Applications 2024

SUSTech Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts Junior Fellowship Application

The Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech 南方科技大学) invites applications for Junior Fellowships in the social sciences and humanities. These postdoctoral fellowships aim at fostering the academic careers of scholars who have recently received their Ph.D. degrees by providing a competitive package and membership in an interdisciplinary scholarly community.

About the Society and Junior Fellowships

The Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at SUSTech is dedicated to stimulating innovative interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences, offering opportunities for scholars of the highest caliber to develop their professional careers.

The Society will select a cohort of Junior Fellows for the class of 2024. Those selected will be offered a two-year postdoctoral appointment beginning in September 2024. Fellowships are awarded to recent Ph.D. recipients in the humanities and social sciences who have demonstrated intellectual excellence and the potential for outstanding academic achievement.

Junior Fellows are expected to devote their time to productive scholarship, focusing on publishing their dissertation research, undertaking new research in accordance with their proposed project, and engaging in other original work that will further their academic careers. The Society aims to foster teaching excellence in the humanities and social sciences, and the fellowships carry with them a teaching responsibility of five 2-credit courses over the two-year period.

Junior Fellows are required to be in residence during the fall and spring academic terms, and to attend all of the Society’s activities. They are also encouraged to regularly participate in events (such as seminars, workshops, and lectures) organized by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and other departments and programs at the University. Junior Fellows are appointed for two years, and no extensions are granted.


The Junior Fellowship competition is open to recent Ph.D. recipients from all areas of specialization in the humanities and social sciences; candidates must have received their doctoral degree no later than June 30, 2024 but no earlier than December 1, 2020. They should demonstrate outstanding original scholarship and a strong capacity for independent work, and preferably have acquired solid teaching experience.

Both English and Chinese are commonly used by all of the academic programs and in most events at SUSTech. Courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels are taught in either English or Chinese. The Society encourages applications from non-Chinese citizens and scholars who conduct their teaching and research in English. Satisfactory knowledge of Chinese is preferable but not required.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, gender identity, nationality, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Benefits and Resources

Junior Fellows receive an annual pre-tax remuneration totaling ¥350,000 RMB (approximately $48,685 USD), comprising a fundamental salary of ¥300,000 RMB and a housing subsidy of ¥50,000 RMB. The Society will also provide Fellows with office space, as well as access to library resources and laboratory facilities at SUSTech, health insurance and other benefits.

Application Procedures

Applications will be accepted starting November 20, 2023.

Applicants should provide the following materials:

  1. a curriculum vitae
  2. a personal statement (of 1000 – 2000 words) outlining your dissertation or other major research projects, professional goals, and any other information relevant to your candidacy
  3. a dissertation abstract
  4. a writing sample (one chapter of the dissertation, or one published article related to your dissertation or most recent research project)
  5. a research plan (no longer than 1000 words) for the two-year fellowship period at SUSTech
  6. three letters of recommendation, to be sent directly by the referees to SUSTech via email (

All materials above should be sent by email to no later than February 19, 2024. If, within the subsequent two months, you still have not received an interview notification, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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About SUSTech

Southern University of Science and Technology is a public university located in Shenzhen, China, a vibrant mega-city and high-tech center adjacent to Hong Kong, with a population of over 10 million people. The university is rapidly developing into a top-tier international university that excels in conducting interdisciplinary research, nurturing innovative talents, and delivering new knowledge to the world. For more information please visit .

SUSTech recognizes the importance of the Liberal Arts and considers them an indispensable part of the curriculum. The Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts strengthens and diversifies this curriculum by developing innovative courses that introduce the student community to the most relevant humanitarian ideas, old and new. While appreciating the value of the traditional Humanities, as a technological university SUSTech also encourages innovative research that crosses the boundary between the Sciences and the Humanities, with a potential to generate new impactful ideas for the future.

Joining SUSTech as a Junior Fellow is an exciting opportunity to freely pursue one’s individual research and strengthen one’s teaching skills in English, Mandarin or both with as few formal requirements as possible. As one of the most recognizable Chinese universities, SUSTech provides an excellent opportunity to develop one’s academic network in the mainland China, while its geographic proximity to Hong Kong and Macau make it easy to tap into the rich academic resources of the Greater Bay Area.