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Mind HK PhD Scholarship

Mind HK, in collaboration with the University of Hong Kong, is pleased to invite applicants for a fully-funded PhD programme.  

Funding will cover a 3-year PhD studentship commencing in September 2021. A successful applicant is expected to have completed a research-based master’s degree. 

The applicant will be tasked with some, or all, of the following:

  • Development and implementation of the evaluation of Hong Kong-based anti-stigma programme (encompassing advertising campaign, speaker training, and speaker events);
  • Analysis of data of baseline study into attitudes towards mental health and stigma in Hong Kong;
  • Cross cultural comparisons of mental health/anti-stigma programmes, between Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and globally;
  • Adaptation of resources from the United Kingdom to the Hong Kong context, and evaluation of this;
  • Supporting the evaluation of Mind HK’s current adult mental health training programmes and resources.

The applicant should have strong quantitative and/or qualitative research skills, and a specific interest in mental health, with a background in mental health, public health, or social sciences research. Further training in quantitative and qualitative research will be provided. 

The applicant must be confident speaking and writing in English and Cantonese.  Mandarin is not required but is considered desirable.  

This PhD is a unique opportunity to work within different departments at the top-ranking University in Hong Kong (www.hku.hk) and Mind HK, a fast-growing local mental health charity (www.mind.org.hk). The successful applicant will be registered with the School of English (HKU) and supervised by academic staff across relevant Faculties at the University of Hong Kong. The School’s, and the University’s vibrant research culture and the rapidly expanding cohort of full-time research students from many countries provide a stimulating intellectual environment.  

There will be opportunities to work with other international NGOs, including Mind UK (www.mind.org.uk) during the PhD studies.  Opportunities for conference attendance are also available.  

If you have a first degree from a university where the language of teaching and examination is not English, you must have obtained a score of 550 or above in the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) and a score of 4 or above in the TWE (Test of Written English). We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) but you must have at least a score of 7 with no subtest lower than 5.5. You will be expected to have a good academic reference. 

Interested applicants are advised to contact Dr. Olga Zayts-Spence (zayts@hku.hk) and Dr. Paul Wong (paulw@hku.hk) with their CV and an expression of interest in the PhD position ASAP.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit a full research proposal along with other required documents through HKU Online Application System on or before 30 April 2021

Further inquiries about this position should be directed to Dr. Olga Zayts-Spence (zayts@hku.hk) and Dr. Paul Wong (paulw@hku.hk).  

Short-listed applicants will be contacted in early May 2021 and invited for an interview.  

General information about research postgraduate applications is available here: 

Graduate School,  
The University of Hong Kong:  


Faculty of Arts,  
The University of Hong Kong 


HKU Online Application System