya Postdoctoral Fellowship, initiated in 2016, aims at drawing prospective young talents worldwide to conduct postdoctoral research and pursue academic excellence at Peking University, Beijing, China. It provides young researchers with opportunities to engage in research across various academic fields, including natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, economics and business, information technology and engineering, as well as interdisciplinary studies.

Funding

In the academic year of 2024, a maximum of 300 postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded to highly qualified, early-career postdoctoral researchers. Each Fellowship is awarded for a continuous period of 24 months. The Fellowship package comprises an annual pre-tax salary of 200,000 RMB, along with social insurances, housing allowances, and other benefits. Additionally, there is a 60,000 RMB subsidy available for postdocs who do not have access to postdoctoral housing. Furthermore, Postdoctoral Supervisors at Peking University have the discretion to offer an additional subsidy, ranging from 30,000 RMB to 90,000 RMB per year, which is determined based on the applicant's academic potential, excellence, and overall performance.

Promotion Opportunities

Postdocs with two years of postdoctoral research experience are eligible to apply for senior research positions within postdoc track system at Peking University.

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria

The fellowship is open to outstanding researchers of all nationalities, who are under the age of 35 and have obtained their PhD within the past three years, as per the deadlines specified in the corresponding call for applications listed below.

Selection is based on the applicant’s education backgrounds, academic excellence, quality of the proposed research project, compelling demonstration of the anticipated synergy of the proposed research project and the host institution, the strength of recommendations, and the commitment of postdoctoral supervisor at Peking University. An outstanding research proposal should detail how the project will leverage and benefit from Peking University's unique research capabilities and resources.

Application

The application process requires candidates to choose a Peking University faculty member as their postdoctoral supervisor and his/her written endorsement. For the 2024 academic year, the fellowship program is capped at 300 awards, distributed over two rounds of selection. In the first round, a maximum of 200 fellowships will be granted, while the second round will offer up to 100 fellowships. Eligibility for the first round is open to Ph.D. candidates who are set to complete their degree in 2024. For the second round, candidates who anticipate receiving their Ph.D. by July 1, 2025, can apply.

Time Table

Round One:

January 15, 2024 to March 10, 2024: call for applications.

April 5, 2024: preliminary evaluation decisions, etc. by schools, departments, institutes or Centers of Peking University

Tentatively scheduled for the end of April 2024: final evaluation and award decisions

Round Two:

September 1 to October 10, 2024: call for applications.

November 5, 2024: preliminary evaluation decisions, etc. by schools, departments, institutes or centers of Peking University

Tentatively scheduled for the end of November, 2024: final evaluation and award decisions

Application Materials

All application documents must be prepared in either Chinese or English and should include the following:

Application Form for Peking University Boya Postdoctoral Fellowship (refer to the attached document);

Two recommendation letters (one must from the applicant’s doctoral advisor, who should specifically address the applicant's academic integrity.). The letters should be sent to the corresponding coordinators (see the table below) directly by the referees;

One explicit endorsement letter from the prospective postdoctoral supervisor at Peking University, outlining the applicant’s academic background, research potential and achievements, and comprehensive qualifications, detailed information on the added value for the research project and a clear statement of commitment regarding the physical and intellectual research support that the supervisor will provide to the applicant.

For information of faculty members at Peking University, please visit: https://www.pku.edu.cn/department.html

Application Deadlines

Round One: March 10, 2024

Round Two: October 10, 2024

Submission

Please compile the entire application into a single PDF file and submit it via email to the relevant coordinator (refer to the tables below) associated with the postdoctoral supervisor's school, department, institute, or center at Peking University. Incomplete applications will not be processed.


Contact Information of Coordinators in Schools, Departments, Institutes   or Centers of Peking University

