Scholarships, Student Exchange Programme & Internships


Scholarships are offered by the Department of Biology and the Faculty of Science which include the following:

1. Biology Undergraduate Scholarship;
2. Pisces Biology Scholarship;
3. Former Civil Engineering Department Head Dr. Yan Sze Kwan Memorial Scholarship;
4. Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award Scheme;
5. Lee Koon Shin Scholarship;
6. Prof. Jerry W. Barrett Scholarship; and
7. The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong and Donors Scholarship.

Undergraduate Scholarships Summary 2018 – 2019

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Student Exchange Programme

Students can join the Student Exchange Programme and study outside of Hong Kong for one semester or one academic year, with numerous exchange partners located throughout the world.

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Eckerd College Summer Research Exchange Programme

For the 3rd time since 2015, the Department of Biology is offering students the opportunity to participate in the Eckerd College Summer Research Exchange Programme.

Location: Eckerd College, St Petersburg, Florida, USA

Duration: 17 June – 2 August 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Quota: 6 students

Eligibility: Priority is given to BIOL students who have completed 2nd or 3rd year and are not graduating in 2019.

Expenses:Students will pay for own airfare and meals. Accommodations on-campus will be provided free-of-charge. Depending on the type of passport you have, students may need to apply for a US VISA.

Financial assistance: Students may apply for the Reaching Out Award (offered by the Office of Student Affairs). The award is HK$10,000 and the deadline for application for this award is 26 April 2019 (click here for further details ). Students may also apply for Financial Support for Students’ Overseas Experience from BIOL Department.


Internship Programmes 2016 – 2017

1. Internship Scheme – Sustainable Revitalisation for Rural Communities in Hong Kong 2016 – 2017

The Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) in collaboration with Hong Kong Countryside Foundation, Produce Green Foundation, the Conservancy Association and Lai Chi Wo village have put together a multi-year rural revitalisation programme (The Programme) in a traditional local Hakka village, Lai Chi Wo. The Programme attempts to achieve community revitalization and environmental enhancement through farming, training, education and lifestyle change. The Programme is supported by the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of HKSAR Government. Scholars from School of Biological Sciences, Department of Geography and Department of Civil Engineering of HKU also contributed to the Programme.

There have been active agricultural, habitat management and community development activities covering about 6 hectares of land area in Lai Chi Wo. These activities provides a wide range of training and education opportunities in Lai Chi Wo and the nearby areas to young leaders, volunteers, school teachers and students, corporate members, NGOs as well as the wider Hong Kong community.

2. WWF – Hong Kong Nature Conservation Leadership Training Programme 2016 -2017

WWF were recruiting for their Hong Kong Nature Conservation Leadership Training Programme. By participating in a series of field trips, training workshops and voluntary work, participants will be equipped with knowledge on a wide range of environmental issues and be empowered to carry out their own conservation group projects, which could impact upon their own communities. The whole programme will be conducted in Cantonese.

3. Ocean Park Conservation Foundation – University Student Sponsorship Programme in Wildlife Conservation 2016-17

4. Greengoer 2016 – 2017

“Greengoer 2016/17” is an environmental leadership training scheme for tertiary and university students which is organized by ecobus and initiated by Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC). They are inviting candidates to enroll on a 10-month environmental leadership training including workshops, policy forum with Mr Wong Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment, training camp, field trips and mentorship programs involving 12 local green NGOs’ experts, with the aim to foster global citizenship and train future leaders with visions in environmental conservation and sustainable development.

Interested parties, please refer to the sent email including attachments and apply directly to them.

To get an idea of previous internship placements, check out the videos and posters below.

Internship Programmes 2015 – 2016

1. Invitrogen (Thermo Fisher Scientific) Summer Marketing Internship Programme 2016

Invitrogen (Thermo Fisher Scientific) recruited for a marketing intern, who was expected to assist the marketing and sales teams on various stages of online and offline marketing campaigns. The placement was scheduled to begin on 1st June 2016 and end on 31st August 2016. The successful candidate was expected to work 3 days per week.

2. WWF (HK) Summer Internships 2016

The WWF (Hong Kong) offered a number of internship placements during summer 2016.

WWF (HK) Summer Internships 2016 Placements List

3. HKWP Summer Internship Programme 2016

The Hong Kong Wetland Park (HKWP) Summer Internship Programme aimed at offering opportunities for students of tertiary institutions to gain working experience through taking part in daily operations and front-line nature conservation work in HKWP. Interns would receive a series of training, covering basic knowledge on wetlands, park management, interpretation skills as well as wildlife identification. There was only 18 places available for candidates from local and overseas institutions

HKWP Summer Internships 2016
HKWP Summer Internship 2016 Student Application Form

4. Coastal Watch 2015 – 2016

Coastal Watch is a citizen science project organized by WWF-Hong Kong and partner organizations, aiming to engage public teams to conduct ecological surveys and marine litter surveys of Hong Kong’s coastal habitats. The information obtained in this territory-wide project is important in conserving our valuable ecosystems and marine wildlife.

Internship Programmes 2014 – 2015

1. HKWP Summer Internship Programme 2015

The Hong Kong Wetland Park (HKWP) Summer Internship Programme aimed at offering opportunities for students of tertiary institutions to gain working experience through taking part in daily operations and front-line nature conservation work in HKWP. Interns would receive a series of training, covering basic knowledge on wetlands, park management, interpretation skills as well as wildlife identification.

