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Croucher Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research Applicants of Hong Kong, 2016-2017

The Croucher Foundation is inviting applications for Croucher fellowships for postdoctoral research applicants. All applicants must disclose offers of financial support received, or likely to be received, from other sources. Applicants and Fellowship holders must keep the Foundation informed of the progress of applications for support from other sources. Fellowships are awarded in natural sciences, technology and medicine in approved academic institutions outside Hong Kong. The application deadline is 16th November 2015.

Study Subject(s): Fellowships are awarded in natural sciences, technology and medicine in approved academic institutions outside Hong Kong.
Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing postdoctoral research program in approved academic institutions outside Hong Kong.
Scholarship Provider: The Croucher Foundation
The award can be taken at: Abroad

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Eligibility: –Fellows must be full-time research workers.
-All applicants must disclose offers of financial support received, or likely to be received, from other sources. Applicants and Fellowship holders must keep the Foundation informed of the progress of applications for support from other sources. Croucher Fellowships are on occasion, and at the discretion of the Foundation as an exception, allowed to be held concurrently with other minor awards.
-The Foundation occasionally gives approval for Fellows to be remunerated for a limited amount of teaching or research responsibilities but such Fellows must seek approval in advance from the Foundation which may in its absolute discretion modify the terms of the Fellowship.
-Fellows who finish their research prior to the expiry date of the awards must report to the Foundation, and are liable to return on a pro-rata basis any excess maintenance allowance and other allowances to the Foundation within one month upon the completion of research.
-Fellows who have to terminate their research for whatever reason must first seek approval from the Foundation at least three months in advance, and return the whole or part of the award at an amount at the discretion of the Foundation. Failure to do so will have legal consequences.
-All awards will be subject to: a satisfactory medical examination by a medical practitioner, and the candidate‡s acceptance by the institution in which he/she proposes to work. 

Open for International Students: The students of Hong Kong can apply for the opportunity .

Description: The Croucher Foundation is a private endowment set up in 1979 and permanently domiciled in Hong Kong, with the objective of promoting excellence in natural sciences, technology and medicine in Hong Kong. One of the Foundation‡s regular funding initiatives is to provide financial support for promising young people in Hong Kong to pursue scientific research at postdoctoral and doctoral levels. The awards offered by the Croucher Foundation Limited (“the Foundation”) are intended to enable applicants who are permanent residents of Hong Kong to devote themselves to a period of full-time research in natural sciences, medicine or technology in approved academic institutions outside Hong Kong. These are educational awards for graduates who obtained their doctoral degrees after September 2014, and not primarily meant as grants for enabling a university or institution to employ research personnel for research projects. Some Fellowships are also available for fully qualified medical doctors who wish to pursue research under a speciality. Applicants who propose to continue their postdoctoral research in the same institution where they do their doctoral degrees will normally not be favoured. Applicants who are already receiving full financial support from their proposed host institutions/supervisors need not apply.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The length of the award will be explicitly stated in the grant letter when the offer is made. If the award is for more than one year, the candidate will in the first instance be “on probation” for one year, and the award for the remaining period is entirely at the Foundation‡s discretion subject to confirmation upon evidence of satisfactory progress in the first year. The maximum period for a Fellowship is two years.

What does it cover? A Croucher Fellowship normally comprises the following:
-an annual maintenance allowance which is set at USD48,240 per annum;
-one economy class single air fare at both the beginning and end of the period of the award;
-a one-off arrival allowance of USD1,000 to cover the costs of arriving in a new country during the first year of tenure;
-a research allowance of up to USD15,000 per annum to be used at the discretion of the award recipient for research expenses;
-an academic development allowance of up to USD2,000 per annum to allow Croucher Fellowship recipients to attend conferences, workshops or courses during the tenure of their awards;
-a medical insurance allowance of up to USD2,000 per annum to cover medical insurance costs; and
-a family allowance of up to USD16,000 per annum for a first child and up to USD6,800 per annum for a second child who resides with the scholar during the entire duration of the award.

Selection criteria: Not Known

Notification: All applicants should be aware that the Croucher awards are highly competitive and there are always more applicants than awards available. Short-listed candidates may be required to attend an interview in March/April 2016.

How to Apply: All applications should be submitted to the Croucher Foundation online. For the 2016-17 selection exercise, applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. (Hong Kong time) on 16th November 2015 at the latest. While proceeding with your application, please invite two referees to provide signed letters of reference for you (with your full name) under confidential cover to be sent to cfadmin-at-croucher.org.hk (in PDF), or fax to (852) 2730 0742 by the deadline above. Please make sure the following documents in PDF format (each not exceeding 8MB) have been uploaded to your application:
-a document, up to 6 pages in length, including: a proposal describing the research to be undertaken which should include the names of potential supervisors and their research groups. To ensure fairness in competition to all applicants, a proposal once submitted cannot be amended;
-a description of the candidate‡s research experience, and a list of publications;
-copies of the applicant‡s HKCEE and HKALE certificates (or equivalent) and transcripts of his/her university records;
-copies of reprints of the applicant‡s three most significant publications (if applicable); and
-one set of relevant documentation to provide proof of identity in respect of the applicant‡s status as a permanent resident of Hong Kong which is pre-requisite to the award. (For applicants who choose to use their ID card copies, please make sure that both sides of the ID card must be provided. The Foundation is not prepared to take an application any further if there is doubt of the residential status of an applicant upon incomplete documentation.)

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 16th November 2015.

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