The Sin Wai-Kin Fellowship Scheme was launched by the Institute in 2011 after it received a generous gift from Dr. Sin Wai-Kin. It aims at supporting young scholars for their research. 


The Scheme aims to provide funding and academic support for the following categories of candidates:

  1. HKU PhD students and young scholars (Assistant Professors, Post-doctoral Fellows and below).
  2. Non-HKU young scholars.

These candidates’ research should be related to that of the research clusters of the Institute.

Nomination and Fellows Award

The Selection Committee solicits and receives nominations, reviews supporting materials, and awards fellowship to fellows. Decisions will be based on consultation with relevant colleagues worldwide and on the availability of funds.

Sin Wai-Kin Fellows
NameProject (Award Year)
George BayugaInfrastructures of Faith: Catholics Channels Across the South China Sea (2016)
Cheris S. C. ChanAn Institutional Approach to Understand Doctor-Patient Conflicts in China (2017)
Yijun GaiWhat is the role of “energy” in an ecological civilization? (2021)
Max HirshBuilding “Eurasian” Infrastructure: Chinese Capital and Transport Technology in Scandinavia (2018)
Anna Iskra
  • Healing the Nation through Self-discovery: Body-Heart-Soul Fever in China (2017)
  • Life Coaches, Motivational Speakers, Deified Teachers: “Success Studies” in China (2016)
Loretta KimEvolution and Present Practices of Russian Orthodox Christianity in Hong Kong (2016)
Li JiRethinking indigenization and Christianity in China: Alfred Marie Caubrière (1876 – 1848) and his private writings in early twentieth-century Manchuria (2017)
Al LimSeeing Green in Golden Triangles: Cryptocurrency through Laos (2021)
Christine LukNarrating Hong Kong-China Relationship through the Prism of Physiology: Robert Kho-Seng Lim, Te Pei Feng, and Beyond (2016)
Ghassan MoazzinA Preliminary Study of the Chinese Electrical and Electronics Industries, 1870 – 1937 (2020)
Till MostowlanskyBuilding Difference: Early Attempts at Materially Connecting and Dividing Colonial Badakhshan (2017)
Izumi Nakayama
  • Book project on Menstruation in Japan and Body Culture (2018)
  • Proper Bodies: Etiquettes of Health, Gender, and Body Culture in modern Japan, 1868 – 2010 (2013)
  • Attractive Civilizations: Japan and the Formation of Modern East Asian Body Cultures: 1868 – 2010 (2011)
David A. PalmerRedemptive Societies, Modern Religious, Universalism and Ethnicity in Southeast Asia: Initial Phase of Research (2012)
Priscilla SongEveryday Cultures of Mask Wearing in the COVID-19 Era (2020)
Nina SylvanusHarboring the Future: The Togolese Techno-Port, Governance, and Global Economics in West Africa (2018)
Dorothy TangFrom Low Carbon Cities to Sponge Cities: Mapping the Landscapes of Climate Change Governance in Shanghai (2017)
Daniel TrambaioloVisual and Tactile Knowledge of the Human Body in Early Modern Japan (2016)
John WongCharting a New Course in the Skies: Air Travel in Postwar Hong Kong in a Comparative Framework (2016)
Zhang ChaoxiongTechnoscientific Controversies and the Agency of a Moral Area in China’s Battle Against the COVID-19 Epidemic (2020)