October 2023
Volume 24, Issue 4
Newsletter of School of Hotel & Tourism Management
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Ph.D. Opportunities at the SHTM
The SHTM invites applications to the Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) and the Ph.D. Scholarship scheme for admission in 2023/2024. Successful applicants will receive a monthly assistantship in the form of a stipend to support their studies. Recipients of the assistantship will be required to provide support for teaching and scholarly activities at the SHTM.

The SHTM aims to recruit outstanding Ph.D. students, irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background. Our current Ph.D. students hail from different parts of the world such as Canada, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Hong Kong, Iran, Kenya, Macau, Mainland China, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. Our Ph.D. graduates have received international scholarly recognition and hold positions at renowned universities and other academic institutions worldwide, including the University of Central Florida, University of Delaware, EHL Hospitality Business School, Griffith University, the University of South Australia, Sun Yat-sen University and the University of Surrey.

The main areas of Ph.D. research at the SHTM are available here. The School will give priority to proposed research topics in the following four broad areas of focus:
  • Smart tourism (for example: artificial intelligence, robotics, technological innovation, branding, marketing, experience management and customer engagement)
  • Performance measurement and management (for example: financial and revenue management and measurement, operational management, service management and event management)
  • Future of tourism and forecasting (for example: demand forecasting and emerging products and markets)
  • Policy and planning (for example: public policy, tourism planning and development)
We are also inviting applications to the dual-award Ph.D. programme jointly offered by the SHTM and the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey. The programme leads to separate awards from these two world-leading institutions. New Ph.D. students will be jointly admitted to the programme on a full-time basis and will be registered with both institutions right from the start of their studies. They will be jointly supervised by expert scholars at both institutions and will be required to spend at least 18 months at each. Students will be required to complete one piece of research to fulfil the award requirements of the two institutions.

For more information on admission requirements and application procedures, please visit https://www.polyu.edu.hk/gs/hkpfs and https://www.polyu.edu.hk/shtm/study/phd or e-mail anita.hs.chan@polyu.edu.hk. The closing date for applications for admission to the HKPFS, the Ph.D. Scholarship scheme and the joint Ph.D. programme is 1 December 2023.

Please direct all enquiries about Ph.D. applications to Professor Sam Kim, Research Student Admissions Officer (sam.kim@polyu.edu.hk).

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