CUHK Shenzhen and Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Princeton and CUHK

CUHK Shenzhen and Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Call for Applications 2018


Within the framework of their Memorandum of Understanding, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Princeton University have established a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: CUHK Shenzhen-Princeton Postdoctoral Program (CPPP), 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 CUHK Shenzhen invite applications for two postdoctoral research associates in studies of contemporary China.

Each fellowship is expected to be awarded for up to two years: the first 12 consecutive months at CUHK Shenzhen (with courtesy privileges at the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China), and the next 12 consecutive months at Princeton University with a visiting appointment at CUHK Shenzhen, 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 primarily open to data science-relevant disciplines, but it can be open to any discipline, as long as the fellow conducts research on contemporary China under the guidance of faculty at both Universities. 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 the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen:

During their stay at CUHK Shenzhen, Postdoctoral Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 15,000 RMB plus an additional housing allowance of 3,500 RMB per month for self-organized accommodation. The fellows will further be eligible to apply for travel funding from external sources.  During the appointment at CUHK Shenzhen, 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 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 up to 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 CUHK Shenzhen.

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria:

The fellowship is open to highly qualified researchers of all nationalities who received their Ph.D. 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 CUHK Shenzhen and Princeton.


To apply for a postdoctoral position, please see listing D-18-PII-00009 in Princeton’s Academic Listings here.   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.                   An endorsement from a potential supervisor at each of the two universities; and   

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

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Application deadline:  May 30, 2018.

If the applicant has any questions about the process and documentation, please refer to the program FAQs, here.

Applicants may also contact the Administrative Coordinators:

Ms. Yan Bennett

Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China

Princeton University


Ms. Justine Pan

School of Management and Economics

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen

More Information:

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

2.                   More information about the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China can be found at 

3.                   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.