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Fully Funded Croucher Studentships tenable in Hong Kong

Croucher Studentships tenable in Hong Kong 2021

  • Hong Kong Institutions
  • Fully Funded
  • Hong Kong
  • Any Subject
  • International Students
  • November 16, 2020

Applications are invited for Fully Funded Croucher Studentships tenable in Hong Kong 2021.


The Croucher Foundation is a private endowment set up in 1979 and permanently domiciled in Hong Kong, with the objective of promoting excellence in the natural sciences, technology and medicine in Hong Kong. One of the Foundation’s regular funding initiatives is to provide financial support for promising young people in Hong Kong to pursue scientific research at postdoctoral and doctoral levels.


Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • an annual cash award (currently at HK$ 80,000 per annum)
  • an academic development allowance of up to HK$ 15,600 per annum to allow recipients to attend conferences, workshops or courses during the tenure of their awards
  • a science education allowance to offer support to those Croucher award recipients particularly interested in science education through well-designed activities and projects in schools and in the wider community

Croucher Research Studentships can be held concurrently with a university postgraduate studentship or another award.

Duration of awards

A Studentship will cover only up to and including the third year of the relevant PhD studies programme. This does not therefore necessarily mean that all recipients will get three years of support, e.g. an applicant starting the Studentship from the second year of his/her PhD study will get only two years of support, starting from the third year of PhD will get one year, etc.

The length of the award will be explicitly stated in the grant letter when the offer is made. If the award is for more than one year, the candidate will in the first instance be “on probation” for one year, and the award for the remaining period is entirely at the Foundation’s discretion subject to confirmation upon evidence of satisfactory progress in the first year.

All awards will be subject to the applicant’s acceptance by the institution in which he/she proposes to work.


Croucher Studentships tenable in Hong Kong awards are intended for those engaged in full-time study leading to a PhD degree. Applicants must have obtained First Class Honours in their first degree. Otherwise they must obtain substantively an MPhil degree by September 2021 to become eligible (MPhil transfer to doctoral candidature is not considered as equivalent). Students in their final year of first degree may also apply, but any offer of award will be conditional on their obtaining First Class Honours upon their graduation by July 2021.


For Croucher Studentships tenable in Hong Kong, applicants are required to submit the following documents in PDF format (each not exceeding 8MB) have been uploaded to your application:

  • a document, up to 6 pages in length, including:
    • a proposal describing the research to be undertaken which should include the names of potential supervisors and their research groups. To ensure fairness in competition to all applicants, a proposal once submitted cannot be amended
    • a description of the candidate’s research experience, and a list of publications
  • copies of the applicant’s HKCEE and HKALE or HKDSE certificates (or equivalent qualifications) and copies of official transcripts of his/her university records
  • copies of reprints of the applicant’s three most significant publications (if applicable)
  • one set of relevant documentation to provide proof of identity in respect of the applicant’s status as a permanent resident of Hong Kong which is pre-requisite to the award