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Society of Fellows in the Humanities

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Creating a vibrant, young research community at the heart of
Asia’s top university for the arts and humanities

The Society of Fellows in the Humanities is a prestigious new initiative that attracts exceptional, early-career, post-doctoral scholars from around the world to the University of Hong Kong. Located in one of the world’s most dynamic cities and on Mainland China’s doorstep, HKU offers unique opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research through its commitment to innovation and interdisciplinarity.

The 2017-2020 Fellows come from globally renowned institutions, including Sciences Po Paris in France, Harvard University and Stanford University in the USA, University College London in the UK and ETH Zurich in Switzerland. They will be contributing to a vibrant research community and interacting with acclaimed scholars from across all humanities disciplines

The Faculty of Arts is one of the University’s oldest and largest faculties and is consistently recognised as one of the best in Asia for the Arts and Humanities. The Faculty contributes to knowledge development through outstanding scholarship and education. It provides a comprehensive, humanistic, and liberal research environment, a highly internationalised academic staff, and a strong culture- and language-based curriculum.

The Faculty is a recognised centre of research excellence in fields that include Asian Cinema, China Studies, Chinese Philosophy, Fine Arts, History, Law and Literature, Linguistics, and Post-colonial Literatures, and is active in fostering partnerships globally and exploring new means of facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration.


Application for the 2018 intake is now open. Up to six Post-Doctoral Fellowships will  commence on August 1, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter, for a period of three years. Submission deadline is 23:00 on January 7, 2018 (Hong Kong Time).

Detailed information is available at Call for Applications.

Enquiries: Ms Zhang Xuehong at sofhku@hku.hk

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HKU was ranked Asia’s top university for the Arts and Humanities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject in 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 (joint).

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