Peking-Princeton Postdoctoral Program (PPPP)

Peking University and Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Call for Applications 2021-22

Requisition Number: D-21-PII-00003 

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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 2021-22.

Each fellowship is to be awarded for up to two years: the first 12 consecutive months at Peking University and the next 12 consecutive months at Princeton University with a visiting appointment at Peking University. Renewal after the first year is contingent on satisfactory performance.  Preferred start date is September 1, 2021. 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 information of faculty members at Peking University, please visit .


For the stay at Peking University, benefits and stipend are competitive and in line with Chinese policy. All the benefits are provided by the Boya Postdoctoral Fellowship Program  of Peking University (click for detailed information about benefits) and subject to change. The fellows will further be eligible to apply for research funding from external sources.

For the stay at Princeton University, stipend and benefits are competitive. Fellows 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 go to 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);
    • In the research proposal, include the endorsement letters from both supervisors (email is sufficient). The endorsement letter need only be a positive response to your request for supervisor (example: yes, I agree to supervise you in the event you are selected for the postdoctoral program)
  2. Concise Curriculum Vitae (max. 4 pages total);
  3. Contact information for two recommendation letters (including one from the applicant’s doctoral supervisor); and
  4. One writing sample (not to exceed 10MB).  

Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please refer to the FAQs if you have any questions and before you contact either coordinator. 


Application deadline:  March 3, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. EST

Administrative Coordinators:

Mr. Fan Deshang                                                                              Ms. Yan Bennett

Postdoctoral Affairs Office                                                           Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on

Peking University                                                                             Contemporary China                                                               Princeton University


More Information:

  1. Please direct further inquiries to the coordinators of the program stated above.
  2. More information about Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China can be found at
  3. Postdoctoral Fellows must register at the Office of China’s National Postdoctoral Affairs Management Committee, which will accord them access to China’s postdoctoral funds and other special privileges.
  4. Pursuant to policy guidelines issued by the China National Postdoctoral Affairs Management Committee in 2017, applications from those who received their PhD more than three years and are more than 35 years of age at the start of the appointment will be disregarded.
  5. Applicants who are working in PKU as postdocs are eligible to apply for the fellowship only if his/her current contract expiration date is within six months from the issuing date of the call.
  6. Insurance fees are changeable due to the changes of insurance policies in Beijing and China.
  7. Postdoctoral Fellows must sign an agreement with PKU to initiate the visa application procedure before conducting their postdoctoral research at PKU.
  8. Participation in the program must be fully consistent with current and future university and national regulations and guidelines pertaining to health and wellness, travel, and visa status. Please see Princeton and Peking University’s websites for their most current academic and operational plans, here: and

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.