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EACOA Fellowship Program 2016 (Jul. 09, 2015)

The 2016 East Asian Core Observatories Association (EACOA)
Research Fellowship Program
(Jul. 09, 2015)


To promote East Asian regional astronomy research cooperation, the East Asian Core Observatory Association (EACOA) encourages and supports highly qualified young researchers from all over the world to come and conduct joint research activities with colleagues at the EACOA member institutes.

The EACOA Fellowships are research fellowships at the postdoctoral level. EACOA Fellowship grant is awarded to support an individual Fellow's research program. Fellows are expected to work full-time on their research programs, and to be in residence in at least two EACOA member Institutions during the period of the Fellowship appointment.

The Fellowship Program is administrated for EACOA by the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC). Awards will be made to support each EACOA Fellow directly by the NAOC.

I. Eligibility Requirements

  1. EACOA Fellowship applicants can be of any nationality, and must have obtained their PhD in Astronomy or equivalent degree in the related fields within 5 years prior to the expected start date of the fellowship.
  2. The EACOA Fellow must be in residence in at least two EACOA member institutions during his or her fellowship tenure and must spend at least one year at each institute.
  3. Applicants must have sufficient conversational ability in English to prevent difficulties during their research activities at the EACOA institutes.

II. Duration of Fellowships

The EACOA Fellowship is a 3–year appointment, subject to annual review and renewable for an additional 2 years, up to a total of 5-years.

Renewals for the fourth and fifth years will be based on a review of the annual report, but will require demonstration of significant research accomplishments.

Renewal requests will be reviewed by the EACOA Fellowship Program Committee and are subject to availability of EACOA funds and approval by the EACOA Directors' Council.

III. Host Institutions

The EACOA Fellows are free to select at least two host institutions from the EACOA member institutions, in which to carry out their research. Wherever the EACOA Fellows reside, the fellows will have the opportunity to access all research facilities run by the EACOA member institutes, including the LAMOST, Subaru Telescope, ALMA, etc. The EACOA Fellow must spend at least one year at each of the host institutes.

IV. Application Procedure

Applications should be submitted through the on-line submission site:

The EACOA Secretariat Office cannot entertain requests for waivers of the eligibility requirements and other conditions, listed in the Fellowship Announcement, and will not respond to such requests.

All application documents must be received by November 15, 2015, at the latest.

V. Application Documents

Please combine all of the following application documents (1~5) - A4 in size in pdf format - into one file and submit it through the online submission site:

  • All documents must be type-written in English. Documents written in any language other than English are not accepted.
  • Submitted applications which do not contain all of the required documents will be automatically rejected.
  • The EACOA Secretariat reserves the right to request additional documents if necessary.
  • All documents received will become the property of the EACOA, and will not be returned.

After receiving the application documents, the EACOA Secretariat will send an acknowledgement to the applicants. The EACOA Secretariat will not respond to individual inquiry concerning the status/arrival of application documents.

Application Documents

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Brief summary of past research and/or instrumentation experiences
  3. Future research plan
    Applicant should describe this document by oneself. This should include detailed information on the purpose, objective, methodology, contents, and schedule of the proposed research program. The research plan must be discussed in detail with the host scientists, and the planned content must be consistent with the research activities and facilities of the host institutions. Relevance to the EACOA institutions research activities including theoretical, observational and instrumental research will be considered.
  4. Letters of endorsement
    Applicant must arrange for his/her research plan to be endorsed by research staff members of the host institutions. The letters of endorsement must be obtained by the applicant and must be uploaded with the above mentioned other application documents. We encourage the intended applicant contact researchers at the EACOA institutions well in advance to discuss the research plan. Lists of contact addresses of research staff at EACOA Institutes can be obtained at the following URLs.
  5. Complete List of Publications
    This should include full details of the publication: when and where published, co- authors' names (where applicable), size and number of pages, etc. Please indicate in red the title of any publications on the list which the applicant considers them to be his/her most important publication(s).
  6. Names and contact information (i.e. e-mail addresses) of three references
    The reference letters should be submitted through the online application system by the referees themselves by the deadline of this application, November 15, 2015.

VI. Screening & Notification of the Result of Application

  1. Applications are reviewed by the EACOA Fellowship Program Committee based on academic achievements and excellence of the proposed research program.
  2. The results will be sent directly to the applicants (We expect it before the end of February, 2016 or earlier).
  3. The NAOC, on behalf of the EACOA, will send a Grant Letter to successful applicants.
  4. The EACOA does not issue announcements concerning the screening progress, nor will the EACOA respond to inquiries concerning the status of such applications.
  5. When the decisions of the EACOA Directors Council are announced, the EACOA will neither announce the reasons for the decision nor respond to individual inquiry concerning results.
  6. The host institute will, upon the arrival of the successful applicants, send a notification letter to NAOC in order to start the payment procedure.

VII. Fellowship Details


The following financial support is provided to successful applicants. Under no circumstances is any part of the fellowships transferable to any other persons or other items.

  • For the year 2016 program, a monthly allowance of equivalent to US$5,000, will be paid as a fellowship award by the EACOA.
  • In addition to this:
  • Research funds equivalent to US$20,000 (exact amount may vary depending on the conditions and availability of the research funds of the host institute) per year will be provided by the host institute.
  • Relocation expenses of US$4,000 will be provided by the EACOA.
  • Additional support for housing, travel, etc. may be available depending on the conditions set by the host institute.
    Email Address for Inquiries:
  • eacoafellowship_replace2@_nao.cas.cn
  • naoj.global_replace2@_gmail.com
  • eacoakasi_replace2@_kasi.re.kr
  • asiaa_replace2@_asiaa.sinica.edu.tw