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Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Programme (URFP)

The URFP is a prestigious programme aimed to enhance students’ learning experience and to nurture the next generation of researchers/scholars. It offers opportunities for academically outstanding undergraduate students to undertake research under the guidance and supervision of academics who have a strong research track record and experience in training research postgraduate students. Students enrolled in the URFP are required to undertake a research study. If research internship forms an essential part of the research study, the enrolled students will be considered for awards for undertaking such research internships locally, in the Mainland or overseas.

The URFP participants are eligible to enrol in specified postgraduate courses. Successful completion of the URFP will be recorded in the students’ transcripts, and those who perform well under the URFP will be considered for early admission to research postgraduate programmes of the University.

For 2018-19, 34 overseas and local research internships were awarded and about 80 students have been enrolled under the URFP.


The following are eligible for participating in the URFP:

  1. Students who are in the 90th percentile of top students in a study programme; or
  2. Students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 and above.

Students generally enrol in the URFP in their final year of study. Flexibility is provided for cases with strong research interest and potential that are identified earlier than the final year. All students enrolled in the URFP will be required to produce a research deliverable, e.g. dissertation, research paper, etc. for assessment.

For more details including application procedures and deadline, please contact the respective Faculty Office.

Poster Session

Research internship award recipients under the URFP will present their research studies and findings and share their experience with other URFP participants and supervisors, undergraduate students and staff, and the wider community of the University through a poster session organised at the institutional level. The poster session enhances students’ learning experience and helps promote the URFP.

Please click here to view some of the student posters.

Find out more about the event from the video highlight at U-Vision.

The poster session of the URFP 2018-19 has been scheduled as follows:

Date: April 1, 2019 (Monday)
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Foyer, G/F, Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus (near the University Bookstore) (Note: The posters will be displayed at the venue for April 1 – 3 and April 10 – 12.)

Registration: Please click here to access the HKU Event Management System.

What did the participants say?

“Through working with the research team in the Centre for Neurogenic Communication Disorders Research of the University of Queensland, I had learnt a lot from their cutting-edge vision. I had learnt to think ahead and be bold to investigate the unexplored areas in the field.”
Cheung Ka Yu, Faculty of Education


“I am now confident enough to work individually on some advanced skills like cell culturing, western blotting, cell staining, cell imaging […] also I understand how science is done, how an experiment is being designed, how to face experiment failure, how to analyze and evaluate after failing and how to cooperate with different people in the laboratory who are with different strength and personality.”
Lau Wing Yan, Faculty of Science


“I ended my summer research internship with an empirical study of fitting threshold models to Veilleix’s predator series. This is a valuable experience for me because it allowed me to take the initiative to find the problem, to apply the knowledge I learnt, and to solve the problem independently.”
Zheng Yao, Faculty of Science

Host Institutions of Research Internships Awarded under the URFP


  • City University of Hong Kong
  • East China University of Science and Technology
  • The University of Hong Kong
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • National Chung Hsing University
  • National Tsing Hua University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Tsinghua University
  • Europe

  • Bielefeld University
  • University of Bordeaux
  • Brunel University London
  • University of Cambridge
  • National Center for Scientific Research
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation
  • University of Glasgow
  • Imperial College London
  • King’s College London
  • National Research University Higher School of Economics
  • University of Oxford
  • University College London
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • University of Warwick

    Australia & New Zealand

  • University of Canterbury
  • Edith Cowan University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
  • Victoria University
  • North America

  • University of California (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara)
  • Cornell University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of Illinois
  • Princeton University
  • Rockefeller University
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Virginia
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Yale University

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