Applications Open for the 2022 Westlake Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women
杭州市西湖教育基金会 2022-08

The 2022 Westlake Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women is part of Westlake Education Foundation's initiative For Westlake Women in Science. Supported through the generosity of Vipshop (China) Co., Ltd., this fellowship fosters the personal and career development of exceptional female postdoctoral researchers at Westlake University. Through these outstanding individuals, we hope to inspire the general public, especially younger students, and to raise their aspirations in science-related careers.


  • Deadline for submission: October 21, 2022

  • Final decision announced: December 2022

Number of Awards

Three awards will be made in 2022 for candidates in life sciences, engineering, and science.

Award Detail

Each awardee receives a monthly supplemental funding of RMB 12,500, in addition to their original stipend, for up to 24 months during their postdoctoral stay at Westlake University. The timing for the award depends on awardees’ employment status at the time of decision announcement: current postdoctoral scholars will start receiving funds at the time the final decision is announced, while incoming postdoctoral scholars will start receiving funds once they are on board.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Incoming female postdoctoral scholars, who have identified a faculty sponsor at Westlake University, with a start date within six months of this announcement.

  • Current female postdoctoral scholars at Westlake University, within six months of employment by the end of August.

  • All awardees are expected to actively contribute to the initiative For Westlake Women in Science and take the lead in related activities.

Application Submission

Applications must be emailed to using the subject line “Applicant name + 2022 WPFW Application” before the deadline. The application package should include:

  • A full curriculum vitae including a full list of publications

  • Application form (please refer to Attachment 1)

  • In addition, please arrange the following to be submitted before the deadline to the same email address, using the subject line “Applicant name + 2022 WPFW Letter”:  

  • Recommendation form from prospective/current supervisor/co-supervisor at Westlake University (please refer to Attachment 2)

  • Two letters of recommendation, ideally from references outside Westlake University

Review Process

  • All applications are subject to an initial screening for qualifications and eligibility.

  • The Review Committee evaluates all applications and selects finalists for interview. 

  • The final awardees are announced after the interviews.

Review Criteria

Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria: 

  • Previous scientific achievements

  • Proposed postdoctoral research plan: intellectual merits and potential impact

  • Broader impacts of the applicants in contributing to the Westlake Education Foundation's initiative For Westlake Women in Science

Contact Information

For any queries, please contact

Attachment 1-Application Form.docx

Attachment 2-Recommendation Form.docx