How to Apply

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the Lingnan W.T. Chan Fellowship Program by visiting this page.  Inquiries may be sent to:

Applicants are also welcome to download and read this bi-lingual introduction to the Program: Lingnan WT Chan Fellowships Program Bi-lingual Introduction | 岭南陈氏学者奖学金项目简介


All applicants must be currently enrolled as full-time students at Lingnan University or Sun Yat-sen University during the academic year for which they are applying.

Final year undergraduate students should provide proof of acceptance to a graduate program for the next academic year. Postgraduate students should provide proof that their academic program will continue for at least one semester upon their return after completion of the Fellowship, or that they have been accepted into a further graduate program for the following year.

Lingnan University, Hong Kong (LUHK)

All second-year or third-year undergraduate and postgraduate students from all majors are eligible to apply.

Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU)

All postgraduate students (excluding international students and students from Hong Kong or Macau) from all majors are eligible to apply.

Interested students must get approval from their faculties and submit the related application form. See detailed information below.

Important Dates

  • Monday November 4, 2019 at 11pm China/Hong Kong Time - Deadline to apply.

NOTE: Applicants are encouraged to submit 48 hours before the deadline in case they encounter submission issues that need to be resolved.

  • Applicants who have been selected to be interviewed will be notified by December 31, 2019.
  • The in-person interviews will take place on January 15-16, 2020 at a location to be determined.  Applicants should hold these dates in case they are invited to be interviewed.
  • For selected Fellows, there will be an orientation program held in June 5-7 OR June 12-14, 2020 - that selected Fellows are REQUIRED to attend.
  • The Fellowships begin in at the end of July 2020 or beginning of August 2020.

Application Process

Step 1: Fill out the online application.

Step 2: Upload the completed and signed Application Form and Essay Questions in your online application (must be in PDF format). 2020WTChanAPPLICATION

Step 3: Upload other required documents (All documents must be in PDF format. Photo must be in JPG format. Documents submitted in any formats other than what is specified will not be accepted):

a. One letter of recommendation from a person able to offer insight into the character, ability, and motivation of the applicant.

The letter should be from someone, other than a relative or friend, who knows the applicant well and can comment on her/his interest in community issues, involvement in community service activities, and personal character (work supervisor, work colleague, internship coordinator, teacher, etc.). The letter should be in English, although a letter in Chinese will be accepted if an English reference is difficult to obtain.

The recommendation letter needs to be signed by the person who recommended you. Please ask the Recommender to use this Recommendation Form. The Recommender Form/letter should be uploaded to the application website along with other material.

b. Official transcripts (with stamp)/reports of all coursework done at the college/university level.

c. One recent passport-sized photo in color. The photo must be at least 3 (w) x 5 (h) cm, and clearly show your face.

d. Photocopies of award certificates and other supplementary documents are not required for the initial application. However, candidates selected for further interview should be prepared to submit these documents upon request for the program organizer's verification.

Step 4: (This step only applies to SYSU students) Applicants must get approval from their faculties and submit the related application form.


Applicants are encouraged to use the online application form.  If you having trouble accessing the online application, please contact  If your access issue can not be resolved, please complete and submit the following forms and documents to

  • 2020WTChanAPPLICANTInfoForm (must save as PDF)
  • 2020WTChanAPPLICATION(must save as PDF)
  • Transcripts/reports of all coursework done at the college/university level. (must save as PDF)
  • One passport-sized photo in color. The photo must be at least 3 (w) x 5 (h) cm, and clearly show your face. (must be saved as JPG)
  • SYSU Faculty Approval Form (must be saved as PDF)
  • Recommendation letter signed by your recommender (must be saved as PDF)