HKWP Summer Internship 2015 Programme Outline
HKWP Summer Internship 2015 Briefing Session Reply Slip
HKWP Summer Internship 2015 Student Application Form

2. WWF (HK) Dolphin Watching Interpreter Training Programme and Summer Internships 2015

The dolphin watching interpreter training programme and a number of internship placements were offered by WWF (Hong Kong) during summer 2015.

WWF Summer Internship 2015 Opportunities

Internship Programme 2013 – 2014

Internship Programme 2012 – 2013

The departmental internship programme (2012 – 2013) drew to a close with the grand finale exhibition held at the Gallery Hallway, Shaw Campus from Monday, 28th October 2013 to Wednesday 30th October 2013. Check out the video (Part 2. Exhibition) below to see how it went.

The internship programme (2012-2013) consisted of three sections. The first involved attending the training course funded by The Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning (CHTL), that started in mid-April, which involved a range of training including, but not limited to workshops, seminars, ecotours and excursions. Selected participants gained quality hands-on experience in the field of biological science and technology.

Participants who successfully completed 95% of the training were then given the opportunity to join the second section of the programme involving a practical internship, from May to September, offered by one of our partnership organisations such as The Conservancy Association, WWF (HK) and AFCD (Wetland Park). This enabled participants to gain an invaluable insight into the working world of environmental science or biotechnology, whilst expanding their entrepreneurial thinking and skills beyond their lectures and lab practicals.

Participants were also given the opportunity, as part of the third section of the programme, to share their experience gained throughout the months to their peers as an intern, via exhibitions, video clips, e-books etc. as a grand finale!

The programme did not only provide participants with opportunities to develop their practical skills, multi-disciplinary knowledge and critical thinking, but also broadened their knowledge and made them think outside of the box (and the classroom).

Internship Programme 2013 Training Workshop Schedule

Video for Training Workshops 2013

Internship Programme 2013 – Part 1. Training Workshops

Video for Grand Finale Exhibition 2013

Internship Programme 2013 – Part 2. Exhibition



Okinawa is the southernmost island group in Japan, which is famous for its high level of wildlife endemism. During this overseas field trip, students will be exposed to different groups of wildlife and habitats. They will have the chance to see a great variety of animals such as birds, frogs and snakes. They will also visit the famous Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium to learn about marine biodiversity. The experience will be beneficial to their future participation in environmental research, education, nature conservation and ecotourism in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

Excursion Dates: Monday, 29th May to Saturday, 3rd June 2017

Field-based training, including biodiversity survey techniques, may be provided to students before the trip. After the trip, all participants will be required to assist with post-trip activities, including public seminars and analysis of the data collected during the trip.


From 19 to 28 July 2016, 10 HKBU Biology students went on an adventure of a lifetime to experience firsthand the global biodiversity hotspot of Sri Lanka. Although small in size as a country, Sri Lanka boasts exceptionally high biodiversity in numerous habitats ranging from forests to savannas to coastal areas. It is hoped that their participation in the programme has helped them grow and given them food for thought for their future endeavours.


In July 2015, 14 students from the Department of Biology travelled to Sabah, which is famous for its extremely high biodiversity. The students ventured into lowland primary forests, montane primary forests and mangroves that proved to be an exhilarating experience for them, where they observed first-hand how wildlife survives in these pristine habitats. Many species that were observed are significantly threatened by habitat destruction, overexploitation or global climate change. It is hoped that the experience from this trip will motivate participants to develop a greater holistic understanding of sustainable development and proactive attitude to biodiversity conservation.

Sabah Excursion Photo Album: Part One
Sabah Excursion Photo Album: Part Two


In July 2014, a group of BIOL 1130 Biodiversity and GDSC 1006 You and Your Environment students, supported by HKBU and the Department of Biology went on an amazing field excursion to Madagascar, in which a book called “A Journey of Discovery to Madagascar” has now been published with Sun Effort Ltd. All profits will go to HKBU Biology Department to support students going on future overseas experiential learning trips.

You can also check out the poster, itinerary and YouTube videos to find out more!

Madagascar Field Trip 2014 Videos

Madagascar Field Trip 2014

Animals in Madagascar


Students cruised around the northeastern waters of Hong Kong to explore the marine ecology and mariculture, visited the Fishery Marketing Organisation to broaden their horizons of local fisheries resources and discovered the vast species of fauna and flora at the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden.

Global Environmental Leadership Programme 2016 – 2017

The Global Environmental Leadership (G.E.L.) Programme aims to nurture students from different disciplines as global environmental leaders using a multidisciplinary approach and a variety of teaching and learning activities. The programme is supported by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) and The Conservancy Association.

The programme consists of two parts – Part A will take place in Hong Kong from 28 December 2016 to 7 January 2017, while Part B1 will be held in Texas, US, from 31 May to 8 June 2017, and Part B2 in Vancouver, Canada, from 8 to 22 June 2017. Selected students from HKBU, HKU, CUHK, and CITYU will be able to participate in field trips, interactive tutorials and lectures, conduct group projects, and interact with US and Canadian students.

If you are interested in applying, please refer to the posters for details and submit your application to by 12:00 noon on Thursday, 8th September 2016. Enquiries should also be sent to the same e-mail address.

G.E.L. Programme 2016 – 2017 Student Application Form