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Inbound Research Mobility Scheme 2017-18

Deadline: Thursday, 13 April 2017

The Inbound Research Mobility Scheme encourages the development of individual research with leaders in frontier research in different fields through enabling and supporting inbound research visits from universities and institutions overseas. The programme supports inbound visiting scholars from overseas universities to undertake short-term research visits of up to seven nights at CUHK. The visiting faculty members may participate in academic activities of exploratory and developmental nature, including but not limited to, developing research collaborations with CUHK faculty members, delivering seminars, and engaging in academic exchanges and meetings with faculty members and students of CUHK.

Scope of Support

Hotel/on-campus accommodation will be provided to the selected inbound visiting faculty members for up to seven nights.


a) Academic staff members holding full-time employment from all disciplines in overseas universities and institutions are welcome to apply. Priority is given for visits from Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)* member institutions and institutions connected to the University’s strategic priorities.

b) The visit shall be carried out and completed between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.

c) The applications must be endorsed by the relevant heads of departments/units and faculty deans/directors of institutes to confirm that on-going collaboration in the proposed research area will be supported.

Other Arrangements

Award holders will be responsible for arranging the practicalities of the visit, including but not limited to, traveling plans, visa application, and travel, personal health and hospitalisation insurance coverage1 as required.

Application Procedures

At the time of application, applicants should have made connection with a host collaborator at CUHK and have identified a research area(s) of mutual interest for further exploration during the visit. The proposed activities to be conducted during the visit should be planned according to the focus of the applicant’s research and align with potential research collaboration with individuals in the host department at CUHK. Applicants should work with the host collaborator to devise a detailed plan of the visit, including information of the activities to be undertaken and people whom they will meet. 

Applicants should complete an online application form and submit supporting documents by Thursday, 13 April 2017: 

The following documents should be submitted online:

a) Invitation letter from the CUHK host collaborator (The host should clearly specify his/her involvement in the applicant’s visit, in addition to the logistics support he/she will provide to the applicant). 

b) Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae with publication records. 

c) Copy of notification of financial support for the proposed visit and research collaboration with CUHK, if any. 

The application should be supported by the heads of home department, host department/units and faculty deans/directors of institutes at CUHK. The endorsement form (download here) should be completed and returned by email (c/o Ms. Olivia Kwok – Faculty Mobility Schemes; in pdf format. 


Incomplete applications will not be considered.  

Selection Guidelines

a) Priority will be given to applications which involve early-stage collaborative research projects with the CUHK collaborator.

b) Priority will be given for visits from WUN* member institutions and institutions connected to the University’s strategic priorities.

c) Applications for repeated visits to CUHK will be considered on grounds of justification and on a case-by-case basis.

d) Applications from the same institution to the same host department/unit at CUHK for the same or similar purpose/research topic will be considered on grounds of justification and on a case-by-case basis.

e) Past award holders will be accorded lower priority.

f) Applications from academic staff members who are serving as a visiting scholar at CUHK during the proposed visit will not be considered generally.

g) Applications without a concrete visit programme and a well-defined purpose of visit will not be considered.

h) Applications of a learning nature will not be supported.

Selection Procedures

a) Applicants will be notified of the results by July 2017.

b) Selection for the Inbound Research Mobility Scheme will be made by the Selection Committee for Faculty and Postgraduate Student Mobility Schemes, which reserves final authority over the selection of candidates taking into account recommendations from the heads of host departments/units and faculty deans/directors of institutes at CUHK, and the availability of funds. The decision of the Selection Committee for Faculty and Postgraduate Student Mobility Schemes will be final and will not be open for appeal. Documents submitted will not be returned. Applicants not selected are welcome to respond to future calls for application.

Post-Visit Report

Host collaborator at CUHK are required to submit a post-visit report within 30 days upon completion of the incoming award holders' visit. The report should be endorsed by the appropriate authorities at CUHK. To access the “Post-Visit Report Form”, please click here.

Programme Guidelines and Forms

Applicants can access the Programme Guidelines, online application form, endorsement form and post-visit report form from the following links:


For enquiries, please contact Ms. Olivia Kwok, Office of Academic Links, on 3943-1315 or at

1 Award holders are responsible for purchasing adequate insurance to cover for their visits. The University is not liable for any loss, damage, cost, or expense whatsoever incurred by or attributable to any action or omission by any of the award holders in accordance with this scheme.


* CUHK is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). Other members of WUN include University of Alberta, Canada; The University of Auckland, New Zealand; University of Basel, Switzerland; University of Bergen, Norway; University of Bristol, UK; University of Cape Town, South Africa; University of Ghana, Ghana; University of Leeds, UK; Maastricht University, The Netherlands; University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA; The University of Nairobi, Kenya; National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan; Renmin University of China, China; University of Rochester, USA; The University of Sheffield, UK; University of Southampton, UK; The University of Sydney, Australia; The University of Western Australia, Australia; University of York, UK; and Zhejiang University, China.

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Last Updated on 2 February 2017

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