Global Research

Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence for 2017-18

(For CUHK & Visiting PhD Students)

Deadline: 5 April 2017, Wednesday

The Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence was launched in 2007 with a generous funding provided by CNOOC. The programme aims to enhance research excellence at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) through building and strengthening the University’s ties with leading research universities and institutes around the world and to increase the visibility of CUHK as a world-class research university through student mobility. It allows students to enrich their learning experience and facilitates research collaborations between faculty members at CUHK and their international counterparts.

The programme provides basic funding support to PhD students to undertake short-term research visits to/from one of the following selected institutions, including the member institutions of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) to which CUHK belongs.

  • Brown University, USA
  • California Institute of Technology, USA
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
  • ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Hanyang University, South Korea
  • Harvard University, USA
  • Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM), France
  • Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Maastricht University, The Netherlands*
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • National Institutes of Health, USA
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Princeton University, USA
  • Stanford University, USA
  • The Australian National University, Australia
  • The University of Auckland, New Zealand*
  • The University of British Columbia, Canada
  • The University of Chicago, USA
  • The University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA*
  • The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • The University of Nairobi, Kenya*
  • The University of Sydney, Australia*
  • The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • The University of Western Australia, Australia*
  • University of Alberta, Canada*
  • University of Bergen, Norway*
  • University of Bristol, UK*
  • University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • University of Cape Town, South Africa*
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • University of Exeter, UK
  • University of Ghana, Ghana*
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • University of Leeds, UK*
  • University of Manchester, UK
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • University of Rochester, USA*
  • University of Sheffield, UK*
  • University of Southampton, UK*
  • University of Southern California, USA
  • University of Sussex, UK
  • University of Toronto, Canada
  • University of York, UK*
  • Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Waseda University, Japan
  • Washington University in St. Louis, USA
  • Yale University, USA

* Member universities of the Worldwide Universities Network to which CUHK belongs.

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Eligibility

CUHK PhD Students

a) Applicants must be registered full-time PhD students at CUHK at the time of application and during the research visit. Priority will be given to applicants who will be in their 3rd or 4th year of study when they undertake the visit.

b) The research visit shall last for a minimum of three months and a maximum of six months. It shall be carried out and completed between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, and prior to the submission of final thesis.

c) Applicants should possess a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or above. The selection for the award will be based on academic merit.

d) Applicants must present a clear proposal for high impact research under the supervision of a host at one of the above institutions. The proposal should show connection to the applicants’ thesis.

e) For applications to WUN member institutions, special considerations will be given to research that falls within one of the four WUN Global Challenges, i.e. Global Higher Education and Research; Public Health (Non-communicable Disease); Responding to Climate Change; and Understanding Cultures. To learn more about the WUN Global Challenges, please refer to http://www.wun.ac.uk/wun/globalchallenges.

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

g) Past award holders of the Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence and PhD Student Exchange Programme will be accorded lower priority in the assessment. Those who have been awarded twice are not eligible to apply.

Other factors which may be taken into consideration include:

h) Output from previous joint activities/exchange activities with the host institution/supervisor.

Visiting PhD Students

a) Applicants must be registered full-time PhD students at one of the above institutions at the time of application and during the research visit.

b) The research visit shall last for at least one month. It shall be carried out and completed between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, and prior to the submission of final thesis.

c) Applicants must present a clear proposal for high impact research under the supervision of a host at CUHK.

d) For applications from WUN member institutions, special considerations will be given to research that falls within one of the four WUN Global Challenges, i.e. Global Higher Education and Research; Public Health (Non-communicable Disease); Responding to Climate Change; and Understanding Cultures. To learn more about the WUN Global Challenges, please refer to http://www.wun.ac.uk/wun/globalchallenges.

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

f) Past award holders of the Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence and PhD Student Exchange Programme will be accorded lower priority in the assessment. Those who have been awarded twice are not eligible to apply.

Other factors which may be taken into consideration include:

g) Academic performance of the applicants.

h) Output from previous joint activities/exchange activities with CUHK/host supervisor.

Terms of Award

CUHK PhD Students

a) The value of the award will vary based on the duration and destination of visit. Normally the amount will range from HK$15,000 to HK$50,000. The award is meant to cover part of the travel cost and living expense at the host institution. Applicants are reminded to learn more about the costs required for the visit during the planning stage.

b) Award holders will be responsible for arranging the practicalities of the visit, including but not limited to traveling plans, visa application, accommodation, and health and medical insurance coverage as required.

c) Award holders will normally be covered under the “CUHK’s Group Travel Insurance (Students and Postgraduate Studentship Holder)”. Details of the plan can be found at https://www.cuhk.edu.hk/bursary/student/restricted/insurance/bus_insurance.html. Award holders are advised to purchase additional travel insurance as deemed necessary1.

d) Award holders may be eligible for an in-residence leave with full postgraduate studentship support to cover other expenses. For more information please contact the Graduate School Office.

Visiting PhD Students

a) Award holders will receive free on-campus housing at CUHK during the visit on a shared room basis. (The housing will be extended to the award holders only and will not be extended to any accompanying partner and/or dependent of the award holders).

b) Award holders will be responsible for arranging the practicalities of their visit, including but not limited to traveling plans, visa application, health and medical insurance, and travel insurance1. Applicants are reminded to learn more about the costs required for the visit during the planning stage.

Application Procedures

Applicants should complete an online application form and submit supporting documents by 5 April 2017, Wednesday:

For CUHK PhD Students

The following documents should be submitted online:

  • Invitation letter from the host supervisor (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).
  • All transcripts of academic report of postgraduate studies.
  • Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae.
  • Copy of notification of financial support for the proposed visit, if any. 

For Visiting PhD Students

The following documents should be submitted online:

  • Supporting letter from the home thesis supervisor.
  • All transcripts of academic report of postgraduate studies.
  • Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae.
  • Copy of notification of financial support for the proposed visit, if any. 
The application should be supported by the CUHK thesis/host supervisor and head of CUHK department. The recommendation and endorsement form should be completed and returned by email (c/o Ms. Olivia Kwok – Global Scholarship Programme; mobilityscheme@cuhk.edu.hk) in pdf format.

Only one award will be made to each applicant. Applicants will be notified of the results by July 2017.

Incomplete application will NOT be considered.

Programme Guidelines and Forms

Applicants can access the programme guidelines, online application form, recommendation and endorsement form, and post-visit report form from the following links:

For CUHK PhD Students

For Visiting PhD Students

Information Session

An information session on the PhD Student Mobility Schemes will be held on 22 February 2017 (Wednesday) at 3pm at Rm 403, Wu Ho Man Yuen Building. Students interested in applying are encouraged to attend and learn more about the schemes. Registration can be made at https://webapp.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/ras/restricted/event?id=5576.

Enquiries

For enquiries about the programme, please contact Ms. Olivia Kwok, Office of Academic Links, on 3943-1315 or at oliviakwok@cuhk.edu.hk. For enquiries about leave entitlement, please contact the Graduate School Office at gradschool@cuhk.edu.hk.

 1Award holders are responsible for purchasing adequate insurance to cover for their visit. 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 programme.

 

Last updated on 18 January 2017

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