Schools, Departments, Institutes or Centers

Coordinators

Telephone Numbers

Emails

Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research

Ms. You

86-10-62744122

youyuhua@math.pku.edu.cn

School of Materials Science and Engineering

Ms. Lu

86-10-62756697

lvj@pku.edu.cn

College of Urban and Environmental Sciences

Ms. Xu

86-10-62751926

xwj@urban.pku.edu.cn

School of Earth and Space Sciences

Ms. Shi

86-10-62767025

shisisi@pku.edu.cn

School of Electronics

Mr. Lu

86-10-62769572

weilu@pku.edu.cn

School of Chinese as a Second Language

Mr. Zhan

86-10-62756341

dwhy@pku.edu.cn

School of Law

Ms. Huang

86-10-62753816

lawhuangchen@pku.edu.cn

School of Engineering

Ms. Li

86-10-62753550

lixiaorong95@pku.edu.cn

Guanghua School of Management

Ms. Zhou

86-10-62747185

bsh@gsm.pku.edu.cn

School of International Studies

Ms. Feng

86-10-62757567

fengjin91@pku.edu.cn

National School of Development

Ms. Han

86-10-62758980

fhan@nsd.pku.edu.cn

College of Chemistry

Ms. Niu

86-10-62751700

niulin@pku.edu.cn

College of Environmental Science and Engineering

Ms. Ma

86-10-62765134

cesepostdoc@126.com

School of Integrated Circuits

Ms. Qi

86-10-62765814

qijinling@pku.edu.cn

School of Computer Science

Ms. Liu

86-10-62750251

hongyuliu@pku.edu.cn

Graduate School of Education

Ms. Ge

86-10-62751409

clge@gse.pku.edu.cn

School of Economics

Ms. Wei

86-10-62768500

weiqiaoqiao@pku.edu.cn

School of Archaeology and Museology

Ms. Shi

86-10-62757451

gkgbgs@pku.edu.cn

The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics

Ms. Liu

86-10-62756630

liulily@pku.edu.cn

Department of History

Ms. Qin

86-10-62757447

hisrenshi@pku.edu.cn

School of Marxism

Ms. He

86-10-62751793

huahe@pku.edu.cn

Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies

Ms. Feng

86-10-62767397

fenghuimin@pku.edu.cn

Institute of Population Research

Ms. Hu

86-10-62751974

hch@pku.edu.cn

Department of Sociology

Ms. Zhou

86-10-62751676

yt_zhou@pku.edu.cn

School of Life Sciences

Ms. Liu

86-10-62755532

liushuo1130@pku.edu.cn

School of Mathematical Sciences

Ms. Wen

86-10-62751803

wenshuang@math.pku.edu.cn

School of Foreign Languages

Ms. Zhu

86-10-62751572

gwyrsh@pku.edu.cn

Wangxuan Institute of Computer Technology

Ms. He

86-10-82529512

hechuan@pku.edu.cn

College of Future Technology

Ms. Zhang

86-10-62744068

ruonanzhang@pku.edu.cn

School of Physics

Ms. Sun

86-10-62755960

jqsun@pku.edu.cn

School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences

Ms. Huang

86-10-62747682

huangpx@pku.edu.cn

School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences

Ms. Zhao

86-10-62761081

zhaoxin@pku.edu.cn

School of Journalism and Communication

Ms. Wei

86-10-62759312

weibo522@126.com

Department of Information Management

Ms. Wu

86-10-62751680

shiyuwu@pku.edu.cn

School of Arts

Ms. Li

86-10-62753176

litt@pku.edu.cn

Department of Philosophy

Ms Xu

86-10-62755468

xuqian81@pku.edu.cn

School of Government

Mr. A

86-10-62769308

pkusgtalent@pku.edu.cn

College of Artificial Intelligence

Ms. Wu

86-10-62757549

wuguijing@pku.edu.cn

Department of Chinese Language and Literature

Ms. Jiang

86-10-62750955

gzhwxbsh@PKU.edu.cn

Postdoctoral Affairs Management Office

Mr. Fan (Dr)

Tel: 86-10-627512229

Email: boguanban@pku.edu.cn

More Information:

 1. Please direct all further inquiries to the coordinators listed in the tables above.

 2. Should an applicant receive both the National Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Boya Postdoctoral Fellowship, they will be funded by the National Postdoctoral Fellowship upon registration at Peking University and will be designated as 'PKU’s Boya Postdoctoral Fellow.' (Note: This rule is not applicable to recipients of the National Postdoctoral Fellowship in categories B and C). Boya Postdoctoral Fellows are strongly encouraged to apply for the National Postdoctoral Fellowship under category A, B, or C.  

3. All postdoctoral fellows have to register with the Office of China National Postdoctoral Affairs Management Committee to gain access to China’s national postdoctoral funds and other special privileges.

 4. International postdoctoral fellows will have to sign an agreement with Peking University to initiate the visa application procedure before conducting their postdoctoral research at PKU.

 5. Postdocs registered at Peking University may apply for Boya Postdoctoral Fellowship if the termination date of their current contract is within six months of the respective application round's deadline.

 6. Insurance fees are changeable due to the changes of insurance policies in Beijing and China;

 7. Applicants can only apply for Boya Postdoctoral Fellowship through ONE school, department, institute or center of Peking University in each round.

 8. After completing all evaluation procedures, Peking University will issue Boya Postdoctoral Fellowship offer letters to the selected candidates. Should a candidate accept the offer by the specified deadline, they must submit their postdoctoral application materials to Peking University and the Office of China National Postdoctoral Affairs Management Committee for further evaluation and approval. Upon receiving authorization from the Office, Peking University will provide the candidate with the necessary registration documents to commence their postdoctoral research on campus.

 9. For postdoc application documents and procedures, please visit: http://postdocs.pku.edu.cn/bshzp/jzsq/92d438930d65404cba8536f24833b739.htm