President's 1-HKUST Student Life Award

President's 1-HKUST Student Life Award (SLA) aims to enhance our campus community engagement and strengthen the integration between student groups and individuals (students, staff and faculty). By providing financial and institutional support to student-initiated projects, SLA facilitates the development of cultural diversity experiences and student engagement activities and fosters a greater sense of belonging amongst the HKUST student community.

Starting from the Fall Term of 2016/17, selected SLA applicants will be granted with the "HKUST Core Values Special Merit" - a top-up subsidy at HK$5,000 each for awarded projects that can best incorporate the HKUST Core Values into the project implementation and contribute to the promotion of Core Values in the HKUST community.



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The 5 HKUST's core values - do you know them all?

I. “Excellence, Integrity, and Academic Freedom”;
II. “Global Vision and Local Commitment”;
III. “Can-do Spirit”;
IV. “Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Respect”; and
V. “1-HKUST”.

Know more about the HKUST's 5 core values at:



Any student or student group interested in organizing events or activities that are designed to achieve one of the following objectives can apply:

Enhance the quality of student life through creative community-building initiatives
Build connections and relationships among students of diverse background
Encourage interdisciplinary and shared experiences



Complete the Online Application Form with budget information and all required materials on or before the below deadline:

Deadline for Spring 2017/18 Application: 2018 Feb 11

Result Announcement: around 1-1.5month after application deadline (via email to project leader)


Selection Criteria

A potential proposal should demonstrate good qualities in four main focus –

Community need: whether the proposal identifies and addresses a 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

Application proposal should also meet the following criteria –

Demonstrate full potential in promoting the concept of “1-HKUST” spirit and HKUST Core Values, as well as to provide significant impact on the integration between local and non-local HKUST community
Open and advertise the project events to ALL HKUST students
Proposals might be for one-time events, a series of events, or a program of up to 2 years duration
Priority will be given to proposals of broader scope.
Repeated events or activities are generally given lower priority.
Retroactive events are normally not supported

Read More: Past funded projects archive

Selection Process

The President appoints a selection panel comprises senior university administrators, faculty members and student representatives to assess the applications and select the Award recipients. Subject to the quality of the proposals received, there can be multiple awards for each round. The selection panel may request further details about a proposal and recommend minor changes. Award recipients will be offered a funding amount that is close to the budget requested, except student helper expenses which will not be covered.

The application results are tentatively scheduled to be announced one month after application close. Successful applicants will be informed of the award result via email.


Award recipients are required to provide a completion report together with the financial report (sample), appropriate original receipts, event videos ("HKUST Core Values Special Merit" awardees only), and related documentation for the assessment and observation of project impact and students’ learning outcomes. Occasionally a progress report may be required for projects that span over two semesters.

Awarded subsidy will be provided to the awardee(s) on a reimbursement basis upon completion of the project(s), submission of completion report with original receipts and supporting proof acceptable by the Award Panels.


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