Research
Funding and Fellowship


The Faculty receives financial support for research activities from various sources in different forms. There are different research grants, conference grants, and fellowships offered by the University and other funding agencies, as well as donations made by professional and industrial bodies and individual benefactors. The Faculty has continued to achieve outstanding results in various external competitive grants including General Research Grants (GRF) exercise of the Research Grants Council and Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF) of the Food and Health Bureau, having secured over HK$535 million in 2019.

Areas of Excellence Scheme (AoE)

Clinical Research Fellowship Scheme

Collaborative Research Fund (CRF)

General Research Fund (GRF) & Early Career Scheme (ECS)

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)/Research Grants Council (RGC) Joint Research Scheme

Research Impact Fund (RIF)

RGC Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme (PDFS)

RGC Research Fellow Scheme (RFS) &
RGC Senior Research Fellow Scheme (SRFS)

Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS)

Innovation and Technology Support Programme (ITSP)

Partnership Research Programme (PRP)
Formerly University-Industry Collaboration Programme (UICP)

Midstream Research Programme for Universities (MRP)

Guangdong – Hong Kong Technology Cooperation Funding Scheme (TCFS)

Mainland - Hong Kong Joint Funding Scheme (MHKJFS)
Launched in April 2019

In 1996, the Medical Faculty of The University of Hong Kong received a generous donation from Dr Cheng Yu Tung to establish the Dr Cheng Yu Tung Fellowships. The objective of this Fellowships is to support Fellows from Mainland China to undertake clinical attachment, health care management and clinical research training under the relevant Departments/Schools of the Medical Faculty.

The scheme was revamped in 2015 with a newly defined focus on clinical training. It aims to attract high calibre clinicians with the clear vision to strive for excellence and the determination to contribute to healthcare and clinical advancement in Mainland China. This scheme awards up to 34 Fellowships each year.

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Contact Details for Dr Cheng Yu Tung Fellowships

  • Telephone: +852 3917 6853
  • Fax: +852 2818 4913
  • Email: elaineso@hku.hk
  • Mail: 6/F, William MW Mong Block, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

In 2020, the LKS Faculty of Medicine established the “HKUMed Research Fellowship Scheme for Clinical Academics” to provide opportunities for clinical academic staff to be relieved of all teaching, clinical and administrative duties to conduct full-time research at the Faculty for a period of six months to one year. One award will be made each year.

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The Clinical Research Fellowship Scheme was launched in 2020 to encourage Hospital Authority (HA) doctors to take part in research work at their early career stage and encourage a research culture within the clinical setting.  It provides opportunities for HA doctors to engage in a basic science or clinical research project for a period of six months to one year under an attachment programme at the School of Clinical Medicine.

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