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HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship (TDS) 2019/20 (Deadline: 21 January 2020)

20 NOV 2019 - 21 JAN 2020

In order to encourage students to develop their talents in other areas in addition to their academic study, the Talent Development Scholarship (TDS) was established by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government to give recognition to students who have demonstrated achievement or talent in non-academic areas and provide support for them to further develop their talent and potential.


For 2019/20, up to 100 Talent Development Scholarship awards at HK$10,000 each will be awarded to current full-time local and non-local undergraduate students studying in any discipline (UGC-funded programmes only). Awardees should have demonstrated talent or potential in at least one of the following category of talents: 

  • (i) Sports and games;
  • (ii) Music and performing arts;
  • (iii) Culture, arts and design; or
  • (iv) Innovation, science and technology

To be eligible for the TDS, applicants should have attained a cGPA of 2.50 or above (Applicants are not required to indicate their cGPA in the application form. SFA Unit will check it out after the closing date). For first-year applicants, they should have good entrance results. In addition, applicants should possess demonstrated achievements during the period from 1 January 2016 to present in any of the areas mentioned above and continuously striving for improvement and excellence, and should at least –

  • (a) receive an award in national or regional competitions / performances; or represent institution or relevant association in such competitions / performances and have good recommendation / assessment by the institution or relevant organization on the capability or talent; or
  • (b) receive an award (except commendable award in recognition of participation) in local/ inter-school/ inter-institution competitions.

Some activities alone only serve as evidence of active participation and striving for improvement and excellence in a certain non-academic talent. Students who only participate in these activities should NOT be awarded TDS. These activities include:

  • (a) Being a team member/committee member of a school team/ club/ society
  • (b) Intra-school/ intra-institution activities
  • (c) Work-related activities (e.g. internship/ helpers or workers of an event etc. )
  • (d) Examinations on musical instruments
  • (e) Language proficiency tests (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL etc.)

A student may be awarded the TDS more than once throughout his/her studies of the relevant programme, and each nomination will be considered based on individual merits. Therefore, students who were awarded the TDS before must be able to provide new evidence of award(s) and achievement(s) attained after receiving the previous TDS award. However, due to limited quota and keen competition, priority will be given to students who have never received TDS during their studies at HKBU. In addition, as stipulated by the Government, a majority of the TDS recipients should be local students.


The online application form can be accessed via the following link until 5:30pm of 21 January 2020:

Applicants are obliged to examine if their activities/achievements are already on the below lists of approved activities for TDS which have been approved by the HKSAR Education Bureau (EDB), and input the corresponding Reference Code in their online application form. If the activity/achievement is not on the lists, applicants need to provide the website and details of the activity/achievement for EDB's consideration. Note that having an approved activity/achievement does not guarantee the award of TDS as competition is required for the limited awards. Level/scale of activity, award/achievement obtained, and role/continuity of participation will be considered in the award allocation, while an appropriate balance will be maintained in allocating the awards among the four categories of talents.

After submitting the online application, applicants MUST print out the completed application form, and submit it together with copies of relevant supporting documents (e.g. public exam certificate for first-year entrants, transcript of sub-degree programme for senior-year entrants, certificates/awards for competitions) to the Office of Student Affairs, WLB 401 (Rm 401, Level 4, The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies), Shaw Campus, at or before 5:30pm, January 21, 2020 (Tuesday). Since the classes have been suspended, students are advised to submit the printed form and supporting documents after the semester break, i.e. during 13 - 21 January 2020.

In the event of unforeseeable circumstances, such as extreme weather, that resulted in the sudden closure of SFA Counter on the day of the deadline, SFA will extend the deadline of hard copy application form submission to 5:30pm of the following working day. However, the online application platform will close as scheduled, and no extension will be offered.

Online application without the submission of printed application form and copies of supporting documents will NOT be considered. Submission by email/fax, partial or late submission will NOT be accepted. 

All applications will be assessed by an internal selection panel. The selection results will be announced in May/June 2020 upon EDB's approval.

Faculty members are welcome to encourage eligible students to apply.


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

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