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The establishment of the Endowed Young Scholars Scheme marks another important chapter in PolyU's relentless pursuit of "Partnership for Impact". The Scheme aims to nurture and encourage young scholars who have attained outstanding research achievements to increase their exposure and further develop in their fields. Joining hands with like-minded philanthropists, PolyU endeavours to empower and leverage these young scholars' full potential in creating possibilities for innovation and breakthroughs.

The Scheme signifies both the donor and the public's affirmation of our research capability and strengths in addressing societal needs, and the profound recognition of promising early-career scholars to inspire future scientists and researchers.

The Scheme

Donors can choose the disciplines or fields of study they wish to support with a donation, and their names will perpetually precede academic posts relating to the disciplines of their choice. An outstanding young scholar at Associate Professor or Assistant Professor level will be appointed through the University's Academic Selection Committee and Advisory Committee. Together with a matching contribution from the University, the donation will establish the endowed fund, providing annual funding to support the research and academic activities of the Endowed Young Scholar.


The name of the donor, or other honouree(s) as designated by donor, will be attached to an academic post. The appointee will be referred to in official documentation as, for example:

“Associate Professor, Leon Chan,
[Donor’s Name] Young Scholar in (a designated discipline)”

Prestigious Legacy

The appointed scholar will carry the Endowed Young Scholar title, preceded by the donor's name, in their business cards, academic publications, presentations, and in public engagements and formal occasions, as appropriate. Donors are also regularly updated about the progress of the research areas they support.



Zoe Lam

Alumni Affairs and Development Office

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