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 Peking University and Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Call for Applications 2018

Within the framework of their Memorandum of Understanding, Peking University and Princeton University have established a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: Peking-Princeton Postdoctoral Program (PPPP), aiming at training highly-qualified, early-career postdoctoral researchers in studies of contemporary China so that they are positioned to become leaders in their respective academic fields.   Princeton University and Peking University invite applications for two postdoctoral research associates in studies of contemporary China for the 2018–19 academic year.

Each fellowship is expected to be awarded for up to two years: the first 12 consecutive months at Peking University with a visiting appointment at Princeton University and the next 12 consecutive months at Princeton University with a visiting appointment at Peking University, with renewal after the first year contingent on satisfactory performance.  Preferred start date is September 1, 2018. The position is open to early-career scholars who would be in residence and participate in the host organization’s activities, including student-faculty seminars, workshops, and public lectures.  The position is also open to any discipline, as long as the fellow conducts research on contemporary China. The candidate’s research must be supervised by a faculty member at each University and, as such, must receive the endorsement of a faculty member at each institution in order to apply.


For the stay at Peking University:

During their stay at PKU, Postdoctoral Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 15,000 RMB. They can receive an additional 3,500 RMB per month for self-organized accommodation or choose to live in a PKU postdoc flat. The fellows will further be eligible to apply for travel funding from external sources.  During the appointment at Peking, the postdoctoral researcher will hold a visiting appointment at Princeton.

For the stay at Princeton University:

For the 12 months in residence at Princeton, each fellow will be appointed at the rank of Postdoctoral Research Associate or more senior with a monthly salary of 5,000 (60,000/year) US dollars which will be provided by Princeton, including a one-time relocation allowance of 2,000 US dollars. Further, each fellow will be eligible to apply for travel funding, have access to resources at the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China, and be eligible for employee benefits provided by Princeton.  During the appointment at Princeton, the postdoctoral researcher will hold a visiting appointment at Peking University.

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria:

The fellowship is open to highly qualified researchers of all nationalities who received their PhD no more than three years prior to the start of the appointment. The program is open to both internal and external candidates. Applicants holding tenure or tenure-track faculty positions are not eligible to apply.

Selection is based on the academic excellence of the applicant, the quality of the proposed research project, compelling demonstration of the anticipated synergy of the appointed postdoc, and the commitment of the respective hosts at both universities. The research proposal should include information on how the project will benefit from the research environments of both institutions.

Requirements and Opportunities:

1. Successful applicants must provide a 10-page report on their research and experience in the Postdoctoral Fellowship after completion of the two-year program.

2. Fellows are encouraged to publish together with their hosts at PKU and PU.


To apply for a postdoctoral position, please link to https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/5681 (D-18-PII-00007). Simultaneously, you must submit a pdf application to PKU, as instructed below.  This position is subject to the Universities’ background check policy. All application documents must be prepared in English and include the following:

1. A research proposal and time plan (max. 10 pages in total, including tables/figures and references);

2. Concise Curriculum Vitae (max. 4 pages in total);

3. Two recommendation letters (including one from the applicant’s doctoral supervisor);

4. Two explicit endorsement letters by the potential supervisors, one at each university; and

5. One writing sample (not to exceed 10MB).

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Application deadline: Application deadline: 3/1/18, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Submission to PKU:

The complete application should be saved as one file in pdf format. Please email it to:  Mr. Fan Deshang, Postdoctoral Affairs Office, Peking University  


Administrative Coordinators:

Mr. Fan Deshang                                        Ms. Yan Bennett

Postdoctoral Affairs Office                          Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on

Peking University                                        Contemporary China

boguanban@pku.edu.cn                            Princeton University


More Information:

1. Please direct all further inquiries to the coordinators of the program stated above.

2. More information about Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China can be found at ccc.princeton.edu.

3. Postdoctoral Fellows may choose to register at the Office of China’s National Postdoctoral Affairs Management Committee to have access to China’s postdoctoral funds and other special privileges.

4. Postdoctoral Fellows will have to sign an agreement with PKU to initiate the visa application procedure before conducting their postdoctoral research at PKU.

5. Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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