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2024-2025 Westlake Fellowship Applications Open

Westlake University
Hangzhou, Zhejiang (CN)
Competitive salary
Closing date
26 Aug 2024

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A Quick Career Path from Fresh PhD to Faculty

The Westlake Fellows Program is seeking outstanding newly minted or imminent PhD graduates with a track record of excellence and creativity to establish their own independent research programs in any area of science and engineering. Westlake University offers an English-speaking and cross-disciplinary work environment, and an internationally competitive package of research support, salary, and benefits. To learn more, please visit


Westlake University is a new type of research university in China, supported by public and private funding. Founded by prominent scientists and scholars, Westlake is committed to building a truly international, world-leading, research-focused university.


Westlake Fellows work as full-time principal investigators and have full access to Westlake’s state-of-the-art facilities for a period of three years, which can be renewed for another three years after evaluation. Start dates are flexible. The Program is an excellent opportunity for researchers to start their careers, free from the need to raise their own grant support or the distractions of classroom teaching. Westlake Fellows can also seek additional external funding. 


Candidates should be about to be awarded a doctoral degree or within two years of obtaining a doctoral degree and haven’t been employed as an assistant/associate professor or full professor (or equivalent). Candidates can be nominated by a senior investigator who can thoroughly analyze their accomplishments and future potential. We also welcome direct applications from exceptional candidates.


Submit in one PDF file: a letter of intent, your CV, a research plan (up to 2 pages) for the three-year term, and a list of Westlake Faculty members with whom you would like to collaborate (up to 2 pages).

Arrange to have the nomination letter and/or three additional reference letters, submitted by the nominators or referees directly.

We will consider your application only when all application materials are received, including the three reference letters, via email to 

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Westlake University. Applications will be equally evaluated based on their experience and qualifications.


July 1, 2024, 00:00 am (GMT +8:00): Nominations and applications open.

August 31, 2024, 11:59 pm (GMT +8:00): Deadline for nominations and applications.

December 31, 2024: Fellowship awards announced.


The Program also seeks Assistant/Associate/Full Professors (or equivalent) at institutions worldwide as Westlake Visiting Professors to Westlake campus on a short-term basis for collaborative research, seeking to create a unique international intellectual community to break the geographical barrier for multidisciplinary research. Westlake Visiting Professors shall be nominated by Westlake University faculty members; direct applications and self-nominations are not accepted. To learn more information about Westlake Visiting Professorship, please visit


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Westlake University

Westlake University is a new type of non-profit research-oriented university supported by public and private funding. The predecessor of Westlake University is Westlake Institute for Advanced Study. Founded by scientists including Yigong Shi, Shiyi Chen, Jianwei Pan and Yi Rao, Westlake Institute for Advanced Study was established in Hangzhou on December 10, 2016. On February 14, 2018, Westlake University was established with the approval of the Ministry of Education of China.

With the aim to be a world-class research and education institution, the university is committed to attracting the globally leading professors, developing state-of-the-art disciplines, cultivating world-class talents and making fundamental discoveries.

By 2026, Westlake University is expected to have about 5,000 full-time students (including 3,000 graduate students and 2,000 undergraduate students), 300 assistant, associate and full professors (including chair professors), 600 research, teaching, technical support and administrative staff, and around 900 postdoctoral fellows.

Within 10-15 years, the university aims to have globally leading research programs in some disciplines and to make significant contributions in basic research, technological innovation as well as translation.


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