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PolyU Academy for Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR) Young Fellowship for Research Assistant Professors


With 85 years of rich heritage, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has evolved alongside our society and made pivotal contributions to the development of Hong Kong, the Nation and the world. The University pursues world-class excellence in education and research to nurture professional talents, leaders and entrepreneurs, and impactful scholars and innovators. PolyU strives to advance knowledge and address societal challenges, living up to the University’s motto of “To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind”.

Ranking among the top 100 universities globally by both the Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, PolyU offers a wide range of world-class educational and research programmes in six faculties and three independent schools. PolyU has furthermore achieved remarkable results in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 – it was placed among the top 50 universities in four disciplines, with three of them ranking 1st in Hong Kong. In the newly released metrics compiled by Stanford University, more than 200 PolyU scholars ranked among the world’s top 2% most-cited scientists, the 2nd highest number in Hong Kong.


To enhance the interdisciplinary research culture at PolyU and reinforce our position at the forefront of cutting-edge research, PolyU has established a Young Fellowship Scheme at the PolyU Academy for Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR) for Research Assistant Professors (RAPs). 

Outstanding young scholars with a PhD degree from top academic institutions worldwide within three years prior to the application date of the post are invited to join us to conduct interdisciplinary research in one or more of the Research Institutes or Research Centres under PAIR ( He/She will pivot away from his/her PhD research discipline to develop expertise in a distinctly different new discipline, by working closely with a leading scholar in the new discipline, to lay a strong foundation for future development as a pioneering interdisciplinary scholar.

Each appointee will be affiliated with an academic unit as the host academic unit and appointed RAP with a conferred title of “PAIR Young Fellow”.  He/She will be offered an attractive remuneration package as well as a start-up grant of HK$1.5 million over a period of three years to support research activities. Those Young Fellows who have demonstrated excellent performance during the three-year fellowship period will be considered for a Professorial-track Assistant Professor (or Associate Professor) position.

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Successful applicants will be offered with attractive remuneration package and fringe benefits for Research Assistant Professors. Please refer to for details. In addition, each appointee will be offered the following benefits/arrangements during the PAIR Young Fellowship period of up to three years:

(a)   An annual remuneration of not less than HK$850K, including a fellowship allowance and contract-end gratuity;  

(b)   A start-up grant of HK$1.5 million over a period of three years;  

(c)   Conferment of the title of “PAIR Young Fellow”;  

(d)   Priority to be considered as a Resident Fellow/Hall Tutor at the Residential Colleges/Student Halls of Residence with a rent-free accommodation arrangement; and  

(e)   Teaching of one three-credit subject in the host academic unit during the third year.


Applicants are invited to identify the mentor in their target new research discipline and at least one co-mentor in the discipline of the PhD degree where they graduated. He/She should approach and engage the mentor and co-mentor(s) in coming up with a maximum of 10-page research proposal articulating his/her aspirations of interdisciplinary research. The research proposal, together with names of the mentor and co-mentor(s) should be submitted with a detailed curriculum vitae through PolyU’s career website ( Applicants can contact PAIR at for enquiries.

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