Freie Universität Berlin and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) – the Chinese equivalent of the German Academic Exchange Service – are increasing their cooperation. They signed an agreement in Beijing to establish a jointly organized postdoctoral research program. Within this program professors and research group leaders at Freie Universität offer open postdoctoral research positions only available for Chinese Ph.D. graduates from a Chinese university or research institution. The process is similar to a program between the two institutions set up in 2009 to support graduate students working on their doctorate. For the start of the postdoctoral program, Freie Universität is calling for applications for 20 positions, most of them in the natural sciences. The application deadline in China is January 20. The agreement was signed by the General Secretary of the China Scholarship Council, Dr. Liu Jinghui, and Prof. Dr. Klaus Beck, Vice President of Freie Universität.
The submitted applications for the postdoctoral positions will first be screened by the Beijing Office of Freie Universität. The Beijing Office will then forward the applications along with a formal assessment to the professors and research group leaders in Berlin, who will select the candidates best suited for their position. After being accepted by the professor or research group leader, the candidates can apply for a CSC scholarship in March of this year. If a scholarship is awarded, a one-year stay in Berlin could start during the summer of 2014. Under certain circumstances a second year would be funded by the German side.
The China Scholarship Council is a scholarship organization that promotes study abroad for Chinese students, especially those working on a doctorate, on behalf of the Chinese government. It also supports foreign students who study in China within the context of scholarship programs of the Chinese government.
Information and List of Postdoctoral Positions