Universities in Hong Kong and Singapore are launching new schemes for students who had been accepted by universities overseas but are facing uncertainty due to coronavirus lockdowns, visa delays and travel bans.
Singapore is also offering extra places at its universities for stranded students to transfer to if they are unable to resume their studies overseas.
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) announced its ‘HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship’ for academically high-performing candidates “holding a PhD admission offer for 2020-21 from a top university in any continent”.
“Due to visa issues arising from COVID-19 or the epidemic itself, some prospective PhD students holding an admission offer from a top university may not be able to commence their studies as planned,” the university said in its announcement, noting that the competitive scholarship package “is a good alternative”.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) announced its new scheme last month offering special scholarships to doctoral students.
The scheme offers HK$216,300 (US$28,000) a year and an award of HK$80,000 to candidates with “outstanding academic performance”.