PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (2): 174-182.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2018.02.001

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Young Scientist Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China in geography

Xizhang GAO1,4(), Wenjie FAN2, Shuying LENG3,*()   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Nature Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
    3. National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing 100085, China
    4. Jiangsu Center for Collaborative Innovation in Geographical Information Resource Development and Application, Nanjing 21023, China
  • Received:2017-08-30 Revised:2018-01-30 Online:2018-02-28 Published:2018-02-28
  • Contact: Shuying LENG;


This study focused on the Young Scientist Fund in geography supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) from 1987 to 2016. Through the collection and analysis of information including applicants' profile, supporting institution, and follow-up funding, this study revealed the Young Scientist Fund support for the sub-disciplines of geography and their regional distribution characteristics. The gender, age, affiliation, and academic title of the project managers and their abilities to generate further funding from the NSFC were also analyzed. The 30 years' implementation of the Young Scientist Fund helped to bring up a great number of outstanding young scholars in various sub-disciplines of geography, which has laid a solid foundation for the cultivation of talents in geography in China.

Key words: National Natural Science Foundation of China, Young Scientist Fund, geography, follow-up funding, time series analysis