HeForShe IMPACT Champion Scholarships

The HeForShe IMPACT Champion Scholarships, as one of the HKU's gender equity measures, 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.

The HeForShe movement is an UN initiative to promote gender equality. HKU is the first university in the world to launch the UN Women's HeForShe Initiative on campus. The UN HeForShe 10x10x10 Impact Group for this movement comprises 10 Heads of State, 10 CEOs of global corporations and 10 University Presidents. HKU's President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Mathieson, is one of those ten.

More on HKU's involvement in HeForShe Initiative

We need culture change, system change, sustainable long-term policy change and the shared commitment to truly make a difference.

Professor Peter Mathieson, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Hong Kong
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Five 2017 scholarship awardees at a luncheon hosted by Professor Peter Mathieson


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.

Preference will be given to students of the following backgrounds:

You should also be nominated by your school Principal or Vice-Chancellor for consideration for the scholarships.

For the academic year September 2017 to June 2018, the HeForShe Impact Scholarships may be given to undergraduate students with outstanding academic results from the leading universities in their country, to attend HKU for one year only, as a Visiting Student. Selected students will have to apply for leave of absence from their university.  


Admissions Process  Date
Application Closes January 31, 2018 at 12:00 noon (Hong Kong Time)
Application Results Releases Second week of February, 2018
Application for Student Visa / Accommodation February - August, 2018
Registration / Course Selection of 2018 First Semester Mid-August, 2018 onwards
Residential Hall Check-in Last week of August, 2018
Orientation for International Students Late August 2018 onwards
Commencement of Study of 2018-19 September, 2018

Application and Selection

To have your application considered, you must satisfy HKU's academic requirement and English language requirement. If your qualification is not listed, your academic results will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 


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Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by end of January 2018 and shortlisted students will be invited for a Skype or phone interview.  The application result is expected to be announced by Second week of February 2018.