Young Scientist Scheme (YSS) for Outstanding Students in 6901 BSc

August 22, 2017

What is Young Scientist Scheme (YSS) all about?

As a strong, research-oriented faculty, the Faculty of Science at HKU is committed to providing our students with the best science education and incubating future scientists.  YSS provides outstanding students with ample early research experiences in 6901 BSc Programme.

Students in YSS are guaranteed with:

  • Enrolment in our flagship Summer Research Fellowship (SRF) Scheme to conduct research under the supervision of our professors in the first summer
  • A further SRF or Overseas Research Fellowship (ORF) in a foreign institution in subsequent years
  • International exchange, visiting or summer study
  • Attendance in international scientific conference on frontier research
  • Guidance from a research mentor individually from the start of the undergraduate study
  • Enrolment in our Frontiers of Science Honours Seminar to learn how our award-winning professors solve their research problems
  • An entrance scholarship ranging from HKD 20,000 to HKD 40,000#
  • Stipends for research programmes

# for JUPAS students with a total score of 31 or above in their best 5 HKDSE subjects (Category A subjects and M1/M2). Scholarship for Non-JUPAS students are considered on a case-by-case basis.  (click here for details about scholarship)

Engaging in research early


YSS participants are guaranteed to have exchange, visiting or summer study in one of the following universities*:  

North America
  • University of California
  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Stanford University
  • Yale University
  • University of Cambridge
  • Imperial College London
  • King's College London
  • University of Oxford

*List of universities may be subject to change

Examples of institutions for Overseas Research Fellowship

North America
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • MIT
  • Stanford University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • CERN
  • University of Cambridge
  • University College London

Who is entitled to join YSS? 

JUPAS students admitted to 6901 BSc programme with a total score of 31 or above in their best 5 HKDSE subjects (Category A subjects and M1/M2) are automatically accepted to YSS. No interview is needed.

Selected Non-JUPAS applicants will be invited to enrol in YSS.

Note: Other students who are not accepted to YSS can still compete for the SRF, ORF and/or international exchange during their study

Features of 6901 Bachelor of Science Programme

  • a choice of 14 Science majors within one degree programme choice
  • declare major by the end of the second year of study
  • no quota for each major
  • easy to change majors
  • additional major and minor options in Science or non-Science disciplines
  • academic advisory system

To view the leaflet, please click here.

FAQ for Young Scientist Scheme (YSS)