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International Joint Supervision of PhD Students Scheme
Bidding for Provost’s Strategic Allocation of Centrally-funded RPg Places for 2024–25 Admission

(For CUHK Faculty Members)

Deadline: 23 February 2024, Friday

Internationalisation is a key priority in the University’s pursuit of research excellence. Research output from international collaboration tends to yield higher citation and greater impact. As part of CUHK’s internationalisation strategy underlined in the Strategic Plan (CUHK 2025), the University must enhance its global engagement to improve output, increase visibility, and demonstrate impact in order to stay competitive. This will in turn strengthen CUHK’s reputation and reinforce its position as a world-class university.

Joint supervision of PhD students is one of the most effective and efficient tools to drive and foster international research collaboration, in addition to bringing a highly valued learning opportunity to students. To encourage faculty members to engage in joint supervision of PhD students with their international peers, 15 PhD places have been earmarked for competitive bidding under the Provost’s Strategic Allocation of Centrally-funded Research Postgraduate (RPg) places for 2024-25 admission. Under which, the PhD students would be required to undertake research attachments of at least six months with the host supervisors at the partner institutions to support the joint research between their CUHK supervisors and their collaborators abroad.


Partners & Strategic Areas for Collaboration

The current round of bidding supports collaborative research projects with priority partners primarily in the four strategic research areas identified in CUHK 2025, which are China: Tradition and Modernity; Innovative Biomedicine; Information and Automation Technology; and Environment and Sustainability. Projects which do not fall within the four areas may also be considered.

The priority partners for the current round of application include: 

  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • The University of Chicago, USA
  • The University of Manchester, UK
  • The University of Queensland, Australia
  • The University of Sydney, Australia
  • University College London, UK
  • University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • University of California, San Diego, USA
  • University of Exeter, UK
  • University of Toronto, Canada
  • Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • Others (see below)

While the current round of application will focus on the priority partners listed above, strong applications to work with other top-tier institutions will also be considered. Ideally, the institutions should be ranked within the top 100 in major global university league tables. 


Programme Guidelines and Forms

Applicants can access the guidelines for applicants, application form and supervision report form from the following links:



For enquiries, please contact Ms. Olivia Kwok, Office of Academic Links, on 3943-1315 or at oliviakwok@cuhk.edu.hk.



