HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund
With a view to attracting outstanding local students to advance their studies at home, and meritorious non-local students to pursue higher education opportunities in Hong Kong, the Government established in 2008 the $1 billion HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (the Fund) to recognize outstanding local and non-local students. Each academic year, the Government will distribute a sum of money, funded by the investment income generated from the Fund, to the nine institutions [the eight University Grants Committee-funded institutions and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA)] offering full-time publicly-funded programmes at degree or above levels. The scholarship is $40,000 per year for local students and $80,000 per year for non-local students. In 2011, the Government injected $250 million into the Fund to extend the benefit to students of full-time publicly-funded sub-degree programmes offered by five institutions (City University of Hong Kong, the Education University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKAPA and the Vocational Training Council) from 2011/12 academic year onwards. The scholarship award for these sub-degree students is between $20,000 to $30,000 per year for both local and non-local students. Enquiries about the Fund should be directed to the Education Bureau at email@example.com.
Since the 2012/13 academic year, up to ten targeted scholarships have been offered each year to first-year non-local full-time students from ASEAN countries, India and Korea who are enrolled in publicly-funded degree programmes in Hong Kong. Up to ten additional scholarships are offered to first-year non-local students from Indonesia and Malaysia starting, respectively, from 2016/17 and 2018/19 for pursuing full-time studies in publicly-funded degree programmes in Hong Kong. In addition, starting from 2017/18, new scholarships funded by private donations are made available to students from selected countries/regions along the Belt and Road. These scholarships are tenable for the normal duration of the programmes concerned and renewable annually subject to satisfactory academic performance of the awardees. Enquiries should be directed to the Education Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In deciding if a student who applies for the above scholarships should be awarded, the institutions take the following qualities into consideration –
Students of full-time publicly-funded degree or above level programmes
(a) excellent performance in academic studies;
(b) recognized contribution to the institution/society;
(c) demonstrated leadership and good communication skills; and/or
(d) strong commitment to the Hong Kong community.
Students of full-time publicly-funded sub-degree programmes
(a) high standard of academic performance;
(b) demonstration of leadership and good communication skills;
(c) valuable contribution to the institution/community; and/or
(d) strong commitment to the Hong Kong community.
Number of Awardees and Amount Awarded
Degree and above level Students
Number of Awardees
Number of Awardees
The Hong Kong, China-APEC Scholarship
Starting from 2014/15 academic year, non-local recipients of the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund originate from APEC member economies are awarded the “Hong Kong, China-APEC Scholarship” to support and carry forward the APEC Scholarship Initiative which aims to promote the creation of privately and publicly funded APEC-branded scholarship, training, and internship opportunities to benefit students and professionals, especially youth and women from developing APEC economies. An introduction of the APEC Scholarship Initiative can be found at http://education.apec.org/.
Talent Development Scholarship and Reaching Out Award
In 2012, the government further injected $1 billion into the Fund, and two new scholarships and awards, namely the Talent Development Scholarship (TDS) and Reaching Out Award (ROA) have been established in 2012/13 academic year to benefit a wider range of students not only with outstanding academic performance, but also achievements and talents in other non-academic fields.
The Talent Development Scholarship (TDS) aims to give recognition to students who have demonstrated achievements or talent in non-academic areas and provide support for these students to further develop their talent and potential. It will be offered to students enrolled in full-time publicly-funded programmes at sub-degree or above levels who have demonstrated talent or potential in (a) Sports and games; (b) Music and performing arts; (c) Culture, arts and design; or (d) Innovation, science and technology.
The Reaching Out Award (ROA) aims to support meritorious students enrolled in full-time publicly-funded programmes at sub-degree or above levels to participate in learning, internship or service programmes, as well as national, regional and international events and competitions that are conducted outside Hong Kong and organised/endorsed by institutions. Some examples of activities and sharing of the recipients can be found here.
The amount of each award for TDS and ROA is set at $10,000 for both degree or above and sub-degree students, irrespective of whether they are local or non-local students.
Endeavour Merit Award
In 2013, the government injected another $20 million into the Fund to set up the Endeavour Merit Award (EMA) in the 2013/14 academic year to give recognition to deserving post-secondary students with special educational needs (SEN) in the pursuit of excellence in academic and other areas. The amount of each award for both local and non-local students pursuing publicly-funded sub-degree and degree or above level programmes is pitched at $10,000.
* SEN includes specific learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder, physical disability, visual impairment, hearing impairment, speech and language impairment, and others.
Links to Participating Institutions
For further information on this scholarship as well as other scholarships provided by the various institutions, please refer to the links below –
City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Baptist University
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Education University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
The Vocational Training Council
More information on studying in Hong Kong and Government scholarship awards for tertiary students in Hong Kong can be found at http://www.studyinhongkong.edu.hk.
Budgets and Annual Reports
Annual Budgets (2008 - 2017)
Annual report on scholarship distribution (2008-12)
Annual report on scholarship distribution (2012-13)
Annual report on scholarship distribution (2013-14)
Annual report on scholarship distribution (2014-15)
Annual report on scholarship distribution (2015-16)
Audited Statement of Accounts of the Fund
For the year ended 31 August 2008
For the year ended 31 August 2009
For the year ended 31 August 2010
For the year ended 31 August 2011
For the year ended 31 August 2012
For the year ended 31 August 2013
For the year ended 31 August 2014
For the year ended 31 August 2015
For the year ended 31 August 2016
The University offers merit-based entrance scholarships for top-ranking students who are admitted to our undergraduate programmes. The entrance scholarships may go up to a value equivalent to a FULL tuition fee waiver plus accommodation and general living allowance per year, and are renewable to cover your entire undergraduate study at HKU.
Once you have successfully submitted an application for admission, you will be considered for an entrance scholarship automatically. The result of both admission and entrance scholarship will be announced at the same time . No separate application for entrance scholarship is required. Selection is based on academic merits with consideration of non-academic achievements.
The following HKU entrance scholarships schemes are supported by generous donors, external organizations and governmental bodies in Hong Kong as well as overseas:
|Scholarships Scheme||Application Procedures|
|HKU Foundation Entrance Scholarships||Separate application is not required.|
|HeForShe IMPACT Champion Scholarships for female students from economically deprived nations with outstanding academic results (male students who have significantly contributed to achieving the goals of the HeForShe movement will also be considered)||Application is now open until January 31, 2018 at 12:00 noon (Hong Kong Time). Please click here for more details.|
|Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program for students from China, Japan, Korea, Macau, Taiwan||Application is now open until January 31, 2018. Please click here for more details.|
|Entrance Scholarships for Medallists of International/Asian Olympiads||Please click here for details of the scheme.|
|Entrance Scholarships for Students admitted to Undergraduate Dual Degree Programmes||Separate application is not required.|
|Vietnam Van Thinh Phat Scholarships for outstanding Vietnamese students||Application is now open until February 15, 2018. Please click here for more details.|
|Hong Kong Scholarship for "Belt & Road" Students for students from Indonesia and Malaysia||Coming Soon|
|Targeted Scholarship Scheme under the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund for students from the following countries: ASEAN (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), India, Korea||Coming Soon|
Once you have commenced your study at HKU, you may apply for other HKU Scholarships. If you go on exchange study, you will also be entitled to a scholarship that helps cover travel and other costs.