The University of Hong Kong offers a number of student awards which could be broadly categorized as follows:
Entrance Scholarships for Undergraduate Students
These are geared to attract local and non-local students pursuing full-time undergraduate degrees and are awarded on the basis of students' academic performances at prevailing public examinations for admissions to HKU.
Faculty / Discipline-specific Scholarships / Prizes
These recognise the achievement of students who have the best overall performance in a particular major of studies.
Student Enrichment Scholarships
The undergraduate curriculum places a strong emphasis on building a student's interdisciplinary knowledge base, and advocates experiential learning in addition to classroom learning. These enrichment scholarships encourage students to take part in a wide range of learning activities mostly overseas, such as academic exchange, study tours, internships, research fellowships, service learning / volunteering.
These aim to support less privileged students and free them from financial constraints during their studies at HKU. An example is the First-in-the-Family Education Fund which supports students who are the first generation in their families to attend university to partake outside- classroom learning activities.
These enable the University to attract high-calibre students to pursue research postgraduate studies and to raise its research capabilities. These fellowships include awards for first-year research postgraduate students enrolled in the regular PhD or the joint PhD degree programmes; and for current PhD students to pursue MPhil degrees at partner institutions.