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, $1 billion HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 to recognize outstanding local and non-local students. 

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.

More information about the scholarships is available on the HKSAR Education Bureau website


For the 2019-20 academic year, students from the following countries are eligible to apply for the scholarships:

Targeted Scholarships:

  • ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)
  • India
  • South Korea

“Belt and Road” Scholarships:

  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
  • Myanmar

The following qualities will also be taken into consideration by the donor (HKSAR government):

  1. excellent performance in academic studies;
  2. recognized contribution to the institution/society;
  3. demonstrated leadership and good communication skills; and/or
  4. strong commitment to the Hong Kong community.

Application and Selection

Applicants can indicate their interests when they are completing the HKU online application. Eligible students who have submitted the applications will be contacted individually at a later stage to provide additional supporting documents for the donor’s evaluation.