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Peking University tops in 2017 National Distinguished Young Scholars

OCT . 26 2017
Peking University, October 12, 2017: Recently, the National Natural Science Foundation of China officially announced the winners of The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. Peking University, with 17 scholars elected, ranks first in the country, breaking the record of 16, also made by PKU, created in 2012. Presently, there are 239 National Distinguished Young Scholars at PKU, ranking the highest in the country. The election includes 198 scholars from 95 institutions nationwide.

Background Information: The National Natural Science Foundation of China supports young scholars who have made outstanding achievements in basic research to choose their own research directions and conduct creative research, so as to speed up the growth of young scientific talents, attract overseas talents and foster a group of prominent academic pacemakers in the forefront of world science and technology.

Since the Foundation’s establishment in 1994, applications for the Foundation are evaluated annually. The assessment focuses on the applicant’s previous work performance, academic level, professional ethics, and innovative research capacity. With great prudence in the evaluation process, the average subsidy rate is no more than 10%. In the year 2017, the Foundation provides each item with 3.5 million RMB, with a funding period of 5 years.

After the development of 20 years, the Foundation has become a symbolic and influential supporting project for young scientific talents, and has served as an important platform for the growth of excellent young scholars. More than 20 National Distinguished Young Scholars at PKU have been elected as Academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences or Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Written by: Zhou Yijing

Edited by: Wang Chengsiou
Source: Peking University Wechat