HKU 2022 Summer Research Programme

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) 2022 Summer Research Programme (“the Programme”) is now open for application!  It is a research programme to provide elite students with 10 weeks of intense research training together with extra-curriculum activities. Outstanding students who are interested in pursuing research postgraduate studies at HKU are encouraged to apply.

The application for Summer Research Programme 2022 is now closed.




Online: Week 1-2
- Coordination with mentor to prepare the research topic and research plan via online communications

On-campus: Week 3-10
Week 3
- Orientation, department check-in, lab safety trainings (if any)
- ​Individual research work with the guidance from the mentor
- ​Peer Seminars: project plan presentations
- ​Student residential hall check-in (if applicable)

Week 4-8
- Individual research work with the guidance from the mentor
- Research training seminars and experiential learning workshops
- Teambuilding activities

Week 9
- Individual research work with the guidance from the mentor
- Peer Seminars: project summary presentations

Week 10
- Completing the project summary report for online submission
- Programme completion ceremony
Student residential hall check-out (if applicable)

  • One-to-one mentorship with an eminent professor
    Successful applicants will be supervised by an eminent professor in HKU to plan and carry out a research project. The Programme office will help participants match with mentors based on participants’ given priorities.

  • Up to HK$20,000 financial support for each participant
    Financial support will be provided to participants to subsidize the airfare, accomodation and other expenses on a reimbursement basis and to reward excellence. The support for each participant is up to HK$20,0001. The details would be announced later.

  • Possible conditional offer of an HKU Presidential PhD Scholar Programme (HKU-PS) 
    A conditional offer of an HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship will be given to participants who have completed the Programme with outstanding performance. The HKU-PS programme is a prestigious scholarship programme for talents from around the world to pursue full-time PhD studies at HKU. It offers the most prestigious scholarship package up to HK$418,400 (US$53,640) in the first year, and up to HK$398,400 (US$51,070) in each of the subsequent years during the normative study period. Please refer
     here for the programme details of HKU-PS.

  • Option for on-campus accommodation
    Participants will have an option to stay in a HKU student residential hall at their own expenses during the 8-week on-campus research training. The hall charges for last year 2021 can be referred 
    here.  Hall charges for this year 2022 will be emailed to admitted applicants once finalized.

    1. *The amount may be adjusted pending approval of budget.

  • Eligibility
    Undergraduate students in year 3 or year 4 or final year with CGPA 3.6 or above (or equivalent); or students in master’s degree programme with a Bachelor’s degree in 1st Class Honours (or equivalent)
    who are interested to apply for PhD programmes at HKU.

    Students who will be staying in Hong Kong during the period of the Programme.  Both local and non-local students are welcome. 

  • Selection Criteria
    - Outstanding academic performance
    - Strong interest in research postgraduate studies
    - Previous research experience
    - Interest in interdisciplinary studies
    - High English proficiency
    - Mature and independent

    2. For applicants majoring in the following fields, students in master's degree programme are preferred:
       - Arts
       - Education (except for Speech and Hearing Sciences)
       - Social Sciences (except for Psychology)


Date Event
January 31, 2022 Deadline for online application
Mid February, 2022 Online Interviews for shortlisted candidates
Late February, 2022 Notification of result
March-May, 2022 Non-local students applying for study visa
June 6 to August 12, 2022  2022 Summer Research Programme


  • ​Required information (Please have your supporting documents ready when applying. You may need around 10 minutes to complete this application.)

Items Supporting Documents
(please have the following documents ready when applying)
Basic Information for Personal Identification (name, contact information, etc)

Proof of applicant's identity will be required at the interview

Education Qualification

Copies of certificates and academic transcripts in English of your UG and/or Master programme (as specified in the application form):

The documents should indicate
- Full name of school
- Full name of applicant
- GPA, class ranking, etc.

Copies of official score report of English language proficiency tests for applicants from institutions outside HK where the language of instruction and examination is not entirely in English.

Research Experience - Curriculum Vitae (CV) highlighting your academic achievement, research experience and professional credentials
Additional Information

Two-part Essay

Part 1: Personal Statement (300-500 words)
Write an essay describing:​​
- Your reason for applying to the HKU Summer Research Programme.
- What do you hope to gain from this experience?
- ​Your short & long-term career goals​
- ​The HKU Programmes that interest you

Part 2: Summer Research Interest (100-200 words)
Please browse HKU research topics on HKU department webpages. Write an essay describing:
- General research topics that interest you
- ​Areas you would like to focus on this summer
- Please note: DO NOT name a specific faculty member in the essay, as this essay will be forwarded to different professors for mentor matching if and when you are admitted into the Programme

Application Fee There will be a non-refundable application fee of HK$150.


Students are advised to submit the visa application, if needed, as soon as you receive a confirmation letter from Graduate School. Please click here for more details about student visa application. For inquiries, please contact here.

Students are also reminded to pay attention to any special arrangements due to COVID. For most updated information by the HKSAR Government, please visit

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