HeForShe IMPACT Champion Scholarships

The HeForShe IMPACT Champion Scholarships is a true manifestation of the collaboration between HKU and the United Nations on propelling gender equity. HeForShe is a United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, as well as one of HKU’s gender equity measures. HKU was the first university globally to launch the initiative on campus in 2015. Each year, HKU is committed to award the HeForShe IMPACT Champion Scholarships that cover tuition and accommodation fees, plus a living allowance to disadvantaged students.

The Scholarships will enable students from economically deprived backgrounds to receive quality education at HKU, in the hope of reducing barriers against social mobility and to promote gender equity for access to higher education in less developed countries. 

More on HKU's involvement in HeForShe Initiative


The HeForShe IMPACT Champion Scholarships will be awarded to students with outstanding academic results, who have overcome the problems of gender inequality in education where they live. This does not limit the applicants to only being female. Those students who have significantly contributed to achieving the goals of the HeForShe movement are also welcomed to apply. 

Students may apply to any HKU undergraduate programme.The scholarships will have a value equivalent to a FULL tuition fee waiver plus accommodation, flight and general living allowance per year, and are renewable on a yearly basis. You may check HKU tuition fee and cost of living reference here.

Each year, preference will be given to candidates from countries selected according to UN criteria (e.g. Human Development Index, Gender Development Index and Gender Inequality Index).  Preference will also be given to applicants with a significantly disadvantaged background, including issues of gender inequality, and/or those with high financial need.


January 31, 2020: Application to the University submitted via the online application platform
February 2020: Interview for shortlisted candidates
Early March 2020: announcement of scholarship award

Application Fee Waiver

Application fee waivers are granted to applicants with high financial need. To request for an application fee waiver, please submit your request online via https://esurvey.hku.hk/s3/Waiver-Application-Fee.

Application and Selection

All applicants are advised to refer to the admissions standards (https://aal.hku.hk/admissions/international/admissions-information?page=admissions-standards) of the University's undergraduate programmes prior to submitting an application.
National qualifications are also considered.

All applicants to the HeforShe Impact Champion Scholarships are also required to submit a 300-word essay to the University.  You are required to provide information which you feel will enable the University to understand you better as an Impact Champion.  You may wish to include your experience, your reason for wishing to study at HKU, your interest in the programmes, extra-curricular activities you have taken on, voluntary work, or your career aspiration, etc.  You should also include information on way(s) you feel you have been disadvantaged in your access to education and why you deserve the scholarship.  This essay should be uploaded to your application via the online system upon submission of your application to the University.