TWO-YEAR PROGRAM: FEBRUARY 2018-JANUARY 2020
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2017
(Recommendation letters due June 15, 2017)
The goal of UC Berkeley’s Tang Distinguished Scholars program is to enhance scientific and technological standards throughout the world by developing cooperative relationships between the best scholars at the threshold of their careers in China and established research leaders at the University of California, Berkeley. Tang Scholars are selected from among the most distinguished scholars from the People’s Republic of China, who are early in their careers in the biological sciences or other disciplines (mathematics, physical sciences, engineering & chemistry) and are interested in applying quantitative approaches to solve problems in biology. The applicants are expected to demonstrate extraordinary capability in research and unusual potential for research leadership at the time of application.
Tang Scholars expand their capabilities in research, build lasting research relationships with Berkeley, and develop their ability to lead research and technology developments in their home institutions and in China to the highest levels. While the program will be adjusted to the needs of the individual scholars and their fields, those selected should commit to spending two years working as a colleague in research in an appropriate laboratory or program at Berkeley.
In subsequent years, we encourage Tang Scholars to maintain their associations with Berkeley and to renew their understanding of the current research in their fields. Short visits by the scholars to Berkeley and also visits by Berkeley faculty to the scholar’s institutions in China may also be arranged. Through these associations, the links between the scholars and their Berkeley colleagues, and between their home institutions and UC Berkeley, will become strong and lasting.
• Chinese citizenship
• Completed Ph.D. from a Chinese institution within the last four years
• Extraordinary qualifications in the biological sciences or other disciplines (mathematics, physical sciences, engineering & chemistry)
• Demonstrated extraordinary capacity in research and potential for research leadership, as evidenced by published work in scholarly journals and monographs and recognition in the field
• Proficiency in English language
• Strong commitment to return to China
Review and Selection
The Tang Distinguished Scholars selection committee is comprised of distinguished Berkeley faculty members who will select up to three candidates from the applications. Selection will be made strictly on the basis of the candidates’ research potential, opportunity to participate effectively in programs at Berkeley, and their potential for leadership of the research and education enterprise in China in the long term. The status of the applicant’s career, publications, awards, recommendations, and a statement of purpose will be carefully considered.
Applications will be reviewed in June and July 2017 by the selection committee. After the initial screening, a selected group of applicants will be interviewed either in person in China or by telephone or videoconference. The applicants will be notified in August 2017 of their final selection and lab placement to allow time for the scholar to obtain a visa and plan their travel.
While the Program will be adjusted to the needs of the individual scholars and their fields, we expect applicants to agree to the following appointment term, prior to their arrival in Berkeley:
TWO-YEAR PROGRAM, FEBRUARY 2018 to JANUARY 2020
The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) manages the program and the funding to support the scholar’s stipend and expenses. Appointed in the “Visiting Research Scholar” title, the scholar receives a monthly stipend based on the rate of $47,000 per year for the duration of the two-year appointment. In addition, the Program reimburses the scholar for up to $9,000 per year to cover health insurance costs (including coverage of family members if applicable), and reimburses the scholar for up to $2,000 for transportation from their city of origin at the start of their appointment. Scholars are expected to pay for living expenses, including housing (which the scholar is expected to arrange independently).
Scholars are eligible for a J-1 Research Scholar visa. UC Berkeley provides a DS-2019 to support the visa application. Scholars are responsible for obtaining their own visa and paying required visa fees.