Peking University Boya Postdoctoral Fellowship Call for Applications 2021

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About Peking University

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 2021, no more than 300 postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded to highly qualified, early-career postdoctoral researchers. Each Fellowship is awarded for 24 consecutive months. Each Fellowship includes annual pre-tax salary 200,000 RMB, social insurances and housing subsidies, etc. 91,000RMB, and 60,000 RMB 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.

Promotion Opportunities

Postdocs with two years’ postdoc 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 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 300 for 2021 academic year and will be awarded through two rounds of application and selection in 2021. In the first half of 2021, more than 170 fellowships were awarded for the first round, so  no more than 130 fellowships will be awarded for the second round. Ph. D candidates who will receive his/her degree in 2021 are eligible to apply for the first round and Ph,D candidates who will receive his/her degree before July 1, 2022 are eligible to apply for the second round.

Time Table

Round One:

  • January 15, 2021 to March 25, 2021: call for applications.
  • April 10, 2021: preliminary evaluation decisions by schools, departments, institutes or Centers of Peking University
  • Late April , 2021: final award decisions

Round Two:

  • September 1 to October 15, 2021: call for applications.
  • November 10, 2021: preliminary evaluation decisions by schools, departments, institutes or Centers of Peking University
  • Late November, 2021: 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 25, 2021

Round Two: October 15, 2021


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

Shi Sisi (Ms)


Law School

Huang Chen (Ms)


Institute of Molecular Medicine

Liu Jian (Ms)


School of Engineering

Zhang Yi (Ms)


Guanghua School of Management

Zhou Yue (Ms)


School of International Studies

Feng Jin (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

Ji Xiaohui (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

Zhou Yuting (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

Song Yanan (Ms)


School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences

Lu Qi (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

Liu Hongyu (Ms)


Department of Microelectronics, School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science

Qi Jinling (Ms)


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)


School of Chinese as a Second Language

Zhan Chengfeng (Mr)


Department of Chinese Language and Literature

Jiang Bing (Ms)



Postdoctoral Affairs Management Office

Fan Deshang (Dr)

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. Insurance fees are changeable due to the changes of insurance policies in Beijing and China;
  7. For postdoctoral registration at Peking University, please visit:


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