1-HKUST Student Enrichment Activities Fund
Effective from Fall 2019, Student Enrichment Activities Fund (SEA Fund) has been merged with President's 1-HKUST Student Life Award and become 1-HKUST Student Enrichment Activities Fund (1-HKUST SEA Fund).
The purpose of the 1-HKUST Student Enrichment Activities Fund (1-HKUST SEA Fund) is to financially support student groups or individuals to organize or participate, on a voluntary basis, in activities or projects that disseminate at least one of the following learning outcomes:
  • enhance our campus community engagement, multicultural awareness and strengthen the integration between student groups and individuals (students, staff and faculty)
  • engage students in a process of holistic development that connects their body, mind and spirit, or enriches their global outlook
  • enhance students' development through participation in a competition, program or performance, which at the same time cultivates a vibrant and caring learning community on campus
  • facilitate the development of cultural diversity experiences and student engagement activities and fosters a greater sense of belonging amongst the HKUST student community.
Application Guidelines
Full-time students, undergraduates or postgraduates, individuals or student societies* are eligible to apply for subsidy from the Fund. The proposed activities or projects must achieve at least one learning outcome stated above. Past activities or projects will not be considered.
* Except SU-affiliated societies, group names should not be used for the project name or the applicant name. The applicant should be the PIC of the project rather than a group.
If you wish to apply for the Fund, you should write a project proposal which includes a plan of income and possible subsidies granted for the project, a plan of expenditure and the amount of subsidy expected. Before submission, you should check your proposal with the selection criteria of the Fund. Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they meet the selection criteria. If you would like to explore your ideas with someone before you submit your application proposal, contact our staff at 1hkust.fund@ust.hk to make an appointment.
Proposals will be assessed in the main application exercise in Fall semester. Subject to availability of funding, a second round of application may be offered in Spring. Email invitation will be sent to all students when funding is open for application.
Amount of Subsidy

Normally, the amount of subsidy will only cover part of the total expenses. Expenses which may be considered include: program or registration fee, honorarium, equipment, promotion, printing and program materials. Overseas traveling and accommodation expenses may be considered depending on availability of funding.

Subsidy is considered by the selection panel according to the project proposal submitted during application. Should there be any change to the submitted proposal, the project organizer will have the responsibility to inform the secretariat as soon as possible, and the amount of subsidy may be adjusted as a result. The selection panel reserves the right to withdraw the subsidy if the change deviates significantly from the submitted proposal.

Normally, the entire subsidy should be claimed within 2 weeks from the project completion date by submitting completion report along with all expense receipts or documents to the secretariat. Otherwise, any approved subsidy will be deemed as forfeited without further notice.

Selection Criteria
Applications will be assessed taking into consideration of:
  • Community need: whether the proposal identifies and addresses a campus community need
  • Originality: new and creative ideas will be given priority
  • Feasibility: whether the effort is achievable within the proposed time frame and budget
  • Impact: the potential impact of the proposal on campus community.
Project Completion Report
1) Is it on-going and available every year?
The fund is on-going and available every year. The exact amount that will be allocated to the fund will vary slightly from year to year.
2) Will student societies have priority?
Student societies and individual students will be treated equally in the selection process. Applications will be considered based on individual merit.
3) Does the fund cover students going overseas for case competitions or study tour?
Maybe. The fund is quite limited and the amount may not be sufficient to significantly sponsor overseas trips which can be quite expensive.
4) Is the fund for academic purpose?
The purpose of the fund is for student enrichment mainly outside the classroom.
5) Will profit-making projects be considered?
The projects must be non-profit making, student-led and voluntary. Commercial elements are prohibited and will not be considered. Students can collaborate with commercial firms, but the projects must be initiated and led by students.
6) What is the range of subsidy that will be given to a particular project?
To encourage students to be committed to the project, the subsidy will only cover partial expenses. The amount provided will be substantial enough to help complete the project with some financial assistance from other resources.
7) Is there any requirement for the project duration?
There is no specific duration required. The event can be 2 hours long or it can last over a few months. Under normal circumstance, the project should not be prolonged to another academic year.
8) How long will the result of the application be released?
The result of the application will be released within one month after the application deadline.
9) Can voluntary work including fundraising of items be included in the activity?
Yes. However, the fund cannot be used as direct donation.
10) What if my application is accepted, but the activity is not successful?
If the activity cannot be successfully completed, the subsidy will not be awarded.
11) Is it necessary to provide proof of attendance in activities?
Yes. It is important to submit enrollment or registration form along with your application.
12) I have already started a project. Can I apply for funding for this project?
Students should apply for the fund beforehand. Past events will not be considered and subsidies will not be awarded retrospectively.
For enquiries, please email​ 1hkust.fund@ust.hk