International Nursing Scholarship for Pre-PhD
in Research Excellence (INSPPIRE)



How to apply

  If you want to be INSPPIREd, send us the following documents:
  1. Letter of how this Scholarship will help you and your future PhD plans, including:
    • Significance to your field and professional development
    • Significance to the interests and needs of your host country
  2. CV
  3. Two references from programme leads and/or supervisors with particular comments on research ability and potential
  4. Copy of certificate and transcript of studies
  5. Vision on studying in Hong Kong
  6. A maximum of 2 pages of a research idea for a potential PhD, divided into - Introduction, Methods, Analysis, Implications for practice sections
  Selection Criteria  
  Our School will take into account of the following factors:
  • Academic qualifications (completion of BSc and MSc degrees) and awards
    • GPA score in the Bachelor’s degree programme
      (preferably a first-class (honours) degree, or a GPA of 3.7 or above (out of 4.0) or equivalent)
    • GPA score in the Master’s degree programme
    • Awards in academic competitions and publications in journals
  • *English proficiency (An overall score of at least 6.5 (with score for the writing component at 6.0 or above) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or A TOEFL score of 550 or above for the paper-based test (with a score of 4 or above in the Test of Written English); or 80 or above for the internet-based test (with a writing score of 23 or above)).
  • Topic fits with strategic research priorities of the School of Nursing, PolyU
  • Research experience
  • Engagement with community issues and/or international exposure
    (e.g. experience and record in professional and/or extra curricular activities)
  • Healthcare background (nursing profession will be a priority)
Remarks: *All English language test scores are considered valid for five years after the date of the test. Applications that do not provide evidence of an English language test as stipulated above (with the exception of those have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognised university), will not be considered.
Application deadline: 15 March 2019 (Friday)
Announcement of result: April 2019
  Contact for further information  

For applications and enquiries: (Miss Bobo Ng) / (Mr Aero Li)

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