HK Prize is one of the most competitive science awards in Asia, drawing thousands of applications annually. The non-governmental merit-based competition honors scientific research with a global impact, and winners receive a monetary prize and access to Hong Kong’s premier research facilities. As such, it’s important for applicants to do their research before applying, as missteps could jeopardize their chances of winning.
This year’s HK Prize nominations include activists who are fighting for democracy and freedom. Some of these people have been arrested and face lengthy prison sentences, but they continue to work tirelessly for their cause. Others are devoted to social justice and community service, such as the founder of a nonprofit that provides shelter for homeless adults and a professor who developed liquid biopsy, allowing doctors to detect cancer faster.
In addition to awarding prestigious prizes, the Hong Kong government also sponsors research grants and scholarships. In this way, it aims to promote innovation and creativity in the business sector. The prize winners will receive further instructions at their email addresses.
The Hong Kong Prize is awarded to academics whose book has made a significant contribution to the understanding of global Hong Kong Studies, with a particular emphasis on the significance of Chinese and Asian perspectives. The book must be published within the past two years, and can be in any language. It is open to authors of all nationalities, and there are no restrictions on the subject matter or method of analysis.
This new prize is part of the ICAS book series, and it’s sponsored by the Society for Hong Kong Studies. The winner will be announced at a public event at the Asia Society in Hong Kong on 12 March 2018. Nigel Collett’s A Death in Hong Kong: The MacLennan Case of 1980 and the Suppression of a Scandal won the 2017 Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong History Book Prize. The announcement and book talk will begin at 6:30 pm. The event is free to attend.