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2024 Overseas Outstanding Young Scholars: NKU Invites Talents from Around the World

Nankai University
Tianjin, China
Competitive salary with research funds
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

Job Details


Nankai University is a key comprehensive university directly under the Ministry of Education and is the alma mater of the venerated former Premier Zhou Enlai. The university started in 1904 and was founded in 1919 by the modern patriotic educators Yan Xiu and Zhang Boling under the philosophy of saving the country through education.

Since its establishment more than 100 years ago, Nankai University has always attached importance to talents in the establishment and thriving of the university. It has formed a featured system led by top scholars and supported by outstanding young talents. Currently, the university is striving to double the number of faculty members with national-level honors. We sincerely invite outstanding talents at home and abroad to apply for the 2024 Overseas Outstanding Young Scholars Fund through Nankai University.


I. Project introduction

The Overseas Outstanding Young Scholars Fund aims to attract and encourage outstanding overseas young scholars (including international scholars) with high achievements in natural sciences, engineering technology, etc. to return (or come) to China and conduct innovative research in areas of their own choice. The program will promote the progression of young scholars and cultivate outstanding experts who will contribute to the construction of a powerful country in science and technology.


II. Application requirements

1. Abide by the laws and regulations of the People’s Republic of China, have good scientific ethics, and practice the spirit of scientists in the new era on their own initiative;

2. Be born on or after January 1, 1984;

3. Have a doctorate degree;

4. The research interest is mainly natural science, engineering technology, etc.;

5. The applicant should hold a regular teaching or scientific research position in an overseas university, scientific research institution, or corporate R&D institution. Till April 15, 2024, the applicant should have worked for more than 36 consecutive months in the institutions mentioned above. The requirements for the length of working can be appropriately relaxed for those who have obtained a doctorate degree overseas and have exceptional performance;

6. Obtain scientific research or technology achievements recognized by peer experts, and have the potential to become academic leaders in the corresponding field;

7. The applicant has not yet returned to China to work full-time, or returned (come) to China to work after January 1, 2023. After receiving the subsidy notice, the applicant must resign from the overseas institution and work full-time in China for no less than 3 years.


Project requirements:

According to the requirements of the relevant central government departments on the overall planning and coordination of the science and technology talent plans, the applicant can only undertake one project supported by the national science and technology talent program at the same level, and application in a reverse order is not allowed.


III. Supporting policies


1. Tenure and professorship will be offered to the successful applicants. Tenure can also be offered to those who enter the final round of the competition. They will be included in the university’s “Young Discipline Leader Program”, qualified to supervise the Phd students and enjoy a relatively long assessment period and continuous supporting policies.

2. Competitive salary: The annual salary is 720,000-780,000 RMB (before tax, including social security and provident fund). The salary will not decrease after the end of the project support period. Moreover, the successful applicants can enjoy a performance payment from the research fund and preferential tax policy for outstanding scholars.

3. Sufficient scientific research funds: The scientific research fund of the first phase is 2,500,000-4,500,000 RMB (including the portion funded by the state). If possible, the college may supplement the research fund.

4. Improve team support: For successful applicants, their requirements of the quota of postdoctoral and doctoral fellows are prioritized by the university. The university encourages the scholars to form a scientific research teams, providing adequate office and research space.

5. Talent Development Fund: Alumni donations used for talent development (scientific research fees, housing subsidies, etc.).

Live and work in peace and happiness

6. Guaranteed housing: The state, Tianjin Municipality, and the university provide 2,000,000 RMB in housing subsidy in total, and the college may supplement the subsidy if possible. The university provides provident fund over 10,000 RMB per month. Successful applicants are entitled to the university’s relocation housing. The new Jinnan campus of the university is close to the metro station, as well as a full range of living facilities. The price of apartments nearby averages 20,000 RMB per square meter.

7. All-round support: The university will assist in seeking employment for the successful candidate’s spouse according to the actual situation. There is a full range of educational resources including affiliated kindergartens, primary schools, and high schools nearby. The university can assist foreigners in arranging schooling for their children.

8. High-quality medical service: The affiliated hospital to the university provides high-quality comprehensive medical service. The staff of the university enjoy the same treatment as the hospital employees for registering for medical treatment at the First Central Hospital Affiliated to Nankai University (Tianjin First Central Hospital). The university additionally provides commercial insurance that covers a wide range of designated hospitals.

9. Tianjin’s educational advantages: Tianjin boasts abundant high-quality educational resources. There is a high admission to key high schools and universities.

Support for application

10. Provide meticulous guidance: The university will organize expert teams to provide multiple rounds of counseling and assist in revising the documents through the application process.


IV. How to apply

Applicants are requested to send their resumes to Office of Human Resources of the university: The resume should include basic personal information, contact details, study and work experience, and major academic achievements (papers, scientific research projects, patents, awards, etc.).


Contact: Ms.Lan or Mr. Ni;


Tel: +86-22-85358249;


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


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About Nankai University

Nankai University (NKU) is located in Tianjin which is one of the four municipalities in China. NKU is a multidisciplinary Project 985 & 211 university under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, and it is elected into the national ‘double first-class’ initiative. Besides its main campus in Balitai, NKU also has a campus in Jinnan District and TEDA College in Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area.

Schools and Disciplines

NKU is one of the comprehensive and research-oriented universities with a complete range of disciplines in China. It features a balance between the Humanities and the Sciences, a solid foundation and a combination of application and creativity. NKU has 27 professional colleges, covering natural sciences, engineering, management, humanities and social science. 16 disciplines rank among ESI Global Top 1%: the discipline of chemistry and materials science is listed in the Top 1‰; 6 disciplines, including mathematics, chemistry, statistics, materials science and engineering, applied economics, world history, are designated as ‘double first-class' subject areas.

Faculty and Research Platform

NKU has now attracted 2270 full-time professional faculty members, including 951 professors and 872 associate professors. Among them, there are 16 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, along with more than 300 national-level talents.

NKU adheres to the "four aspects", aims at the world's scientific and technological frontiers and major national needs, and vigorously strengthens basic research and original innovation. Now, NKU is home to  5 National Key Laboratories, 1 national engineering research center, 1 national and local joint engineering research center, 3 collaborative innovation centers in 2011, and to more than 80 scientific research platforms.

Global Talents are Welcome

In recent years, NKU is vigorously implementing the strategy of strengthening the university with talents and the strategy of internationalization to build up the World Class Discipline and University. Tianjin municipal government and NKU released a series of policies to attract and cultivate scholars. High-level scholars who work full-time in NKU will receive competitive salary with research funds and a favorable platform for international exchange programs as well as support of the education of the scholar’s children.

NKU welcomes global outstanding talents to join for common development. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us.

Contact: Ms. Lan, Mr. Wang;

Tel: 0086-22-8535-8595, 0086-22-8535-8249;





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38 Tongyan Road, Haihe Educational Park
Jinnan District

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