Croucher Scholarships for Doctoral Study

Level of study
Doctoral research
Subject area
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences
Hong Kong
Type of Award
Deadline for applying
Closed 15/11/2017 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

The Croucher Foundation is a private endowment set up in 1979 and permanently domiciled in Hong Kong, with the objective of promoting excellence in natural science, technology and medicine in Hong Kong. One of the Foundation’s regular funding initiatives is to provide financial support for promising young people in Hong Kong to pursue scientific research at postdoctoral and doctoral levels.

The awards offered by the Croucher Foundation Limited (“the Foundation”) are intended to enable applicants who are permanent residents of Hong Kong to devote themselves to a period of full-time study or research in natural science, medicine or technology in approved academic institutions outside Hong Kong.

These awards are intended for those engaged in full-time study leading to a PhD degree.

Scholarships are tenable up to and including the third year of the relevant PhD studies programme. This does not therefore necessarily mean that all recipients will get three years of support, e.g. a candidate starting the Scholarship from the second year of his/her PhD study will get only two years of support, one starting from the third year of PhD will get one year, etc.

Value of Award

A Croucher Scholarship normally comprises an annual maintenance allowance and assistance towards air passage, plus tuition fees. 

  • a one-off arrival allowance of USD1,000 to cover the costs of arriving in a new country during the first year of tenure.
  • an academic development allowance of up to USD2,000 per annum to allow Croucher Scholarship recipients to attend conferences, workshops or courses during the tenure of their awards.
  • a medical insurance allowance of up to USD2,000 per annum to cover medical insurance costs; and
  • a family allowance of up to USD16,000 per annum for a first child and up to USD6,800 per annum for a second child who resides with the scholar during the entire duration of the award.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have obtained First Class Honours in their first degree. Otherwise they will be expected to be able to receive substantively an MPhil degree by September 2018 to become eligible (MPhil transfer to doctoral candidature is not considered as equivalent).

Students in their final year of first degree studies may also apply, but any offer of award will be conditional on their obtaining First Class Honours upon their graduation by July 2018.

How to Apply

All applications should be submitted to the Croucher Foundation online. For the 2018-19 selection exercise, applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. (Hong Kong time - 9am UK time) on 15th November 2017 at the latest.

While proceeding with your application, please invite two referees to provide signed letters of reference for you (with your full name) under confidential cover to be sent to (in PDF), or fax to (852) 2730 0742 by the deadline above.

Please make sure the following documents in PDF format (each not exceeding 8MB) have been uploaded to your application:

  1. a document, up to 6 pages in length, including:
    1. a proposal describing the research to be undertaken which should include the names of potential supervisors and their research groups. To ensure fairness in competition to all applicants, a proposal once submitted cannot be amended;
    2. a description of the candidate’s research experience, and a list of publications;
  2. copies of the applicant’s HKCEE and HKALE certificates (or equivalent) and transcripts of his/her university records;
  3. copies of reprints of the applicant’s three most significant publications (if applicable); and
  4. one set of relevant documentation to provide proof of identity in respect of the applicant’s status as a permanent resident of Hong Kong which is pre-requisite to the award. (For applicants who choose to use their ID card copies, please make sure that both sides of the ID card must be provided. The Foundation is not prepared to take an application any further if there is doubt of the residential status of an applicant upon incomplete documentation.)

All applicants should be aware that the Croucher awards are highly competitive and there are always more applicants than awards available. Short-listed candidates are required to attend an interview in March/April 2018. An applicant who is not notified of the outcome of his application by late May 2018 may assume that it is unsuccessful. The Foundation does NOT provide critiques for unsuccessful applications.

Please note that applications for the Foundation’s study awards are accepted only in annual competitive exercises, which are normally open for applications by late September and closed by mid-November. Any application received at any other time will not be considered.

For more information and to apply, visit the organisation website.


Doctoral Research Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005