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The IAS Junior Fellows

Founded only 25 years ago, HKUST has undergone extraordinary development to become a leading research institution and one of the most prominent young universities worldwide. Looking ahead, HKUST plans to enhance its contribution to the world academic community, not only by delivering high-quality research and tertiary education, but also by nurturing especially talented young men and women in pursuit of their scholarly goals.

The IAS strives to provide the best possible environment to support creative activity by all of its affiliates. The Junior Fellow program is intended to allow young researchers to develop their scholarly potential free from the distractions and administrative burdens that often accompany academic positions. In the company of more senior colleagues and IAS affiliates, who can act as role models and mentors, Junior Fellows can realize their potential during some of their most creative and productive years.

The IAS Junior Fellows
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

HKUST IAS is an organization dedicated to fostering research and creative activity at the highest level across a broad range of disciplines. Its programs support the activities of researchers, scholars, artists, and others in pursuit of their creative goals.
As part of its mission to nurture and develop men and women in the early stages of their academic careers, the IAS is inviting nominations for Junior Fellows. Junior Fellows are supported at the IAS to pursue their research unfettered by other requirements or responsibilities. Candidates should be of the highest caliber with demonstrated originality and clear potential for further significant accomplishments and leadership in their scholarly endeavors.


Candidates for the Junior Fellowship should have received a PhD degree or equivalent prior to 1 September 2018, and should be within 5 years of having received the degree. While not a requirement, graduate training from outside of Hong Kong is an advantage. Young researchers of all disciplines are eligible.


Appointments as Junior Fellows will be for a non-renewable 3-year term with a stipend of HK$585,000 (approx. US$75,000) per annum, with health and dental coverage provided. Additional funds of HK$60,000 (approx. US$7,690) per year are available for each Junior Fellow to support duty travel and other research-related expenses.

Junior Fellows are expected to conduct their work in residence at HKUST during the regular term time. Fellows may not be enrolled in any degree program and may not enroll in course for credit. They are expected to devote their full efforts to their own research.

Should laboratory space be required, candidates communicate their needs to the IAS after the nomination process. Laboratory requests will be met as much as possible at the HKUST.


The nomination process is rolling and ongoing. Candidates must be nominated to be considered, usually by those under whom they have studied. Letters of nomination should include a candid assessment of the candidate’s work and promise, along with contact information for at least three others who have agreed to write supporting letters of recommendations.

Nominations should be submitted via a simple online form, which takes a few minutes and collects only some basic contact information. Letters and additional materials should be submitted by email.

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