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Peking University Boya Postdoctoral Fellowship Call for Applications 2020


Founded in 1898, Peking University was initially named as the Imperial University of Peking, whose establishment marked the threshold of modern Chinese higher education. Now with a community of over 40, 000 students, faculty members and staff from a variety of cultural backgrounds, Peking University has become a vibrant and internationalized institution in promoting teaching and academic studies.

Boya Postdoctoral Fellowship, initiated by Peking University in 2016, aims at drawing prospective young talents all over the world to conduct postdoctoral research and pursue academic excellence at Peking University, Beijing, China. It offers young researchers opportunities to conduct research in diverse branches of learning such as natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, economy and management, information and engineering, and interdisciplines.


In the academic year of 2020, no more than 200 postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded to highly qualified, early-career postdoctoral researchers. Each Fellowship is awarded for 24 consecutive months. Each Fellowship includes annual salary185,000RMB, social insurances and housing subsidies, etc 91,000RMB, and 60,000RMB subsidy for postdocs with no postdoc flats. Postdoctoral Supervisors at Peking University may offer extra subsidy based on the applicants’ academic potential and excellence, and performance.

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria

The fellowship is open to highly qualified researchers of all nationalities who are no more than 35 years old and received their PhD no more than three years prior to the deadlines of the corresponding calls, as is instructed below. Researchers holding a tenure or tenure-track faculty position are not eligible to apply.

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, recommendation, and the commitment of postdoctoral supervisor at Peking University.  Excellent research proposal should include information on how the project will benefit from the research environments of Peking University.


The applicants must identify one faculty member at Peking University who will serve as a postdoctoral supervisor and get his/her written endorsement. The number of the fellowships is limited to no more than 200 for 2020 academic year and will be awarded through two rounds of application and selection in 2020. No more than 140 fellowships will be awarded for the first round and no more than 60 fellowships will be awarded for the second round.

Time Table

Round One:

  • December 16, 2019 to March 15, 2020: call for applications.

  • April 1, 2020: preliminary evaluation decisions by schools, departments, institutes or Centers of Peking University

  • Late April , 2019: publicity period and final award decisions

Round Two:

  • September 1 to October 15, 2020: call for applications.

  • November 1, 2020: preliminary evaluation decisions by schools, departments, institutes or Centers of Peking University

  • Late November, 2020: publicity period and final award decisions

Application Materials

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

  • Application Form of Peking University Boya Postdoctoral Fellowship(see the attached document);

  • Two recommendation letters (including one from the applicant’s doctoral supervisor), the letters should be sent to the corresponding coordinators(see the table below) directly by the referees;

  • One explicit endorsement letter by the postdoc supervisor at Peking University including the applicant’s academic backgrounds, 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 environment that the supervisor will provide to the fellow.

  • For information of faculty members at Peking University, please visit:

Application Deadlines

Round One: March 15, 2020

Round Two: October 15, 2020


The complete application should be saved as one file in pdf format. Please submit it by email to the corresponding coordinator (see tables below) in postdoctoral supervisor’s schools, departments, institutes and centers. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Postdoctoral Affairs Coordinators and Contact Information

in Schools, Departments, Institutes or Centers of Peking University

Schools, Departments, Institutes or Centers



Telephone Numbers

Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research

You Yuhua (Ms)


College of Urban and Environmental Sciences

Xu Wenjun (Ms)


School of Earth and Space Sciences

Wang Xinru (Ms)


Law School

Huang Chen (Ms)


Institute of Molecular Medicine

Liu Jian (Ms)


School of Engineering

Yan Jing (Ms)


Guanghua School of Management

Zhou Yue (Ms)


School of International Studies

Pan Rongying (Ms)


National School of Development

Xing Guiying (Ms)


College of Chemistry

Niu Lin (Ms)


College of Environmental Science and Engineering

Wang Rongjing (Ms)


Graduate School of Education

Ge Changli (Ms)


School of Economics

Shi Hui (Ms)


School of Archaeology and Museology

Fang Xiaotian (Ms)


The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics

Liu Lili (Ms)


Department of History

Qin Xiaomeng (Ms)


School of Marxism

Li Xin (Mr)


Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies

Feng Hui Min (Ms)


Institute of Population Research

Hu Chenghua (Ms)


Department of Sociology

Cui Jia (Ms)


School of Life Sciences

Ruan Xiaojuan (Ms)


School of Mathematical Sciences

Wen Shuang (Ms)


School of Foreign Languages

Zhu Jieqiong (Ms)


Wangxuan Institute of Computer Technology

He Chuan (Ms)


School of Physics

Pan Qing (Ms)


School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences

Wan Qian (Ms)


School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences

Zhao Xin (Ms)


School of Journalism and Communication

Wei Bo(Ms)


Department of Information Management

Li Pai (Mr)


,Department of Computer Science and Technology, School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science

Sun Xiaokun (Ms)


Department of Microelectronics, School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science

Tu Cheng (Mr)


Department of Electronics, School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science

Han Xuewei (Ms)


Department of Machine Intelligence, School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science

Wu Guijing (Ms)


School of Arts

Li Tingting (Ms)


Department of Philosophy

Duan Rui (Mr)


School of Government

Zhao Kai (Mr)


Department of Chinese Language and Literature

Jiang Bing (Ms)


Postdoctoral Affairs Office, Peking University

Fan Deshang (Dr); Xu Qian (Ms)

Tel: 86-10-62751229


More Information:

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

  2. If the applicant is awarded both China National Postdoctoral Fellowship and Boya Postdoctoral Fellowship, he/she will be taken as China National Postdoctoral Fellowship awardee and be subsided by China National Postdoctoral fellowship, and he/she will also be awarded the title: “PKU’s Boya Postdoctoral Fellow” upon his/her registration at Peking University.

  3. All postdoctoral fellows have to register at the Office of China National Postdoctoral Affairs Management Committee to have 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 his/her contract is no more than six months prior to the deadlines of the corresponding rounds.

  6. For postdoctoral registration at Peking University, please visit: