The HK Prize – Celebrating the Frontiers of Humanities Research in Hong Kong

The H K Prize Scholarship program is an international scholarship competition that recognizes secondary school students for their academic accomplishments and extracurricular activities, while encouraging them to follow their passions and broaden their global outlook. Winners receive a monetary prize and can visit Hong Kong’s premier research facilities – encouraging young people to explore science for themselves and build brighter futures for themselves.

Established in 2012, this prize is open to secondary school students enrolled in Hong Kong schools. Teachers may nominate up to 10 students per classroom for participation; shortlisted finalists are then selected by a panel of judges; with both artists and schools receiving prizes of HK$8,000/HK$20 respectively for winning entries. This year’s theme – Our Changing World – invites artists to explore all aspects of global evolution such as society, culture, technology, ecology etc and how these changes impact us individually.

As part of its efforts to boost public engagement, the Academy recently unveiled an online voting platform that allows the public to select eligible films for consideration at the Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA). Voting will run from January through March and is open to both film workers from within Hong Kong and abroad as well as selected members of the general public; winners will be announced during a ceremony scheduled for November.

Since 2021, the Hong Kong Prize has been revived to fulfil its mission of furthering humanities research in Hong Kong.

Researchers who wish to be considered for this award must submit an article in one of four categories: clinical studies (including prospective and retrospective clinical trials), observational or epidemiological studies, basic science studies or meta-analyses – with originality published prior to 1 January 2021 in a peer reviewed journal.

The Hong Kong Prize is supported by Hong Kong Film Workers Association Ltd and approved by the Academy’s Council, drawing top scientists from around the globe who wish to make Hong Kong their home for research and innovation, in turn benefiting both Hong Kong’s economy and global community. Furthermore, its prestige attracts leading scientists who can then foster local talent pools in science and technology development. Furthermore, The Academy continues exploring ways of expanding this prize; currently discussing adding awards related to other areas such as astronomy or life sciences/medicine with nomination processes expected to begin late 2020/ early 2021.