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UG Summer Research Abroad Sponsorship (USRA)

UG research programmes have been around for a long time, which enhance students’ learning experience and nurture the next generation of researchers/scholars. To align with the University’ strategic direction to provide international learning experience, GEO has sought the support from PolyU International Exchange and Partnership Fund and established the UG Summer Research Abroad Sponsorship Scheme (USRA).

USRA is a signature student learning scheme, which aims to provide financial support to encourage students to undertake research under the guidance and supervision of academics in overseas pre-eminent universities.

  • Application deadline: 25 February 2022
  • Result announcement: Mid-March 2022

Please refer to the application guidelines for the details such as eligibility, selection criteria and application procedure.

Downloadable resource: Application guidelines


International Competition & Conference Participation Scheme (ICCPS)

The subsidy scheme encourages and supports PolyU full-time students to participate in international competitions and conferences with the aim of enhancing students’ global outlook and multicultural competency.

The Scheme can subsidize up to 2/3 of expenses needed. For events involves overseas travel, direct expenses like flight, accommodation, registration fee, visa, required vaccination, etc. will be covered. For virtual events, registration fee and cost incurred from materials required will be covered.

Please refer to the following application timeline and guidelines for the details such as eligibility, assessment criteria and application procedure.

Calls for applications are made for four rounds in 2022 as follows: 

Application deadlines

31 Jan 2022

30 Apr 2022

31 Jul 2022

31 Oct 2022

Result announcement dates

Early-Mar 2022

Early-Jun 2022

Early-Sep 2022

Early-Dec 2022

Undergraduate (Ug) Students

UG Individual Application


UG Group Application by PolyU Department


Postgraduate (Pg) Students

PG Application


For enquiry:

Tel: 2766 5116

Address: ST305, Ng Wing Hong Building



Study Abroad Fund

To encourage PolyU undergraduate students taking up various Study Abroad Activities available, Global Engagement Office (GEO) offers 2021-22 Study Abroad Fund (SAF) to support credit bearing or formally assessed learning activities that enhance students’ global outlook and multicultural competency. Such activity should be related to the discipline(s) of the degree being pursued.

Recommended Type of Activities

  • Fee-paying short-term programmes listed on Global Classroom or endorsed by GEO/academic units.
  • Programme-related study tours or field trips arranged by Academic Units.
  • International competition or conference (student participating as audience)* that is reputable/influential in the field and is beneficial to students in terms of personal, academic and professional development. Endorsement from academic unit is recommended.
  • Other offshore learning experiences that are credit bearing or formally assessed.
  • SAF does not support internship, service learning, Global Student Exchange Programmes, Summer@OxBridge or ICCPS subsidy recipients.

*You may apply International Competition & Conference Participation Scheme (ICCPS) if you will participate as presenter/contestant.



  • Full-time undergraduate students in UGC-funded programmes.
  • Final-year students are not eligible to submit application for activities happen in Summer Break.
  • Learning experiences last for at least 5 calendar days (travel time excluded).

Arrangement under Coronavirus Pandemic 

  • PolyU resumed outbound student activities for Summer Term, 2021/22 and beyond. Students who wish to travel abroad for outbound student activities must have received the full does of COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days prior to their departure. Please click here for the University Notice For Students concerned (Outbound student activities for Summer Term of 2021/22 and beyond dated 26 April 2022).

  • Academic Units received pre-approved funding for Group Applications should offer Pre-Departure Briefing to Group of students referencing the “Pre-Outbound Activities Briefing for PolyU Student-Activity-Organizers” jointly organized by GEO and Student Affairs Office (SAO) on 13 December 2021. Please consult your Departmental Outbound Activity Information System (OAIS) Users for meeting details and briefing notes.

  • Individual students received pre-approved funding are required to attend GEO Pre-Departure Briefing, to sign Undertaking, and to offer emergency contact details prior to departure.
  • 2021-22 SAF does not cover any financial loss (e.g. programme application fee, travel or accommodation reservations) due to programme withdrawal by student, programme cancellation by the host or by the University. Student should consider the risk before any financial commitment.


Funding Period and Funding Amount

  • Currently, 2021-22 SAF is able to support activities with an end date on or before 30 June 2022.
  • Applications for activities end after 30 June 2022 are also welcomed. SAF pre-approval announcement will be made when funding is made available. Respective Report Submission and Fund Disbursement dates will be informed in due course.
  • SAF is limited and may be distributed on first-come-first-served basis.
  • Only programme fee, registration fee, travel passage and accommodation may be funded.
  • Should the total cost of activity falls below the designated SAF amount listed, GEO reserve the right to make downward adjustment of the pre-approved financial support as necessary.

Activity Duration

5 to 27 Days

28 Days or more

SAF Amount


HKD 3,000

HKD 6,000

Outside Asia

HKD 5,000

HKD 10,000

Application Mechanism and Key Dates 

Activity Happens in

Semester 2 and Summer Break
(10 January to 28 August 2022)

Application Type

Individual Application

Group Application

Application Duration

1 February to 30 April 2022

Application Instruction

Students to submit complete application to GEO with proof of confirmed participation to the offshore learning activities.

Online application form 

For a group of students participating in the same programme/activity, Academic Units (Faculty/School/Department) to submit complete application to GEO by email:

with below information:

Programme details (e.g. Programme/activity objective; learning outcome; hosting institution(s)/organization(s); programme/activity duration and schedule; logistics arrangements (if applicable) including accommodation, visa and insurance; and programme cost breakdown.) and confirmed student participant list. 

 For activities with an end date on or before 30 June 2022
 Result Announcement Funding pre-approval made by 15 May 2022
 Pre-Departure Briefing GEO to arrange Briefing for Individual students which is mandatory for Fund Disbursement. Academic Units to arrange Briefing for the Group of students as and when appropriate. 
  By 20 July 2022  

Report Submission

Student to submit full activity report and official transcript/certificate of completion in electronic copy to GEO

Academic units to submit activity report to GEO for the group of students

Fund Disbursement

By 30 August 2022

Disbursement make to individual students


Government Subsidy

Government Subsidy is available to eligible students undertaking 2021-22 SAF funded activities (except for virtual mode of learning). Please refer to briefing note for details.

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