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

August 22, 2017

To open the window of research frontiers to exceptionally talented students, the Faculty has launched the Young Scientist Scheme (YSS) from academic year 2016-2017, allowing outstanding undergraduate students to have a taste of early research experience during their studies in the 6901 BSc degree curriculum. the Faculty is pleased to announce that 27 outstanding students have been admitted to the first cohort of YSS, of which 17 were admitted through the JUPAS programme while the rest of them were admitted through non-JUPAS channels.

As a strong, research-oriented faculty, the Faculty understands the importance of nurturing talented students at an early stage. With great commitment in incubating the next generation of scientists, the Faculty aims to expose YSS participants to ample authentic research opportunities and equip them with proper scientific training, in the hope of broadening their horizons and developing their personal strengths. Students accepted to YSS are guaranteed with the following learning opportunities: 

  • 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)

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

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

Leaflet of YSS (click to enlarge)

FAQ for Young Scientist Scheme (YSS)