Global Research

PhD Student Exchange Programme 2017-18

(For CUHK PhD students)

Deadline: 5 April 2017, Wednesday 

The PhD Student Exchange Programme is designed 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 CUHK PhD students to undertake short-term research visits in one of the following selected institutions, including two member institutions of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)* to which CUHK belongs.

WUN* members

  • University of Bristol (Bristol), UK
  • University of Leeds (Leeds), UK

Non-WUN members

  • Brown University (Brown), USA
  • Utrecht University (UU), the Netherlands
  • Karolinska Institutet (KI), Sweden


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 except for KI which shall last for a minimum of one month 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 Karolinska Institutet, the programme is open to PhD students from Life Sciences, Medicine, and Psychology. To view the available disciplines at Karolinska Institutet, please visit:

f) 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

g) 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.

h) 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:

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

Applications which are not chosen by the PhD Student Exchange Programme will automatically be considered under the Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence for 2017–18.

Terms of Award

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 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.

Application Procedures

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

The following documents should be submitted online:

  1. 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).

  2.  All transcripts of academic report of postgraduate studies at CUHK.

  3.  Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae.

  4.  Copy of notification of financial support for the proposed visit to the host institution, if any.

The application should be supported by the CUHK thesis supervisor and head of department. The recommendation and endorsement form should be completed and returned by email (c/o Ms. Olivia Kwok – PhD Student Exchange Programme; in pdf format.

*Notes for application to the University of Leeds:

Applicants are required to copy their request to the following persons when approaching their potential host supervisors at the University of Leeds:

- Law: Karin Houkes (email: Leeds International Office (email:

- Other disciplines (except Law): Leeds International Office (email:

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.

Number of Awards

Up to 10 awards will be made in 2017-18 to support research attachments at the above institutions. Each host institution will receive two PhD students from CUHK for exchange.

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:

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


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

1Award 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 Programme.


* 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 18 January 2017

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