The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is now inviting applications from the Chinese Mainland, Taiwan and Macao PhD students in any discipline to spend one year as a Research Assistant (RA) under the Joint Supervision Scheme.

For 2018/19, a quota of 25 places has been allocated to the Scheme, of which three of them have been earmarked for Zhejiang University in compliance with the agreement between Zhejiang University and PolyU.

Details of the Scheme

The research topic should be jointly worked out by the two main supervisors from PolyU and the Chinese Mainland/ Taiwan/Macao university concerned.
   

The main supervisors from the Chinese Mainland/Taiwan/Macao university concerned and PolyU will act as the Chief Supervisor and the Co-supervisor of the student, respectively.
   

The student should be jointly selected by the supervisors of both universities and be registered at the university with which the Chief Supervisor is affiliated.

   

The student from other Chinese Mainland, Taiwan and Macao university will spend no more than 12 months at PolyU as a Research Assistant (RA). Due to the agreement signed between Zhejiang University and PolyU, the student from Zhejiang University is required to spend 12 months at PolyU as an RA. He/She will be remunerated at a rate of the monthly salary.
   

The student will then conduct the rest of his/her research at the Chinese Mainland/Taiwan/Macao university concerned. Both supervisors are required to be present at the examination board. The student will finally be awarded the PhD degree of the Chinese Mainland/Taiwan/Macao university concerned.

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on the following criteria:

Quality of the proposal and proposed research area
  Quality of the proposal is important. The proposal must be well presented and should show scientific and scholarly merit as well as originality. Besides, preference will be given to students whose research areas have been identified as the research focus of the Department/School concerned.
   

History of collaboration between the supervisors
 

Due consideration will be given to the duration, intensity/strength and impact of collaboration between the two supervisors in the relevant research areas in the past.

   

Quality of the student and his/her stage of studies

  The student should be strong academically. In addition, applications from PhD students that are at the final stage of their studies with no involvement of PolyU staff from the beginning of their research projects will not be considered. The period between the time when PhD students commence to work as RA at PolyU and their expected study end dates should be at least one and a half years, unless formal appointment letters to PolyU supervisors from the Chinese Mainland/Taiwan/Macao universities are provided as evidence to prove that PolyU supervisors are involved from the beginning of the students' research projects.
   

Research track record of the supervisor from the Chinese Mainland/Taiwan/Macao university concerned
  The prospective Chief Supervisor should have successful experience of supervising doctoral students and have publication records at the international level. If it is considered to be difficult to produce international publications in some disciplines, he/she should prove that he/she is of high academic status in the field.
   

Research track record of the supervisor from PolyU
  PolyU supervisors should have strong track records in research.  Given the research track records of the supervisors from the Chinese Mainland/Taiwan/Macao universities as one of the selection criteria, the research track records of PolyU supervisors should also be taken into account in view of the two way selection approach adopted for this Scheme. Therefore, PolyU supervisors should also have successful experience of supervising doctoral students.
   

Quality of the Chinese Mainland/Taiwan/Macao university concerned

Application Procedures

Applicants must contact a faculty member at the twenty-eight academic departments/schools (which include theInterdisciplinary Division of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering) of PolyU or the Chinese Mainland, Taiwan or Macao University concerned in the first instance. Interested parties may wish to refer to the major research areas currently being pursued in each academic department/school.  

An application must be made by a faculty member of PolyU, who will act as the Co-supervisor of the prospective PhD student of the Chinese Mainland, Taiwan or Macao university concerned, in the form of a research project proposal. The CV of the PhD student specifying the period of PhD studies should be attached. Besides, more information on the PhD student’s journal papers should be provided (if any), such as the language of the journals where the papers are published/accepted, whether the journals are JCR journals, and journal ranking and impact factor according to the latest database if appropriate. The information will be used for reference only by the Selection Panel.

Applications should be endorsed by the Departmental Research Committee and, if applicable, the Faculty Research Committee before they are sent to the Selection Panel of PolyU by 7 December 2018. Therefore, applicants should confirm with the respective academic department/school or his/her Co-supervisor at PolyU the individual departmental application deadline.

Successful applicants would be informed of the results by the academic department/school to which his/her Co-supervisor belongs in February 2018.

Enquiries

For enquiries about procedural matters, please contact the Research Office by email at verne.yy.chat@polyu.edu.hk, fax at (852) 2355 7651, or telephone at (852) 2766 6379.