11This FAQs is only a guide and does not cover every circumstance. We have done our best to make sure that the information in this page is correct as of May 2011.


Housing / Accommodation

  •   What's the rent for an efficiency apartment?


Apartment type

Monthly rate (Yuan)

The price depends the location and condition of the apartment, and are all subject to the fluctuation of the market.

1 bedroom


1 bedroom+sitting-room


2 bedrooms+sitting room



  •   How to find a right apartment?

Finding a good apartment is really a big deal in Beijing. So we suggest that, for a modest brokerage fee (always be one month rent), you can use the services of an agency. That will save time and provide more options.

  •   Is there a minimum stay?

A minimum of one year booking is required for most reservations. For a reservation with higher rent than usual, the minimum booking is at least one month.

  •   Is security deposit required?
  • security deposit of the rent is usually required and is refunded at the end of the term without interest. In most cases landlords require 1 month rent as security deposit. 
    •   How are rents paid?

Rents are usually paid in RMB per three months in advance, in cash or bank transfer. But at the first time, you should prepare security deposit, three month's advance rent, realtor's commission altogether.

  •   What is typically included in the rent?

The rent included the usage of the furniture, heating and property, and always does not cover utility fee (water, electricity, gas, phone, network) or cleaning, bed necessaries, kitchen equipment, toiletries and other personal items.


Health insurance


For the composition of Insurance, please see the relevant section under the CAS Service Agreement:

(Party B = employee, Party A= NAOC)


The remuneration in total shall include the fees for the necessary medical insurance that shall be paid by Party B itself in China during the period of this agreementParty B shall guarantee the purchase of at least one health care insurance and accidental injury insurance per year. Any and all consequences incurred by any accident and disease occurring to Party B shall be resolved by the insurances (including the insurances purchased by Party B out of China) purchased by Party B itself, Party A shall bear no liability.


Computer resoures


Center for Information and Computing (CIC) of NAOC can provide the high performance computing server. You can apply for approval by submit an application form, which can download from the website . We suggest that you ask the hosted division for help, since CIC only have the Chinese version of the application form up to now.


Research funding


Ø National Natural Science Fund (NNSF) --- National Natural Science Foundation of China [Website]


The National Natural Science Foundation of China was founded in February 1982. It coordinates and financially supports basic research and applied basic research, and aims to identify and foster scientific talents in China. There are two kinds of funds in this foundation, one for projects and the other for talents:





General Program (Free Application Project, Youth Science Fund Project and Area Science Fund Project)

National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars

Key Program

Young Scientists Fund

Major Program

International (Regional) Cooperation and Exchange

[For foreign researchers, e.g. Research Fellowship for International Young Scientists]

Major Research Plan

National Science Fund for Talent Training in Basic Science

Science Fund for Creative Research Groups

Joint Research Fund for Overseas Chinese Scholars and Scholars in Hong Kong and Macao




  • Most funding offered are only for Chinese scholars, although this rule is not clearly mentioned in rules of foundation. 
  • The topics are different every year, and some may relate to finance. So we should pay attention to updated information in relevant websites.


Ø International cooperation and academic exchanges projects --- Chinese Academy of Sciences [Website]


To attract overseas scientists and cultivating talents through international exchange, the CAS fellowships and cooperative programs were established, including the Einstein Professorship, the Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists, Programs for International Partnership Groups, Fellowships for Young International Scientists and TWAS-CAS Fellowships for Visiting Scholars, Postgraduate and Postdoctoral.


Applications from CAS institutes and international partner institutions are to be submitted to the Bureau of International Cooperation, CAS, during two specific periods each year. The first round of applications is from March 1-15 and the second from September 1-15.


