Welcome Croucher class of 2017

16 August 2017

21 outstanding scientists have been awarded the 2017 Croucher Scholarship and Fellowship. Recipients gathered together with Croucher alumni from years past to celebrate. This year’s awards total almost HK$26 million, with awards going to postdoctoral scientists and doctoral researchers both in Hong Kong and abroad.

After a competitive review process conducted by a team of local and overseas scientists from a wide range of disciplines, 21 recipients were chosen. The Croucher scholarships are full scholarships, which means they cover tuition fees, maintenance allowance, medical insurance allowance, airfare, and allowances for attending international conferences.

The awards, however, are restricted to doctoral and postdoctoral levels of studies in the natural sciences, technology, and medicine. The maximum for a doctoral scholarship may be as high as HK$1.87 million each, while that of a postdoctoral fellowship for two years may be up to HK$1 million each.

This year’s class features scientists heading out all over the world, with doctoral and post-doctoral studies at universities and institutes in the U.S., Australia, Netherlands, France, Hong Kong the U.K. Also present at the send-off luncheon were previous Croucher scholars and Chairman, Professor Tak Wah Mak, who all shared a few words of advice for our outgoing awards recipients.

Croucher Foundation Fellowships and Scholarships 2017/2018



LAU Chung Ching | Mathematics | University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

LEE Chi Ho | Diabetes and Endocrinology | Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia

LEUNG King Chi | Chemistry, Material Science | University of Groningen, Netherlands

LU Xu | Environmental Engineering | Yale University, USA

TANG Walfred | Epigenetics and Human Development | University of Cambridge, UK

TSANG Cheng Hou, Alan | Biophysics | Stanford University, USA

WONG Sung Ching, Sam | Cosmology, High Energy Particle Theory | Columbia University, USA

YUE Wing Sze, Wendy | Neuroscience | University of California, San Francisco, USA



FENG Ziqiang | Computer science | Carnegie Mellon University, USA

KWAN Chung Hang | Number theory | Columbia University, USA

LUK Chak Hon, Jakson | Microbiology, Infeciology | Institute Pasteur, Unité Dynamique des Interactions Hôte-Pathogène, France

TSANG Ling Hei | Combinatorics | Ohio State University, USA

TSUI Alex | Computational Structural Biology | University of Oxford, UK & The Scripps Research Institute, USA

WONG Mo Dick | Mathematics, Probability Theory | University of Cambridge, UK

ZHANG Zhiqian | Cell Biology | Harvard University, USA

ZHAO Tianjiao, Eric | Machine learning in Chemistry | Stanford University, USA


Croucher Cambridge International Scholarship 2017/2018

CHAN Chun Lam, Clement | Materials Chemistry  | University of Cambridge, UK

LEUNG Kwong Ching, Philip | Astrophysics | University of Cambridge, UK


University of Oxford Croucher Scholarship 2017/2018

MAK Pui Yiu, Carol |Theoretical Computer Science | University of Oxford, UK

TSE Yuen Cheong | Inorganic Chemistry | University of Oxford, UK


Research Studentship 2017/2018

CHENG Yik Ling, Bowie | Acute myeloid leukaemia | University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Good luck to all our Croucher Fellows and Scholars of 2017!