Invitation for Applications: Research Student Attachment Programme 2021/22

Deadline: 15/10/2021

Guideline on Research Student Attachment Programme (Incoming)

In order to promote internationalization, the University agreed to support Research Student Attachment Programme for Incoming Visiting PhD Students. The details are as follows:

Areas of research

PhD Students in any discipline are eligible for application.

Number of student places

The number of incoming visiting PhD students being supported in each round of application is not specified. The Approving Authority will decide the number of successful applications taking into consideration, among other things, the amount of funding available.

Distribution of student places

Student places will be distributed through an open bidding process.

Period of attachment

The period of attachment will range from a minimum of three months to a maximum of one year.

Financial aid

A monthly allowance of HK$8,960 will be granted to each student. Applicants who have applied for the attachment programme before can submit new application. However, regardless of the number of trips approved, the financial aid in supporting living expenses will not exceed the aggregate amount capped at HK$53,760 for each PhD student, i.e., support for a maximum of six months only will be granted.

Tuition fees

Students will not be required to pay tuition fees at PolyU. However, they will have to continue to pay tuition fees, if applicable, to their home institutions.

Selection criteria

  • Full-time PhD students with substantial international exposure and the potential to contribute to the internationalization of the University
  • Good academic results and publication records [Applicants must submit copies of the transcripts and certificates of academic attainments and other supporting documents. If they are not printed in English or Chinese, they should be accompanied by a certified English translation.]
  • Programme relevance [Applicants must state the purposes of the proposed attachment and submit a supporting letter from the home institution.]
  • Supervisors’ recommendations
  • Track records of home supervisor(s) [A brief CV with a list of representative publications of the home supervisor(s) must be attached to the application.]

Accommodation arrangements

Incoming applicants can make their own accommodation arrangements or apply for lodging in PolyU’s student halls. However, the lodging period is from December of the current year to July of the following year. Applications for lodging in the PolyU student halls during the peak period from August to November will not be entertained.

Notes to Applicants

Applicants should pay attention to the “Notes to Applicants of Research Student Attachment Programme: Incoming Visiting PhD Students” in Appendix D.

Application procedures

A PhD applicant must contact an academic staff member (proposed PolyU supervisor) in the first instance to jointly come up with a proposed attachment programme. The flowchart for the application procedures is given in Appendix E.

Policy of the Immigration Department

In identifying suitable candidates, please note the existing policy of the Immigration Department of the HKSAR that applications for study visas from nationals of Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Nepal and Vietnam will not be considered. For details, please visit Immigration Department's website at


For enquiries, please contact Ms Autumn Lin at 3400 8409 or Ms Chelsea Shing at 3400 3632 of the Graduate School.


Please submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae C.V. and a letter stating your motivation to apply and your key relevant qualities to Dr Zhen-Yu YIN. Information of the research group can be found via: