Macao Young Scholars Program
I. Program Objective
With the aim to effectively pool expertise and research resources of Mainland and Macao together to nurture outstanding young talents, the China National Postdoctoral Council and the Association for Promotion of Science and Technology of Macau are working together to launch a joint postdoctoral fellows program, named Macao Young Scholars Program (hereinafter referred to as Scholars Program).
China National Postdoctoral Council (hereinafter referred to as “Postdoctoral Council”)
Association for Promotion of Science and Technology of Macau (hereinafter referred to as “MAPST”)
●Through consultation, develop policies, related agreements, and implementation details for Scholars Program;
●To jointly identify participating institutions of the Scholars Program and to assemble the list of (Macao) university faculty members (hereinafter called Supervisors) who are interested and qualified to supervise the Macao Young Scholars.
●To implement funding for the Scholars Program.
Responsibilities of Postdoctoral Council
●To make the first-round candidate selection for the Scholars Program.
●To coordinate relations and arrangements between successful candidates (hereinafter called Appointed Scholars) with their Mainland home institutions.
●To assist Appointed Scholars in applying for travel approvals to Macao.
Responsibilities of MAPST
●To manage deployment of Macao research projects in Scholars Program.
●To evaluate qualifications of participating Macao institutions and Supervisors.
●To confirm the final list of Appointed Scholars.
●To coordinate and monitor the proper settlement of Appointed Scholars in their host institutions in Macao and to conduct progress appraisal of Appointed Scholars.
China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (hereinafter called Postdoctoral Foundation) is responsible for implementing the Program in Mainland.
The MAPST Secretariat is responsible for managing the daily operation of the Program (hereinafter referred to as Program Secretariat). MAPST will establish a Macao Young Scholars Program Academic Committee （hereinafter called Program Academic Committee）to evaluate qualities of supervisors, to monitor the overall running of the Scholars Program, and to review the annual progress reports.
4.Mechanism of Communication and Discussion
The two managing organizations, Postdoctoral Council and MAPST, will take turns to organize a joint meeting every year. The meeting will summarize experience in implementation of the Scholars Program, and problems encountered will be discussed and resolved through mutual consultation. Under exceptional circumstances, extra meetings can be called by any of the two sides.
The process will follow several steps: individual application, recommendation by home institution, assessment by experts, and decision based on the principle of “open and fair competition”. Successful outstanding Mainland doctoral degree holders will be assigned to work with Supervisors in research fields that Macao has a superior edge.
The work period normally lasts for two years, and the number of Macao Young Scholars is limited to thirty per year.
2.Eligibility Criteria of Applicants
Applicants should be new or recent PhD degree recipients (awarded within last three years), currently working as postdoctoral fellows, as incumbent researchers, faculty members, or scientists (age below 35). Institution unit recommending the application should be the postdoctoral station or institution of regular employment of the applicant.
3.Status of Appointed Scholars
If the Appointed Scholar is a postdoctoral fellow in mainland, he or she should have that the exit station procedure completed before coming to work in Macao. The Appointed Scholar is considered as a contracted postdoctoral research fellow in Macao and needs to apply for a work visa and follow the entry regulations of Macao SAR.
In Macao, the Appointed Scholar will perform full time research according to direction of Supervisor.
4.Preferred Research Areas
Program project supports will focus on areas in which Macao has a leading edge or strong capability. Tentatively, the following will be included:
（1）Chinese Medicine (Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Chinese Medicine, Medicine, Chemistry).
（2）Microelectronics (Microelectronics and Solid State Electronics, Electronic Information Science and Technology, Physics, Analog and Mixed-Signal Circuits).
（3）Lunar and Planetary Science (Physics, Applied Mathematics, Geology, Astronomy, Computer Science and Technology, Atmospheric science, Space physics, Information Science and Remote Sensing Science).
（4）Internet of Things for Smart Cities (Smart Sensing, Network Storage and Delivery, Big Data Analysis and Control, Internet of Things for Smart Energy, Smart Transportation, Public Security Monitoring and Disaster Prevention Management).
