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 Hong Kong or Sun Yat-sen University at the time of application. To be eligible for the Program, all students must maintain their student status for the Spring 2025 semester. This means that you cannot graduate and then participate in the Program; you must return to your home university after the conclusion of the Program and have at least one semester left of student status on your academic course.

We will be hosting Information Seminars on Zoom throughout the Fall to share more about the Fellowships and to answer your questions! Four Information Seminars will be held on Zoom throughout  (Hong Kong/Beijing Time):

  1. Information Seminar 1: October 14th, 09:00 [Saturday]
  2. Information Seminar 3: November 6th, 21:00 [Monday]
  3. Information Seminar 4: December 2nd, 09:00 [Saturday]
  4. Information Seminar 5: December 10th, 16:30 [Sunday]

Information Seminar Zoom link:

Important Dates

  • Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 11:59pm Beijing/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 January 2024.
  • Online interviews will take place on February 3-4, 2024 via Zoom. Applicants must hold these dates and be available in case they are invited to be interviewed. Rescheduling interviews is not possible.
  • For selected Fellows, there will be an orientation program held in June 2023 that selected Fellows are REQUIRED to attend. Details on the orientation will be provided at a later time.
  • The Fellowships begin August 1, 2023 and conclude in mid-December 2023. Fellows will return home in early January 2025.

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):

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 2024 WT Chan 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.

e. SYSU applications are required to submit the SYSU Graduate Student Form directly to the SYSU Graduate School. Please download the form here: GraduateSYSU中山大学研究生国际交流申请表 For any questions on this Form, please contact the SYSU Graduate School:


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