Australia-China Young Researchers Exchange Program

3 Feb 2014
Australia-China Young Researchers Exchange Program

Summary and scope of the program

This annual exchange scheme for young researchers between Australia and China was managed by the Go8 Office in 2012 and 2013.

In 2012 and 2013 it supported exchange between the two countries of up to 16 Chinese participants and up to 16 Australian participants from all universities/research institutions respectively.

This program was a joint initiative funded by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). It was supported by the Australia-China Science and Research Fund. In Australia the program was managed by the Group of Eight (Go8) office. The Chinese managing institution was the China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC).

Objectivities of the program

  • Facilitate future long term science and research collaboration between Australia and China by bringing together future research leaders from both countries in order to foster long term relationships; and
  • Develop early and mid-career Australian and Chinese researchers by increasing their understanding of the cultures, and particularly the science and research practices and systems, of the two countries and developing their leadership skills as future “science ambassadors” for Australia and China.

Funding information / eligible expenses for Australian participants

Each Australian participant was funded for eligible costs for this exchange, including his/her return economy airfares from Australia to China, visa application fees, and travel insurance. The program covered all Australian participants’ accommodation, meals, costs incurred to attend orientation/debriefing sessions, and domestic travels during their two-week stay in China.

Activities of participants during/after the exchange

Australian participants:

  • traveled as a group to China in the given period 1 to 14 September 2013;
  • attended an orientation session upon arrival in China;
  • were placed in at least one, and no more than three, appropriate research institutions in China for a total period of two weeks;
  • attended a debriefing session and give a report on their two-week exchange experience before their departure from China.

Eligibility of Australian participants

Australian participants must:

  • be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents;
  • be early to mid-career researchers. An “early to mid-career researcher” is defined as: A researcher who has had between 3 and 10 years of research experience since the award of his/her PhD (or equivalent research qualification), with the PhD having been awarded between 3 and 15 years at the closing date for submission of applications;
  • be employed in an Australian research institution (i.e. universities, publicly-funded research agencies, or research-intensive businesses) in one of the approved research fields (including natural sciences, and engineering);
  • have shown the potential to become leaders in the research community; and
  • have no established links with China (including through living, studying or working in China), or have initial contacts, assumed to have high impact, if developed further.

Assessment criteria for Australian participants

The criteria used in assessing Australian applications included:

  • the experience and track record of the participating researchers;
  • the quality of their past and current research projects;
  • the potential of their research projects to collaborate with China and to result in outcomes of mutual benefit to both countries;
  • the potential to become leaders in the research community;
  • the added value (to the discipline, institution and wider society) from the cooperation; and
  • the potential to become leaders in the research community.

Application key dates for Australian participants to exchange in 2013

Applications for exchanges during 2013 opened on 8 April 2013 and closed on 16 June 2013.

Further information about this program

Requests for further information about the scheme should be directed to each institution's research office (or other single authorised central office within the institution) in the first instance.

Further information may be obtained from the Go8 office:

Phone: +61 2 6239 5488