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Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme

Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme (URFP) 2018-19

[Note: The application period was over.] 

Objective and Overview

The URFP is a prestigious programme aimed to enhance students’ learning experience and to nurture the next generation of researchers/scholars.  It offers opportunities for academically outstanding students to undertake research under the guidance and supervision of academic staff who have a strong research track record and experience in training research postgraduate students.  Students enrolled in the URFP are required to undertake a research study.  Research internship may form an essential part of such a research study, if determined by the supervisors concerned.

Eligibility Criteria

The following are eligible for participating in the URFP:
1. Students who are in the 95th percentile of top students in a study programme; or
2. Students who have a CGPA of 3.60 and above.

Year of Study

Students generally enroll in the URFP in their final year of study.  Flexibility is provided for cases with strong research interest and potential are identified earlier than the final year.

URFP Components for attendance

Eligible students can complete one of the following components for the URFP:

A. one of the following 12-credit courses:

  • AMER3007 Dissertation in American Studies
  • EUST3003 European Studies dissertation (capstone experience)
  • HIST4017 Dissertation elective (capstone experience)
  • HIST4026 History publishing (capstone experience)
  • SINO2006 China Studies dissertation
  • PHIL4920 Senior thesis

B. one of the following combinations of two 6-credit courses:

AMER2021  On the road again: Field trip in American Studies; AND
AMER2051  Extended essay in American Studies
Option 1: Any TWO of the following courses:
      ENGL3033 Research seminar in English studies (capstone experience);
      ENGL3034 Research seminar in English literary studies (capstone experience);
      ENGL3036 Research seminar in English linguistics (capstone experience);
      ENGL3037 Research seminar in language and society (capstone experience);
OR Option 2:
       ENGL3042  Extended essay in English studies (capstone experience);
in conjunction with another ENGL advanced course

HIST4015  The theory and practice of history (capstone experience); AND
HIST4023  History research project (capstone experience)

JAPN4101 Japanese Studies research project: Capstone experience; AND
JAPN3029 Readings in Japanese Studies

Any TWO of the following courses:
KORE3022 Korean Studies research project (capstone experience);
KORE3032 Directed Readings in Korean Studies;
KORE3035 Korean Studies field trip;
KORE3038 Korean Studies research seminar (capstone experience)

Option 1: Any TWO of the following courses:
      ENGL3036  Research seminar in English linguistics (capstone experience);
      ENGL3037  Research seminar in language and society (capstone experience);
OR Option 2: 
        LCOM3006  Extended essay in Language and communication;
in conjunction with another LCOM advanced course 

Any TWO of the following courses:
LING3002  Extended essay (capstone experience);

LING3003  Linguistics field trip (capstone experience); 
LING3005 Advanced topics in reading, language and cognition (capstone experience);
LING3006 Laboratory Linguistics (capstone experience)* 

Part 1: ONE of the following courses:
    MUSI3038 Methodological perspectives in music I*;
    MUSI3039 Methodological perspectives in music II (capstone experience)*
AND Part 2: ONE of the following courses:
         MUSI3031 Special study (capstone experience);
         MUSI4003 Dissertation (capstone experience)

* new course subject to approval


All students enrolled in the URFP will be required to produce a research deliverable, e.g. dissertation, research paper, etc. for assessment.

Supervisory Arrangements

Students should take full responsibility to approach the supervisor assigned to him/her by the School concerned for advice and recommendations of the deliverable(s) after course enrollment. 

Responsibilities of Supervisors

A supervisor’s responsibilities include helping the student to define the topic of his/her research study; determining whether research internship is to be required for the student’s research study and making arrangements for the student to undertake such an internship if required; setting work targets for any internship to be undertaken by the student; arranging regular meetings with the student at which all matters relating to the student’s research study can be discussed with the supervisor; and monitoring the student’s progress through to completion of his/her research study.


The fellowship will be recorded in the transcripts of students who have successfully completed the URFP.  Awards will be established to recognise outstanding performance.

Application Procedures and Timetable

Application is by invitation only. [Note: The application period was over.] The received applications will be considered by both the nominating Schools and Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning). Successful candidates will be notified by email in April 2018.