CUHK Faculty Collaborator Project Title
Prof. Victor Junnan PAN, Dept. of Linguistics & Modern Languages Prof. Klaus ABELS, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London On Language Faculty & its Biological Properties: A Cross-linguistic Study from a Neuro-Psycho-Linguistic Approach
Prof. Anna Maria BLOCKI, School of Biomedical Sciences Prof. Tao WANG, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester Modelling & Investigating Underlying Molecular Mechanisms of Genetic Small Brain Vessel Diseases On-a-chip
Prof. Xiaoyu TIAN, School of Biomedical Sciences Dr. Xi FANG, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego Intercepting the Mitochondrial-to-Nuclear Communication for Treatment of Vascular Inflammation & Atherosclerosis
Prof. Yee Kwan Elaine CHOW, Dept. of Medicine & Therapeutics Dr. Calvin KE, Dept. of Medicine, University of Toronto Phenome- & Genome-wide Analyses of the Causal Role of Hypertriglyceridemia in Diabetes for Discovery of Drug Targets
Prof. Pui Wah Jacqueline CHUNG, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Dr. Jiangfeng YE, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (A teaching hospital of National University of Singapore) Deciphering Immunostimulatory Cell Landscape in Endometrium Microenvironment by Single Cell & Spatial Sequencing for Potential Therapeutic Target of Recurrent Miscarriage
Prof. Renjie ZHOU, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering Prof. Tong LING, School of Chemistry, Nanyang Technological University Single-frame Optical Tomography (SILACT) for Fast Imaging & Detection of Neural Electrical Activity
Prof. Shing Shin CHENG, Dept. of Mechanical & Automation Engineering Dr. Andre KYME, School of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Sydney Robotic MRI-Linac Benchmarking System for Motion-adaptive Radiotherapy Treatment
Prof. Hong XU, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering Prof. Baochun LI, Applied Sciences and Engineering, University of Toronto Efficient & Practical Edge AI: From Training to Inference
Prof. Hongliang REN, Dept. of Electronic Engineering Prof. Animesh GARG, Computer Science, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology Autonomous Co-manipulation in Robot-assisted Minimally Invasive Interventions
Prof. Xiankai SUN, Dept. of Electronic Engineering Prof. Shayan MOOKHERJEA, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego Developing Key Functional Photonic Devices & Systems for Next-generation Telecommunications & Quantum Applications
Prof. Tat Ming Darwin LAU, Dept. of Mechanical & Automation Engineering Prof. Etienne BURDET, Dept. of Bioengineering, Imperial College London Human-Robot Interaction & Intention Control for Robotic Supernumerary Limbs
Prof. Xiaonan LIU, Dept. of Psychology Prof. Chuchu LI, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego Developing Personalised & Adaptive Second Language Learning Programs Based on Biologically Plausible Neural Network Models
Prof. Bangti JIN, Dept. of Mathematics Prof. Simon ARRIDGE, Dept. of Computer Science, University College London Deep Solvers for Differential Equations
Prof. Ying WANG, Dept. of Chemistry Dr. Ziyun WANG, School of Chemical Science, The University of Auckland The Pathways to Green Chemical Production with Renewable Electricity & CO2
Prof. Lin LIU, Earth System Science Programme Prof. Michiel van den BROEKE, Faculty of Science and Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht, Utrecht University Revealing Greenland Ice Sheet Hydrology Using Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Yuan XU, Dept. of Geography & Resource Management Prof. Tihomir ANCEV, School of Economics, The University of Sydney Food-Energy Nexus in Vietnam: Solar PV Development for Carbon Neutrality
Prof. Tak Ming Desmond TSANG, School of Hotel and Tourism Management Dr. William CHEUNG, Dept. of Property, The University of Auckland Sustainable Tourism & the Built Environment: Do ‘Healthy’ Hotels Create Value or Merely Represent Greenwashing?
Prof. Ting Fung Philos CHAN, School of Life Sciences Dr. Rosalind DEAKER, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney An Interdisciplinary Investigation into the Legume-Rhizobia Symbiosis: Potential to Improve Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Chickpeas
Prof. Lap Ah TSE, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care Prof. Victoria ARRANDALE, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Assessing Short-/Long-term Health Impacts of Combined Exposures of Multiple Environmental Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: An International Comparative Study between China, US, UK & Other Asian Countries
Prof. Man Nin Chan, Earth System Science Programme Prof. Arthur Chan, Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto Characterising the Abundance & Composition of Airborne Nanoplastic Particles
Prof. Kwong Wai Richard Choy, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Prof. Cynthia Morton, Division of Human Communication, Development & Hearing, The University of Manchester Identifying the Missing Heritability by WGS in SEQaBoo
Prof. Wang Leung Thomas Chung, School of Architecture Prof. Edward Denison, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London Developing a Multi-level Conservation Framework for Sustainable Eco-living: The Sha Lo Tung Cultural Landscape Project
Prof. Yi Ping Megan Ho, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering Prof. Ken Tye Yong, School of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Sydney Plasmonic Droplet Screening for Single-cell Analysis
Prof. Liwen Jiang, School of Life Sciences Prof. David Drubin, Dept. of Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley Institute of Integrative Biology
Prof. Ho Owen Ko, Dept. of Medicine & Therapeutics Dr. Florencia Iacaruso, The Francis Crick Institute Interrogating Age-related Neuronal Dynamic Changes in a Key Brainstem Neural Circuit
Prof. Ching Wan Ronald Ma, Dept. of Medicine & Therapeutics Dr. Richard Oram, College of Medicine & Health, University of Exeter Pathway-specific Polygenic Risk Scores for Precision Medicine in Diabetes
Prof. Victor Junnan Pan, Dept. of Linguistics & Modern Languages Prof. Roberta D’Alessandro, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics, Utrecht University A Comparative Investigation on the Micro & Macro-contact of Wu Dialects in China & Europe
Prof. Jianfang Wang, Dept. of Physics Prof. Feng Wang, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University College London In Situ Probing Photocatalytic Nitrogen Fixation
Prof. Li Zhang, Dept. of Mechanical & Automation Engineering Prof. Joseph Sung, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University Microrobotic Platform for Biofilms Eradication & Clinical Applications



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