Mgr. Ondřej Klimeš, Ph.D.

  • history and politics of modern China and Xinjiang
  • Uyghur national movement before 1949
  • ideology, propaganda, and cultural diplomacy of China
  • 2004 – 2012    PhD, Institute of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Charles University in Prague
  • 2013 - present        Research fellow, Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • 2011 – 2013            Post-doctoral fellow, Chiang Ching-kuo International Sinological Centre at Charles University in Prague
  • 2011 – 2015            Assistant Professor, Institute of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Charles University in Prague
  • 1999 – 2000            Researcher in Chinese numismatics, Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures in Prague



  • September 2010 - July 2011      Fulbright-Masaryk Scholarship for Graduate Studies, Indiana University in Bloomington, advisor Gardner Bovingdon
  • March – August 2010                   Research grant of the Center for Chinese Studies, Taipei, Taiwan; project Emergence of Modern Uyghur Identity                                                      
  • July 2008                                        China in the World: 2008 Postgraduate Summer School, Centre for East Asian StudiesUniversity of Bristol, Bristol, Great Britain
  • April 2008                                       Travel grant of the Chiang Ching-kuo International Sinological Centre, Prague; survey of primary sources related to Xinjiang history in Taiwan archives
  • 2007 – 2009                                  Research grant of the Chiang Ching-kuo International Sinological Centre, Prague; project Forming Identities in Sinic Cultural Sphere  in the 20th Century (co-recipient)
  • 2002 – 2003                                  Language study in Chengdu, People’s Republic of China
  • 2000 – 2001                                  Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship, study of Uyghur language at the Xinjiang University, Urumchi, People’s Republic of China
  • 1998 – 1999                                  Scholarship of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China, study at the Mandarin Training Center, Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan



  • 2019 – 2023        grantee of the Lumina quaeruntur award of the Czech Academy of Sciences, research project Balancing the Interests: Correlations of Ethnic and Foreign Policy in Contemporary China. Co-investigator Dr. Jarmila Ptáčková (Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences).
  • 2016 –                  external partner in the project Between Homogenization and Fragmentation: Textual Practices as Strategies of Integration and Identity Maintenance among the Uyghurs of Xinjiang, China (20th‒21st centuries), University of Copanhagen, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
  • 2015 –                  Power and Strategies of Social and Political Control, research project funded by the Czech Academy of Sciences; principal investigator ( )
  • 2015 – 2018       Library Acquisition Grant, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (LA001-EU-14); principal investigator
  • 2015 – 2017       Cultural Diplomacy of China: the role of non-state actors and regional variation; Czech Science Foundation (GAČR GA15-21829S - 2015-2017, GA0/GA); co-investigator