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Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme 2023/24


Call for Application/Nomination

09 Dec 2022 - 08 Feb 2023


Selection Stage

09 Feb 2023 - 29 Jun 2023


Award Announcement

30 Jun 2023

HSSPFS Awardees 2023/24

The award result of Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme has been announced on 30 Jun 2023.

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Application for HSSPFS 2023/24

All eight UGC-funded universities are eligible to nominate up to five candidates under the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel. Eligible applicant should be an academic staff member of a UGC-funded university with conditions of employment meeting ALL the following requirements: 



  • having a full-time[1] appointment in the university proper[2] of UGC-funded universities;
  • being at Staff Grades from 'A' to 'I'[3] (i.e. from 'Professor' to 'Assistant Lecturer');
  • being primarily engaged in and spending at least 80% of time in degree or higher degree work[4] at the university proper; and
  • salary being wholly funded[5] by the university proper.


An academic staff member who is engaged in non-degree programmes wholly funded by the General Funds of the university concerned may also be eligible. Visiting scholars are not eligible for being nominated under the HSSPFS. Awardees of HSSPFS cannot compete again in future exercises.


  1. Part-time staff and staff holding honorary appointments are excluded.
  2. Excluding schools/arms of continuing education and professional training and other analogous outfits.
  3. Polytechnic staff grades are excluded.
  4. A Project Investigator who is/will be seconded to work full-time or part-time at the two Innovation and Technology (I&T) clusters (Health@InnoHK and AIR@InnoHK) at the Hong Kong Science Park or to conduct research in a university or a research institute / body / agency in the Mainland / overseas jurisdiction, is still considered eligible to apply for the HSSPFS.
  5. Staff who are receiving income from paid appointments outside the university proper do not satisfy this requirement.

The assessment criteria are as follows:


  • academic quality/merit;
    1. scientific and scholarly merit of the proposal;
    2. qualifications and track record of the investigator;
    3. originality;
    4. feasibility within the time-scale of the proposal.
  • university’s commitment;
  • contribution to academic/professional development (where applicable);
  • potential for social, cultural or economic application; and
  • availability of, and potential for, non-RGC funding.