HSBC Social Work Scholarship

On the Donor

In 1965, in commemoration of its Centenary, the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) established a fund at The University of Hong Kong to attract some of the best undergraduates and students entering the University into a career in social work in Hong Kong. The donation fund had been deployed to support social work students in the form of scholarships and later extended to bursaries from 1982 and travel awards from 1987.  In 2014, the scope of the fund was revised to provide support mainly in the form of scholarships.  Travel awards will be funded as and when appropriate.


Purpose and Scope

The Scholarship shall be awarded to local full-time Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) students of proven academic ability:

  • For first-year students: academic merit shown in public examinations for entry to the University, and a GPA of 3.3 or above in the first semester examinations;
  • For second-year or above students: GPA of 3.3 or above.

Other criteria shall be taken into consideration: with genuine interest in social work as a career, character, motivation, personality, and sense of responsibility.


Application Timeline

Applications for 2019-20 are now open.  Please click here for details.

Shortlisted candidates will need to attend interview(s), in person, between February - April 2020.  Results are expected to be announced in May-June 2020.


Click here to learn more about the 2017 HSBC Scholars Day.

Awarded by External Body
Value of Award HK$25,000
Renewal Conditions --
Selection by Open application and interview
Type of Scholarships Merit-based Scholarships for Current Students
*Financial Needs apply
Place of Origin of Students Local
Level of Study Undergraduate
Faculty Social Sciences
Year of Study Not specified