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The Science & Technology Fellowship Programme in China (STF China) is the pilot phase of an EU action in the People's Republic of China aiming at building bridges between the EU and the People's Republic of China in the Science & Technology domain. STF China will promote mobility of EU researchers towards the Chinese research and development area. This will enable EU researchers knowledgeable about the Chinese language and research culture to successfully develop meaningful and long-lasting contacts with their Chinese counterparts.

The STF China Programme consists of two intakes of 30 EU researchers in Chinese host institutions. The intake is planned for 24 months, including a two-day pre-departure briefing in Brussels, a six-month tailor-made Chinese language and research culture training in Beijing followed by an I8-month research period in a Chinese host organisation. The Programme will be implemented through centralised direct management with overall management responsibility of the EC Delegation to China and Mongolia.

The first and second intakes of the Science and Technology Fellowship Programme together constitute a Preparatory Action which will allow the European Commission to prepare proposals with a view to the adoption of future actions of this kind.

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