Apply for 2020 Thousand Talents Recruitment Programme in China – An introduction

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All successful applicants can expect a 1~4 million yuan ( GBP 150~450K) starting bonus, and the opportunity to apply for a research fund of 3–5 million yuan. Foreign scientists receive additional incentives, such as accommodation subsidies, meal allowances, relocation compensation, paid -for visits home and subsidized education costs.

All awardees will be conferred the title of “National Distinguished Expert”, and will be mainly granted the following benefits:

  • Support to working conditions: awardees will be strongly supported and prioritised when applying to local and national government-funded programmes, in particular NSFC, National Key R&D Programmes, Megaprojects, as well as other awards. They will also be actively involved in domestic academic organisations, and in the elections of new academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
  • Support to living conditions: awardees will receive a one-off funding of 1 million RMB; permanent residence permit and/or multiple entry visas for themselves and their families for foreigners; and lifting of hukou restrictions for Chinese nationals; medical care, social insurance; children education allowance; housing and meal allowances, subsidies, and priority in purchasing one residential apartment.

Other benefits may also be additionally provided by relevant provincial- or municipal-level administrations.

The Foreign Expert category exclusively targets foreign experts (including non-ethnic Chinese nationals) who are willing to return or come to China on a part time or full-time basis.

Note: age, academic and professional qualifications may be relaxed in case of extremely needed talents or in exceptional cases of outstanding performance.

Category 1|: The Provincial Young Talents 

Basic qualification requirements generally include:

  • Under 35 years of age (Born after 1984.03 for year of 2020 application)
  • PhD. degree in natural sciences, engineering or technology
  • At least three years of post-doc teaching or research professional experience in overseas renowned universities, research structures or enterprises; or technology or management position in a renowned international enterprise or financial institution
  • Possession of scientific research results officially recognized by other expert colleagues, showing the potential of becoming a leading scientific research figure within the field.

Category 2|: The National Young Talents 

Basic qualification requirements generally include:

  • Under 40 years of age
  • D. degree in natural sciences, engineering or technology
  • At least three years of post-doc teaching or research professional experience in overseas renowned universities, research structures or enterprises;
  • Possession of scientific research results officially recognised by other expert colleagues, showing the potential of becoming a leading scientific research figure within the field.

Note: Outstanding Ph.D. students can also be recruited in exceptional cases if dinstinguished achievements were made during the Ph.D. studies. on-ethnic Chinese foreign nationals who come to China for post-doc research, can apply after one year to this category.

Category 3  |: The National Professional Talents 

  • Under 68 years of age
  • Possession of a Ph.D. degree
  • Full professorship or an equivalent title in a prestigious foreign university or research institute; or senior technology or management position in a renowned international enterprise or financial institution

Note: age, academic and professional qualifications may be relaxed in case of extremely needed talents or in exceptional cases of outstanding performance.

 

The awardees will be receive a one-off grant of 500,000 RMB, together with other research subsidies varying from 1 to 3 million RMB throughout the programme. Other working and living support will also be granted in line with the Innovative Talents (Long Term) category (see above).

Other benefits may also be additionally provided by relevant provincial- or municipal-level administrations, as well as from host institutions (e.g. accommodation benefits, establishment of research teams/laboratories, access to additional research grants, etc).

 

The awardees will mainly be granted preferential policies in terms of entry-exit immigration (including for their families), residence, medical care, insurance, housing, tax and salary. A lump sum of 1 million RMB of research subsidies will also be granted to each awardee, together with 3 to 5 million RMB of additional research subsidies to awardees engaging in scientific research, particularly basic research.

It is also noteworthy that foreign awardees are often also encouraged to lead or to take part in other local or national government-funded programmes. The project team identified evidence of at least three European winners of this category of the 1,000 Talents Plan currently acting as team leaders or subtopic leaders for large National Key R&D Programmes.

 

In 2008, China’s central government announced the Thousand Talents Plan: a scheme to bring leading Chinese scientists, academics and entrepreneurs living abroad back to China. In 2011, the scheme grew to embrace younger talent and foreign scientists, and a decade later, the Thousand For Chinese scientists, the scheme has given them a strong financial incentive to return home. For foreigners, it’s an opportunity to join the Chinese system with major administrative hurdles removed.

How does it work?

Previous programmes to lure back ex-pat scientists elevated postdocs and junior faculty members to full professorial or equivalent positions in China, but the Thousand Talents Plan was more ambitious, aiming totebiz professors and chief scientists in the West. This approach led to tougher recruitment Criteria across all schemes, and high-level positions became less easy to come by. It’s well understood in the research community that scientists recruited through talent schemes will gain access to much higher salaries and research funding levels to their locally trained peers.

Where do I begin?

To apply for any of the Thousand Talents schemes, you must already have a firm job offer from a Chinese institution. If you are a graduate professor at a leading Western university, you will more than likely be eligible for a place on the Thousand Talents scheme For senior academics, as long as your research record meets the demands of your field of study in China. The scheme is open to Chinese scientists under 55 years of age, and foreigners younger than 65. All applicants must have worked at renowned universities outside China , and have a strong publication record.

When you’ve confirmed a position with a Chinese institution, your university will probably suggest that you apply for the Thousand Talents programme, and ask for your CV with a list of published papers, copies of all academic qualifications (original or certified) and full The length of the application process (which includes an interview) can be a matter of months if the applicant meets the text of the highest impact research papers. All of the criteria first time around. However, after signing their employment contract and agreeing to the terms of the Thousand Talents Plan, such as a minimum three to five years of working in China, scientists may need to wait for all aspects of their agreed Research project to be realized,As not every financial and administrative decision is controlled directly by the university.

What are the benefits?

All successful applicants can expect a 1 million yuan (US$151,000) starting bonus, and the opportunity to apply for a research fund of 3–5 million yuan. Foreign scientists receive additional incentives, such as accommodation subsidies, meal allowances, relocation compensation, paid -for visits home and subsidized education costs. Employers are also obliged to find jobs for foreign spouses, or provide an equivalent local salary. In addition, the Thousand Youth Talents Plan targets foreign and ex-pat Chinese scientists under the age of 40 — The main Thousand Talents Plan, Chinese returnees receive the same benefits as foreign recruits under the Thousand Youth Talents Plan. More details for all videos can be found on the official website,  1000plan.org/en/ .

Whether you were born in China or come from abroad, all applications to the Thousand Talents scheme go through your Chinese university employer. Only one institution can apply on your behalf, so you cannot make multiple applications.

Infographic.

Sources: Center for China and Globalization/Pew Research Center

What makes for a successful Thousand Talents application?

Your publication pay, career record and communication skills are all important. Chinese institutions pay the greatest attention to the number of high-impact papers published. They also prefer scientists who have graduated from leading universities. Finally, make sure you establish the value you can Add to your chosen research institution in China, highlighting your research ideas and particular areas of expertise.

A common mistake is to focus on one’s own research without thinking about the department or school’s research conditions and directions. Another is to stress the significance of your work, rather than how it could attract coming or when it could be published. In China, it Is expected that newly employed scientists will be productive as quickly as possible. Creativity and originality are not valued as highly as publication rate.

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