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HKSAR Endeavour Merit Award (EMA) 2023-24 (Deadline: 28 January 2024)

14 NOV 2023 - 28 JAN 2024

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has established the Endeavour Merit Award (EMA) to give recognition to deserving post-secondary students with special educational needs (SSEN) in the pursuit of excellence in academic and other areas.

For the 2023-24 academic year, up to 10 EMA of HK$15,000 each will be available for eligible HKBU students.


1. Full-time HKBU students studying publicly-funded degree or above level programmes  (but exclude exchange students not studying a full degree or above programme in Hong Kong), registered with special educational needs (SEN) as below:

  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder
  • Physical disability
  • Visual impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Speech and language impairment
  • Others

Note: Students enrolled in Dual/Joint Bachelor’s Degree Programmes are NOT eligible for receiving any government scholarships including EMA during the period of their offshore studies in the overseas partner institutions.

2. A SSEN may only be awarded either the HKSAR Government Scholarship or the EMA in each academic year, but he/she may be awarded other scholarships/awards under the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund, such as TDS and ROA in the same academic year.

3. A SSEN may be awarded the EMA more than once throughout his/her studies, and each application shall be considered based on individual merit and against other applications received in that year.


1. Applications will be assessed on the basis of the followings:

  • Good academic standing: cGPA must be 2.50 or above after the first semester of 2023-24;
  • Outstanding record of local/global extra-curricular activities;
  • Active participation in community and voluntary services.

2. Preference will be given to local students and eligible applicants who have never received EMA before.


Step I - Complete the online application form 

  1. Each student should submit the application form once only. Once the form is submitted, no modifications can be made.
  2. The form is a joint application form with the HKBU Alumni Gratitude Scholarship (AGS). Please view the application eligibility of AGS at Eligible applicants will be considered for both EMA and AGS through one application.
  3. Upon form submission, an auto-email will be sent to the applicants. If no auto-email is received within 10 minutes, the form submission is unsuccessful and applicants should inform SFA immediately.

Step II - Submit the required supporting documents before the deadline 28 January 2024 (Sunday)

After completing the online form, applicants should follow the instructions below (also written in the auto-email) to submit the required supporting documents (including documentary proofs for awards/scholarships obtained, documentary proofs for participation in extra-curricular activities/community services, most recent medical report, etc.):

  1. Scan your documentary proofs as ONE (1) PDF file, and arrange them in proper order. Make sure they are clear and legible. Any parts that are missing, unclear, and incomprehensible will NOT be considered. Try to keep the PDF file size under 15MB. You may not need to scan the documents in the highest/best quality if standard quality suffices.
  2. Name your PDF file in the format of "AGS_EMA_student ID" (e.g. AGS_EMA_20221111). We may not be able to identify your submission if you do not name your file as instructed.
  3. Login to our “Documents Upload Platform” at with your SSOid. Choose and click HKBU Alumni Gratitude Scholarship and HKSAR Government Endeavour Merit Awardin the menu to upload the documents. We will NOT be able to receive your documents if you choose another scheme, so please click the scheme name carefully. The “Documents Upload Platform” will close automatically at 11:59pm of 28 January 2024 (Sunday). You will receive an auto-email from the system upon successful upload of your PDF file.
  • To avoid last-minute rush/unexpected technical errors/difficulties that may require extra time to solve, you are advised to prepare and upload your PDF file as early as possible before the deadline. Note that the submission time is subject to our system’s clock on the website, which may or may not be the same as your watch, and the Office of Student Affairs has the discretion to make final judgments on whether the application is considered late.
  • Online application without the submission of supporting documents will NOT be considered.
  • Submission by email/fax/hardcopy or after the application deadline will NOT be accepted.

All applications will be assessed by an internal selection panel. The selection results will be announced in March/April 2024 upon EDB's approval.

  • Please click here for general tips on completing scholarship application forms.
  • Faculty members are welcome to encourage eligible students to apply.


For enquiries, please feel free to contact us at 3411 2307 / 3411 2311 or by email to