The Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to have received a generous donation from Dr. Sin Wai-Kin in support of the Institute’s initiatives. Our agenda is to explore China’s global engagements and a dynamic Asia with humanist priorities. Initially, the Sin Wai-Kin Junior Program will run for six years from the academic year of 2011 – 2012.


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

  1. Local and visiting scholars who participate in the Institute’s learning and teaching activities and research collaborations.
  2. Local PhD students and recent PhD graduates who intend to conduct a research or a publication project relevant to the Institute’s research agenda.
  3. Visiting PhD students who intend to participate in the Institute’s learning and teaching activities or conduct research visits to the University of Hong Kong or the Institute’s partner institutions.
Nomination and Fellows Award

The Selection Committee comprises the Director of the Institute, the Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Institute and a co-opted member. It 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.

Fellowship Period

The fellowship of a Sin Wai-Kin Junior Fellow will be made for 12 months or less. Extension will be subject to the approval of the Selection Committee.

Sin Wai-Kin Junior Fellows
Name Project (Award Year)
George Bayuga Infrastructures of Faith: Catholics Channels Across the South China Sea (2016)
Cheris S. C. Chan An Institutional Approach to Understand Doctor-Patient Conflicts in China (2017)
Max Hirsh Building “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)
Li Ji Rethinking indigenization and Christianity in China: Alfred Marie Caubrière (1876 – 1848) and his private writings in early twentieth-century Manchuria (2017)
Loretta Kim Evolution and Present Practices of Russian Orthodox Christianity in Hong Kong (2016)
Christine Luk Narrating Hong Kong-China Relationship through the Prism of Physiology: Robert Kho-Seng Lim, Te Pei Feng, and Beyond (2016)
Ghassan Moazzin A Preliminary Study of the Chinese Electrical and Electronics Industries, 1870 – 1937 (2020)
Till Mostowlansky Building 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. Palmer Redemptive Societies, Modern Religious, Universalism and Ethnicity in Southeast Asia: Initial Phase of Research (2012)
Priscilla Song Everyday Cultures of Mask Wearing in the COVID-19 Era (2020)
Nina Sylvanus Harboring the Future: The Togolese Techno-Port, Governance, and Global Economics in West Africa (2018)
Dorothy Tang From Low Carbon Cities to Sponge Cities: Mapping the Landscapes of Climate Change Governance in Shanghai (2017)
Daniel Trambaiolo Visual and Tactile Knowledge of the Human Body in Early Modern Japan (2016)
John Wong Charting a New Course in the Skies: Air Travel in Postwar Hong Kong in a Comparative Framework (2016)
Zhang Chaoxiong Technoscientific Controversies and the Agency of a Moral Area in China’s Battle Against the COVID-19 Epidemic (2020)