Call for Application

The applications for the 2018-9 intake are open. Up to six Post-Doctoral Fellowships will commence on August 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter, for a period of three years. Submission deadline is 23:00 on January 7, 2019 (Hong Kong Time).

Application Guidelines


The Society of Fellows invites applications from qualified candidates who have a PhD degree conferred after January 1, 2016. Candidates will have defended their dissertation by December 31, 2018, and not be currently employed in tenure-track positions. Applications from candidates who hold a PhD degree from the University of Hong Kong will not be considered.

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for application is 23:00 on Monday, January 7, 2019 (Hong Kong time).

Application Documents

  • Completed application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter not exceeding 300 words
  • A research proposal not exceeding 1,500 words (excluding bibliography). Proposals are vetted by specialists as well as non-specialists.
  • One writing sample: one dissertation chapter or one published article
  • Three letters of recommendation to be submitted in PDF format directly to the Society by referees via email to: Dossiers are accepted. Letters should be addressed the Director of Society of Fellows in the Humanities. Letterhead is preferred.

All applications documents, including the letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the deadline for your application to be considered. There is no application fee. Please do not send a transcript of graduate courses or grades. Only applications submitted via email to will be considered. Applications should be sent with all attachments in PDF format.

Notification to Applicants

Applicants whose required documents have been submitted by the deadline will receive an email confirming receipt of their application before the end of January, 2018.

Successful applicants will be notified by email by the end of March 2019. Please notify us should there be any update to your email address.

The University is committed to diversity and inclusivity. To promote gender diversity and the professional advancement of women, the Faculty of Arts expressly encourages qualified women to apply.

Data Privacy

The information provided will be used for appointment to the University as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Arts, and upon appointment, for other appropriate purposes within the University. It might also be disclosed to internal departments/agencies authorised to process the information for appointment, e.g. for departmental/faculty review, health assessments, announcement of new appointments. Under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, applicants have rights to request access to and/or correction of their personal data held by the University. Requests should be made to the Assistant Registrar (Appointments), Human Resource Section, Registry, The University of Hong Kong (e-mail:


Please address your inquiries to Ms. Winnie Ling at


Appointment Details


Each successful applicant will be given a three-year appointment as Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows. Up to 6 Fellowships will be offered. The Fellowship appointment is not tenure-track and is non-renewable. Successful applicants are expected to take up their appointment from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2022.

A globally competitive package including a monthly salary of HK$31,500, a monthly fixed housing allowance of HK$12,000, medical benefits, annual leave, and conference and research support will be offered to successful applicants. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. Fellows are expected to reside in Hong Kong for the duration of their appointment but may carry out research abroad in accordance with university guidelines.

Fellows will be expected to teach two courses during the term of their appointment, and are required to submit a brief, annual summary of their activities and accomplishments. The University of Hong Kong is an English-medium university. A host department within the Faculty will be selected on the basis of a Fellow’s proposed area of research. It is not necessary to contact Departments/Schools or Faculty members for a potential supervisor.

Fellows will be expected to cite their affiliation with the Society of Fellows in any publications that result from research work undertaken during the term of their appointment and to provide the Faculty with copies of these publications.

The Society aims to establish a vibrant research community in which Fellows interact among themselves and with other members of the Faculty. They will be invited to initiate and participate in seminars, talks and other university activities. A dedicated Society of Fellows communal space has been created to facilitate engagement and collaboration.

The Faculty of Arts

HKU’s Faculty of Arts is internationally regarded for its cutting edge research across the range of its subject areas. Its reputation is built on innovation and collaboration, bringing together researchers spanning several disciplines to pioneer new research trends in the Arts and Humanities. There is a strong vision for developing successful interdisciplinary research, and a commitment to ensuring that our research effectively informs our own teaching as well as a wider process of knowledge exchange.

African Studies

Colonial and post-colonial African history; contemporary African politics, history of medicine/disease in Africa; African literature; Africa-China relations.

American Studies

History of literary theory, criticism, and cultural studies; postcolonial theory; urban studies; intersections of race and national identity.

China Studies

Interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of Chinese history, literature, culture, and society; Chinese ethnic minority languages and literatures.

Chinese Language, Literature, History, and Culture

Traditional and modern Chinese literature and history (particularly the late imperial period); gender and sexuality in Chinese culture; Chinese women’s studies; sinophone literature; ancient and modern Chinese philology; Chinese-English translation and its theories; ancient Chinese philosophy; Chinese language pedagogy.

Comparative Literature

Chinese language cinemas; cinemas of Asia and the diaspora; poetics and politics of documentaries; feminist and gender studies; postcolonial and global studies; Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China cultural, film, and literary studies; urban Chinese cultures; historiography of Maoist and post-Mao eras; Chinese revolutionary culture.

English Studies

World literature; cross-cultural writing; travel writing; World Englishes; sociolinguistics; psycholinguistics; integrational linguistics; English historical linguistics; law, language and literature; intercultural communication; Hong Kong and other Asian literatures in English; novel studies; modern and post-colonial literary studies; creative writing; drama.

European Studies

European history and politics; European colonialism; European integration; Europe’s relations with Russia, Asia and China; the politics of memory.


Fine Arts

Chinese art; European art and architecture from the Middle Ages to the present day; American art; South Asian art; cross-cultural studies in art and architecture; Hong Kong art; art and colonial/postcolonial culture; museums and collecting.

Global Creative Industries

Interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of the creative industries and cultural policies in Asia and the West; anthropology of business; globalization of Japanese popular culture; Western social thought.


Hong Kong; modern China; Japan; Indo-China; Southeast Asia; early modern and modern Europe; childhood and youth; sports; gender and sexuality; colonialism and imperialism; religion; medicine; science and technology; natural disasters and reconstruction.

Hong Kong Studies

Hong Kong popular culture, media, film and literature; postcolonialism and globalization; transnational business history.

Japanese Studies

Modern Japanese history; urban space; visual culture; globalization of Japanese products and services; modern and early modern Japanese literature.

Korean Studies

Modern Korean literature and culture; imperialism and colonialism in East Asia; gender and sexuality; colonialism and race; Korean history.


Phonetics; phonology; morphology; syntax; semantics; sociolinguistics; bilingualism; language and literacy; comparative grammar; psycholinguistics; neurolinguistics; linguistic analysis of Chinese, Cantonese, minority languages of China, African, European and South East Asian languages; pidgin and creole studies.


Musicology; composition; historical, theoretical and anthropological approaches to music research; classical, traditional, and popular idioms of East Asia; history and philosophy of Western classical repertories; music in film and other media; opera and musical theatre; manuscript and source studies; ethnography; psychology of music; sociology of music.


Philosophy of mind; Chinese and comparative perspectives on mind and language; epistemology and metaphysics; philosophy of logic and critical thinking; moral and political philosophy; environmental ethics; Chinese ethics; ancient and modern Western ethics; history of philosophy; Chinese philosophy; comparative study of Chinese and Western philosophy.

Humanities and Medicine

The Centre for the Humanities and Medicine is a joint initiative of the Faculty of Arts and the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. It brings together expertise from disciplines across the humanities, science and medicine and is the first cross-faculty institution of its kind in Asia and one of the few in the world.

Further Information

Further information on the research areas offered within the Faculty is available from the following link: which connects to the University’s Scholars Hub and detailed information on individual researchers.

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