Overseas Research Exchange

Professor Charles K. Kao Research Exchange Scholarship

Scholarships for Summer Research Exchange Programmes 2021/22


To pay tribute to late Professor Charles K. Kao for his achievements in science and technologies and to commemorate his being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2009, the University has set up the Charles K. Kao Scholarship Endowment Fund through private donations. Part of the Fund will be used to award scholarships for summer research exchange programmes for undergraduate students for the Faculty of Engineering, and the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physics.

Scholarship Details

Name of Scholarships

The Scholarships shall be known as “Professor Charles K. Kao Research Exchange Scholarships” and in Chinese 「高錕教授科研交流生獎學金」.

Value of Scholarships

The Scholarships of up to HK$50,000 each, depending on the destinations/duration, are to cover the travel expenses and living allowance for joining the research exchange programmes.

Number of Scholarships

A maximum of 7 scholarships will be awarded to students of the Faculty of Engineering.

Selection Criteria and Administrative Procedures

Faculty of Engineering full-time undergraduate students of Year 2 or above with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above could apply for the Scholarships to participate in summer research projects at designated overseas universities for a duration of not less than 8 weeks.

Shortlisted candidates would be invited to an interview in mid-December 2021/early January 2022. 

a) Selection and matching will be conducted by the Faculty based on the candidates' academic performance and research potentials. 

b) The final acceptance of the students screened and selected by the Faculty is still subject to the approval by the hosting institutions and the Professor Charles K. Kao Research Exchange Scholarship Committee of the University.  

c) Students cannot receive more than one exchange scholarship under the Fund, be it for term-time or summer exchange, during their undergraduate studies.

d) Scholarship recipients shall submit a written report to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid via the Faculty within 2 months after completion of their exchange programme.

e) Scholarship recipients are expected to be ambassadors of CUHK during their overseas exchange and contribute to community services after return to Hong Kong.

Application Procedure

Eligible students could make application by completing the required application form together with the indication of priority choice from the list of potentials hosting institutions, and return it to Ms. Katie Chung of the Faculty Office at scholarships@erg.cuhk.edu.hk by 19 November 2021 (Fri).  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  The application form could be downloaded from here.