[Second Call for Application] 2024 HKUST SENG-BICI Entrepreneurship PhD Program (Deadline: 13 Feb 2024, Tue)

HKUST, Beijing & Guangzhou

2024-25 prospective PhD students of the School of Engineering are cordially invited to apply for the 2024 HKUST SENG-BICI Entrepreneurship PhD Program. The program is jointly offered by HKUST School of Engineering and Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation (BICI), administrated by the HKUST Collaborative Innovation Center (HCIC). Admitted students will be mentored by supervisors of both HKUST and BICI. Students who meet the degree requirements of HKUST will be awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree by HKUST, and be awarded a Certificate of Innovatician by BICI in fulfilling the relevant requirements of BICI. The program will commence in September 2024 and accept 10 students in 2024-25 academic year.


Key Technology Areas:  

-    Photoelectric Technology
-    Environmental and Resources Engineering
-    Materials Engineering
-    Intelligent Manufacturing
-    Biomedical Engineering
-    Any Relevant Interdisciplinary Fields



The intended program duration is generally 4 years. Students are required to spend half of their time resident at HKUST and half at BICI (in Beijing and/or Guangzhou normally).

Financial Support: 

BICI provides maximum 4 years of studentship support to the admitted students. The amount is identical to HKUST’s Postgraduate Studentship (PGS) rate during the student’s study period at HKUST. Students are also entitled to scholarships provided by BICI according to the policies of BICI during their residency at BICI or BICI’s designated project locations.
Application Procedure:

  • Interested applicants must communicate fully with the intended supervisor and get his/her consent in advance before submitting application materials. Faculty members of the School of Engineering could be found at https://seng.hkust.edu.hk/about/our-People/faculty.
  • Applicants should complete the Application Form in Simplified Chinese and submit 1) the completed application form, 2) graduation certificates and academic transcripts, 3) your resume in both English and Simplified Chinese, and 4) English level certificate of TOEFL/IELTS, via https://ust.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2mbpfpH6sDjRiyG by 13 February 2024 (Tuesday).
  • HKUST will shortlist candidates in accordance with the regular admission criteria, and BICI will also conduct innovation ability assessments for the shortlisted candidates. Applicants who pass both the assessments of HKUST and BICI will be admitted to the 2024 Entrepreneurship PhD Program.

         Notes: One’s admission status to HKUST will not be impacted if they are not admitted to the 2024 Entrepreneurship PhD Program.

Application Deadline:

13 February 2024 (Tuesday), 23:59


Miss Constance TONG     hcic@ust.hk                +852 2358 6931
Dr. Daiying XU                 xudaiying@ust.hk       +852 2358 8957

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About HKUST Collaborative Innovation Center (HCIC)

The HKUST Collaborative Innovation Center (HCIC) was jointly established by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation (BICI) in December 2019. HCIC aims to promote the various types of cooperation between HKUST and BICI in projects beneficial to both Parties and society. The main research areas for HCIC include, but not limited to, Advanced Materials and Devices, Electronics and Devices, Energy and Environment, Healthcare, and Intelligent Systems and Robotics. 

About Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation (BICI)

The Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation (BICI) is a pioneering new institute in China who endeavours to bring research outputs to market. It employs innovative approaches to fund for translational researches aiming to improve the probability of commercialization success. It has established collaborations with both major domestic and overseas institutions.

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(Please refer to the Application Procedure section and the deadline for the second call for application)  

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