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Application for Two-Year URIS 2024/25


We are thrilled to announce the prestigious Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scheme (URIS) 2024/25 Cohort is now open for application! Before application submission, please read the URIS Handbook (2024/25) for the details of the programme, application process, assessment process, completion requirements and other regulations.

Walk-in Consultation And Meetup with Current URIS Students

Date: 24 April 2024 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Venue: Room HJ203, Podium, Stanley Ho Building, Poly U

1. About URIS 2024/25


  • All research projects shall commence on 1 September 2024 with a fixed project duration of TWO years. Requests for project extension are generally not accepted unless strong justifications are provided.

  • Workshops and seminars are offered in Sem 1 and Sem 2 every year. Topics include research methods, research project management, research ethics, academic writing, presentation skills, creative thinking, innovative thinking and more.

  • PolyU Research Student Conference (PRSC) is organised annually to provide an exchange and learning platform for students to present and collect feedback on their research, and to learn and socialise with peers and academics.

 Financial Support

  • A URIS Scholarship of up to HK$20,000 will be awarded to each successful applicants. The scholarship will be released to students in two instalments, subject to satisfactory progress/completion review. In the event of programme withdrawal or failure to fulfill any programme requirements, the scholarship offer will be forfeited at once.

  • Each research project is awarded a URIS Project Grant of HK$30,000.

  • Other exclusive funding opportunities under CURI are available for application.

2. Application for Admission

Student Eligibility

  • Full-time PolyU students proceeding to Year 2 study of a 4-year undergraduate programme or students proceeding to Year 2 or Year 3 study of a 5-year undergraduate programme, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 at the end of Semester 2 of 2023/24 academic year and have a clean student disciplinary record.  

Supervisor Eligibility

  • Full-time PolyU tenure-track academic staff at the level of Assistant Professor or above. Research Assistant Professor or above can serve as a co-supervisor. Other non-tenure-track academic staff proposed as co-supervisor will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Selection Criteria

  • Quality of the research proposal as in research value, originality, methodology, feasibility and deliverables;

  • Students' academic performance; and

  • Students' track record of research experience, demonstrated through research prizes or awards, or appointment as a research assistant.

Application Procedures

Step 1: Reach out to the potential supervisor on the PolyU Scholars Hub or the Supervisor List and obtain consent for being the project supervisor.

Step 2: Prepare the research project proposal of not more than four A4 pages (single line spaced); with staged objectives, milestones and deliverables, etc.

Step 3: Download the latest assessment result from eStudent.

Step 4: Complete the online application and upload required documents on or before 30 April 2024.

Application Timeline

  •  Event  Key Date / Deadline
    Information session of student 1 March 2024
    Information session of staff 6 March 2024
    Call for application 8 March 2024
    Application submission deadline 30 April 2024
    Chief supervisor endorsement deadline 13 May 2024
    D/SRC proposal evaluation deadline 27 May 2024
    Eligibility check by GS Early June 2024
    Panel selection and approval
    Mid-June 2024
    Result announcement by email Late June 2024
    Offer acceptance by successful applicants Late June 2024

The University reserves the right to modify the programme, its related regulations and admission quota as deemed necessary without prior notice. In the event of any disputes, the University reserves the right to make the final decision.


Submit Application Now!



For programme details and regulations of each URIS cohort, please refer to the respective handbook or guidelines here

Yes, we encourage cross-department and interdisciplinary research projects.
The yearly admission quota for URIS is 100, with 50 quotas offered as entry scholarship for PolyU first-year-first-degree (FYFD) students, and 50 quotas as scholarship for current students.
Group projects on the same research topic are allowed but each student should work on a different research problem and submit a separate individual application and proposal. To indicate a group project, the Chief Supervisor should specify an identical research topic on each student's application during the application endorsement stage.
Each student's application is independently assessed by the panel.
The URIS research project can be a precursor of FYP or Capstone project. In addition, students should complete the URIS programme before their final year of study.

Students admitted to URIS are given priority to admit to CURI RC at the Homantin Halls of Residence throughout the two-year URIS programme, subject to satisfactory progress review result. Students are required to reside in CURI RC throughout the programme unless a discretionary exemption applies. If students are admitted to URIS and have received multiple hall offers, they are mandated to reside in the CURI RC. Regarding hall application, you may refer to the SAO's website

In principle, students should conduct research in Hong Kong throughout the programme period and physically attend CURI Workshop and Seminar Series and PolyU Research Student Conference. However, in the case of two-year URIS programme, requests for prolonged absence from campus for exchange study or overseas internship will be considered. 

Students undertaking exchange study and overseas internship during the programme period must submit an Undertaking Form, downloadable on the GS Website, to CURI Administration at least four weeks prior to the departure, indicating commitment to continue URIS research activities abroad without progress delay. Chief Supervisors must provide written approval and consent for remote project supervision. In addition, students may be required to attend make-up sessions to meet the attendance requirements of CURI Workshop and Seminar Series.

For those who went on overseas activities without proper approval from CURI, the students concerned may be terminated from URIS programme. The remaining amount of scholarship, hall residency at CURI RC and CURI membership for students concerned will be discontinued, and any unspent project grant will be clawed back with immediate effect.

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