HKU COA JMK Dementia Care Scholarships

About the Scholarships

In 2013, the Sau Po Centre on Ageing received a HK$1,000,000 donation from Mr. Joe Ma and Dr. Karen Cheung to celebrate their JMK China wedding anniversary. The donation has been designated to support the academic initiatives in dementia care with an aim to raising public awareness and care to dementia patients, their families and caregivers. A sum of HK$100,000 has been allocated to establish a scholarship scheme initially for a period of three years starting from the academic year 2013-14 to support the research studies of RPG students. Each scholarship shall be of the value of HK$5,000 in support of the candidate’s research studies in the course of his/her RPG programme.



Who is eligible?

  • The candidates should demonstrate academic merits and significance of their research studies in improving and enhancing care to dementia patients, their families and caregivers.
  • The candidates should be pursing full-time or part-time MPhil or PhD programmes with specialization in dementia care research in (a) the Department of Social Work and Social Administration; (b) the Department of Psychology; or (c) the Department of Nursing, where students are of equal standing.
  • The candidates must pass their probation; have their dissertation research proposal approved by their supervisors; and be nominated by their supervisors.
  • Each student can only be nominated once in the course of his/her RPG programme.


How to apply?

Applicants should submit a completed nomination form with recommendation by their supervisor and endorsement by their department head, together with their dissertation research proposal, to the Sau Po Centre on Ageing.

The research proposal should consist of the following:

   (i)   Project title/ area of interest
   (ii)  Literature review/ key references on related work including alternative approaches to the problem
   (iii)  Research problems/ questions
   (iv)  Objectives of the study
   (v)   Expected outcomes
   (vi)  Research plan and methodology
   (vii) Key references.

The Sau Po Centre on Ageing shall inform the successful candidate(s) of the decision of the selection panel for the Scholarships.

Information available in HKU Scholarships’ website



The Scholarships are normally nominated at the first semester of an academic year and given out as a lump sum payment at the second semester of that particular academic year.

Academic year 2016-17

Task Time
Nomination September 2016 - January 2017
Evaluation by Selection Panel February – April 2017
Confirmation of Awardees May – June 2017



Academic year 2014-15

Awardee Project Title
Mr. NG Fai Hung Patrick (Ph.D. Student)
Department of Social Work and Social Administration
A Study on the relationship between wisdom and psychological well-being among dementia caregivers

Academic year 2013-14

Awardee Project Title
Ms. LAU Bobo Hi Po (Ph.D. Student)
Department of Psychology
The Role of Trait Gratitude in Coping with Dementia Caregiving
Ms. WANG Junfang (Ph.D. Student)
Department of Social Work and Social Administration
The role of filial discrepancy in stress and coping process among Chinese adult children dementia caregivers: Effects on life satisfaction