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Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme

Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme (URFP) 2017-18

[Note: Application for URFP 2017-18 is closed.]

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 the BA (4-year) curriculum; or
2. Students admitted under the 4-year curriculum who have a cumulative GPA 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
  • HIST4017 Dissertation elective
  • HIST4026 History publishing
  • 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;
      ENGL3034  Research seminar in English literary studies;
      ENGL3036  Research seminar in English linguistics;
      ENGL3037  Research seminar in language and society;
OR Option 2:
            ENGL3042  Extended essay in English studies; AND any ONE ENGL advanced course

HIST4015  The theory and practice of history; AND
HIST4023  History research project

KORE3022  Korean Studies research project; AND
KORE3032  Directed Readings in Korean Studies

Option 1: Any TWO of the following courses:
      ENGL3036  Research seminar in English linguistics;
      ENGL3037  Research seminar in language and society;
OR Option 2: 
            LCOM3006  Extended essay in Language and communication; AND any ONE LCOM advanced course

LING3002  Extended essay; AND
LING3003  Linguistics field trip


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

[Note: Application for URFP 2017-18 is closed.] Application is by invitation only. 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 March 2017.