Postdoctoral Council will organize the first round selection of candidates. Those who pass need to contact potential supervisors directly within a limited period of time. After a candidate and a potential supervisor reach consensus on their research direction, they may work together to put down a research plan for the Program Application Form, which is to be sent to the Program Secretariat. Successful candidates in the first round of selection can choose no more than two supervisors with whom they propose to work. MAPST will inform the Postdoctoral Council about the final result of selection.
In general, a successful candidate should come to Macao and report duty to Supervisor within six months from date of the support confirmation notice; otherwise, the offer will be cancelled.
Based on equity, the Postdoctoral Council will provide each postdoctoral fellow a fund of 150,000 RMB per year and Macao will provide 180,000 MOP per year. The period of financial support lasts for two years. The research funding from Postdoctoral Council is derived from a central government allocation while the funding from Macao is provided by the Supervisor through research project funding. The funding is a subsidy for the scholar’s living expenses, accommodation, medical insurance, and transportation costs.
The Supervisor’s Macao home institution should assist the Appointed Scholar in purchasing medical insurance on his/her own. The Scholar may choose to live in dormitories operated by the Macao institution (Scholar is responsible for his/her own accommodation fees) or to make one’s own accommodation arrangement. Supervisor in Macao will be responsible for other expenses of the Scholar such as consumables, equipment, official visitation, attending international conferences, etc.
7.Eligibility Criteria of Supervisor
Persons who are holding full-time faculty positions at the rank of Associate Professor or above in Macao government-recognized universities, currently conducting international-level research, having experience in supervising PhD students and/or postdoctoral fellows, and willing to provide training to doctoral fellows are eligible to be Supervisors. The proposed research project should be in one of the focused research areas as listed in Section 4 and the available research funding must be adequate to provide full subsidies for the Macao Young Scholar.
Program Academic Committee will be responsible for reviewing the supervisors’ academic qualifications, research facilities, and project funding supports. Program Secretariat has the right to request respective universities to assist in reviewing.
8.Assessment of Macao Young Scholars and Return Arrangement
Macao universities participating in the Scholars Program will conduct annual assessment of the Macao Young Scholars. The scholars, together with their supervisors, need to submit annual reports detailing research outputs and financial expenses to both the Postdoctoral Council and the Program Secretariat.
Macao Young Scholar should submit a final report to Macao universities and secretariat of the program before he/she exits the Postdoctoral Station. With the final report, MAPST will evaluate the Macao Young Scholar’s overall performance. If the result is satisfactory, a confirmation letter will be sent to the Macao Young Scholar to assist his/her return to Mainland. The Macao Young Scholar should go back to his/her Mainland institution to complete the exit station process within two months.
9.Management of Academic Results
Intellectual property rights of research results and outputs produced in Macao will be handled according to the contract signed between the Scholar and the appointing Macao institution. Priority of intellectual right transfer is given to the Scholar’s Mainland home institution. In any announcement of research result or paper published based on outcomes of the Scholars Program, the Scholar’s Macao appointing institution should be listed first in the affiliation(s), and the Macao Young Scholars Program must be explicitly acknowledged.
Within three years from the completion of the project, any related results derived as outcomes of the Program project need to be reported to the Postdoctoral Research Foundation and the Program Secretariat.
Appointed Scholars normally sign contracts with their Mainland home institutions before they leave for appointments in Macao (sometimes, guaranteeing deposits are required). For a Macao Young Scholar who does not submit annual report on time, the stipend from the Postdoctoral Council will be suspended. If the annual report is overdue for more than three months, the research project will be automatically terminated and the appointment cannot continue. If the final report is overdue for more than three months, the Macao Young Scholar will not be able to complete the exit station process in Mainland. If a Macao Young Scholar does not perform properly at work or chooses to withdraw from the Program, the Macao Supervisor should inform the Program Secretariat and the Postdoctoral Council within one month.
2.Research Project Extension
Based on development of the research project, if a Scholar needs to extend his/her stay in Macao, he/she should apply for approval from both Postdoctoral Council and MAPST. The period of extension cannot exceed one year, and during the period, the subsidies provided cannot be less than the Program standard. The Supervisor is responsible for all costs during the extension period.
3.About Academic Exchanges
With the aim to follows up on research progress and achievements, and to enhance academic exchange among the Scholars, MAPST will hold annual academic meetings on a regular basis.