Croucher Doctoral Scholarships for Students of Hong Kong, 2014/15

The Croucher Foundation is offering full-time PhD scholarship to study in approved academic institutions outside Hong Kong. Applicants from Hong Kong who hold First Class Honors in their first degree are eligible for this scholarship. Scholarship covers annual maintenance allowance, assistance towards air passage, plus tuition fees for the duration of three years. Married Scholars will be offered a spouse allowance and airfare for the spouse but only if he or she is dependent and accompanying the holder throughout the period of the award. Online application must be submitted by 15th November 2013.. 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.Number of award(s): Not KnownDuration of award(s): 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. The length of the award will be explicitly stated in the grant letter when the offer is made. If the award is for more than one year, the candidate will in the first instance be “on probation” for one year, and the award for the remaining period is entirely at the Foundation’s discretion subject to confirmation upon evidence of satisfactory progress in the first year.What does it cover? A Croucher Scholarship normally comprises an annual maintenance allowance, assistance towards air passage, plus tuition fees. Assistance towards airfare to return to Hong Kong not claimed within a period of twelve months from the expiry date of the Scholarship award shall be automatically forfeited. Scholars who terminate their awards before the expiry date are not entitled to such assistance. A one-off grant for books and clothing will be given during the first year of tenure. An allowance of up to the equivalent of HK$2,800 for thesis expenses will be made to final year PhD students on application against receipts presented within twelve months of the expiry date of the Scholarship. Spouse and child allowances: As an ex gratia benefit but not as part of the scholastic award, married Scholars will be offered a spouse allowance and airfare for the spouse, but only if he or she is dependent and accompanying the holder throughout the period of the award. In addition, a child allowance will be provided but only if the child is residing with the candidate during the entire period of the award. Successful applicants on any form of paid leave during the tenure of the award are not entitled to any maintenance or family allowances. To become eligible for this benefit, recipients are requested to sign a Declaration, and legally bound to report to the Foundation in the event of change of circumstances which have a bearing on the terms of the award. The Foundation reserves the right to request return of the allowance awarded, and in serious instances may take other appropriate action against a recipient who fails to comply with the terms of the declaration.Selection Criteria: Not Known.  These awards are intended for those engaged in full-time study leading to a PhD degree.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Not provided
Who can apply to this scholarship?
· Applicants must have obtained First Class Honors in their first degree. Otherwise they will be expected to be able to receive substantively an MPhil degree by September 2014 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 Honors upon their graduation by July 2014.
Benefits of the scholarship: Not provided
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: Not provided
Number of scholarships: Not provided

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