·Einstein Professorship Program


The Einstein Professorship Programme is a key initiative of CAS. It is awarded each year to enable 20 distinguished international scientists actively working at the frontiers of science and technology to conduct lecture tours in China. The programme is open to scientists from around the world and every scientific discipline. Einstein professors are expected to visit at least two CAS institutes in two different Chinese cities, and to carry out in-depth academic discussions with researchers and graduate students at the host institutes. Each visit is of one to two weeks duration. Also, the Einstein professor is expected to deliver a lecture either at the host institute or the Graduate University of CAS located in Beijing or at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei. In exchange, each Einstein professor is expected to receive one or two CAS fully-funded young CAS researchers from the host institute or institutes to work in their laboratories for a period of normally one to three months (which may be extended to up to six months). These visits will be fully funded by CAS.


The grant covers:

a.       The cost of accommodation, and transportation in China

b.      A round-trip international airfare between the airport located nearest to the visitor's home and that nearest to the host institute

c.       An honorarium of USD 1,500 for presenting a lecture   


How to apply:

1)      Applicant Form Completion and Supporting Documents Preparation [Application Form]

The following supporting documents must be included here:

- An academic profile including a curriculum vitae, a list of publications for the past five years, and the major accomplishment such as global prizes/awards, which also need the scan or fax version of the certificate ;

- A detailed description of the proposed lecture-tour to China including the timetable, expected outcomes, details of the existing collaboration with the host institute(s); the title and abstract of the public lecture to be given.


2)      Applicants submit the applications and supporting documents to us (main host institute), which will be reviewed and evaluated by NAOC, and will be submitted to The Bureau of International Cooperation of CAS.



·Visiting Professorships for Senior International Scientists


The Visiting Professorship Programme is aimed at international scientists either currently or previously working in well-known universities, research institutes or multi-national corporations, who wish to develop an effective long-term collaborative relationship with CAS. These scientists should have similar research interests to their CAS collaborators. The programme provides for visit of 2-12 months duration (visits may be extended by agreement) with a grant to cover:

  1. Salary, daily living allowance and health insurance, from 400,000 to 500,000 RMB (pre-tax) per year
  2. A round-trip (economy-class) international airfare between the airport located nearest to the visitor's home and that nearest to the host institute   

The general application procedure is the same as the Einstein Professorship Program, and HERE is the application from.


·Sciences Fellowships for Young International Scientists


The fellowship provides for visits of 12 months duration and may be extended by agreement for a further period of up to 12 months. Grant covers:

  1. Salary, daily living allowance and health insurance, between 150,000 and 250,000 RMB (pre-tax) per year 
  2. A round-trip (economy-class) international airfare between the airport located nearest to the visitor's home and that nearest to the host institute 

The general application procedure is the same as the Einstein Professorship Program, and HERE is the application from.


·TWAS-CAS Fellowships for Visiting Scholars


The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and TWAS offer up to fifteen fellowships per year to visiting scholars from developing countries (other than China) who wish to pursue advanced research in natural sciences. For more detailed information, please see its website.


Ø Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) of China [Website]


The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) is a ministry of the Chinese government which coordinates science and technology activities in the country, and it is the major spender of the central government's RMB71.6 billion R&D spending – perhaps 30% of the total. MoST's S&T budget covers several major programs.






National High-tech R&D Program (863 Program)

This supports pre-commercial high-tech projects, especially in IT and biotechnology.

·Official website

·Fact Sheet

National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program).

This focuses on key basic research projects ranging from agriculture to energy to materials science. It seeks to generate “original innovation” in basic research and multidisciplinary studies. Each major project is assigned a chief scientist who divides it into several sub-projects and in turn assigns these to other lead scientists.

·Official website

·Fact Sheet

Key Technologies R&D Program

This supports industrial technology development and upgrading.

·Official website

·Fact Sheet

International S&T Cooperation Programme

Established in 2001, the program identifies candidate projects for China to include in bilateral S&T cooperation agreements with other countries and selectively finances the Chinese side of these joint programmes. Its budget has not been published.

·Official website

·Fact Sheet 




How to apply:


All the applications should be submitted online at: http://program.most.gov.cn. Before the application starts, applicants may get a comprehensive understanding of the application rules by visiting the following website: http://program.most.gov.cn.