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HSBC Greater Bay Area (Hong Kong) Scholarship 2021/22 (Deadline: 18 February 2022)

19 OCT 2021 - 18 FEB 2022

HSBC has a long history of supporting charitable programmes that help people in the community develop the skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow. To help Hong Kong’s next generation prepare for a future that is increasingly intertwined with the Greater Bay Area (GBA), the HSBC Greater Bay Area (Hong Kong) Scholarship is established to encourage Hong Kong students to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge that will help them become competitive, confident, and employable as they pursue a successful and rewarding career in GBA.

Up to 100 students from across the 12 universities / institutions in Hong Kong are to be identified in the 2020/21, 2021/22, 2022/23 academic years to receive a one-time scholarship award of HKD80,000 which is intended for uses that help realise the awardees’ career plan in GBA. 35 students in Hong Kong were awarded this scholarship in 2020/21. Awardees will also be offered:

  • Membership in an extensive network of like-minded young professionals, providing continuous support and networking opportunities
  • Mentorship, internship and other real-life learning opportunities offered by the GBA-active businesses
  • Dedicated learning opportunities and resources that aim to develop their preparedness for a GBA-specific career plan


2021/22 application is now open to local full-time undergraduate students who are enrolled in a UGC-funded degree programme in any discipline, and who: 

(1) are Hong Kong permanent residents with right of abode in Hong Kong (full disclosure regarding citizenship is required);

(2) have attained a cumulative GPA score of 3.00 or above in the first semester of the academic year 2021/2022;

(3) are committed to purse employment, entrepreneurship or advanced academic opportunities in GBA


Students will be shortlisted and selected based on the following criteria:

  1. A realistic and an ambitious plan for a long-term career in GBA
  2. An in-depth understanding of skills and knowledge required to achieve the career plan
  3. Candidates with a focus on strategic sectors (e.g. digital, innovation and technology, logistics, green energy) will be given an advantage.
  4. Future leaders who demonstrate all-roundedness
  5. Commitment to be an active member of a community of HSBC Scholars

GBA Workshops

As parts of the programme of HSBC Greater Bay Area (Hong Kong) Scholarship 2021/22, a series of workshops will be held by HSBC to provide ideas for understanding GBA and help students to apply for the scholarship. Please click here for the details and registration.


Please click here to download the application form. The form is fillable. Please type in the form. Also, please read the Guidelines here before you begin filling out the form.

Please note that the Office of Student Affairs will certify your eligibility in the very last section of the application form. Please leave that section blank (i.e., Do NOT ask your faculty/department staff to fill in that part).

  1. Save your completed application form and add PDF attachments of your transcript (student copy), thoughts on GBA opportunities, 2 personal essays and recommendation letter as instructed on the application form. Scan all required supporting documents (i.e., certificate/proof of extra-curricular activities/community services/achievements, etc.). Combine your application form and scanned supporting documents as ONE (1) PDF file.
  2. Name your PDF file in the format of "HSBC GBA_student ID_full name" (e.g. HSBC GBA_20201111_Chan Tai Man). We may not be able to identify your submission if you do not name your file as instructed.
  3. Please make sure the scans of your documents are clear and legible. Any parts that are missing, unclear, and incomprehensible will NOT be considered.
  4. Please try to keep your pdf file under 25MB. You may not need to scan the documents in the highest/top quality if standard quality suffice. Your PDF file should NOT exceed 25MB.
  5. Login to our “Documents Upload Platform” at with your SSOid. Choose and click “HSBC Greater Bay Area Scholarship” in 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 the application deadline 5:30pm of 18 February 2022 (Friday). You will receive an auto-email from the system upon successful upload of your PDF file.
  6. To avoid being late, you should upload your PDF well before the deadline, as there may be unexpected technical errors/difficulties that require you extra time to solve. 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.

Copies of certificates, records on SLES, student development portfolio, letters, name cards, emails, magazines, webpages, newspaper clippings and/or other documents that have (1) your name, (2) the position held and (3) the organization name can be used as the supporting documents for your activities/services. However, please highlight the relevant information. Note that activities/services listed on the form but without proofs will NOT be counted.

Partial submissions/late applications will NOT be considered. You should ONLY attach relevant supporting documents with your application form. Submitting application forms attached with irrelevant documents might adversely affect your application. Form submission via hardcopy or email is not accepted.


After internal vetting, suitable candidates will be nominated to HSBC for a further screening. Candidates shortlisted by HSBC will be invited to attend the final interview arranged by HSBC in May 2022 via Zoom. As candidates are shortlisted and selected on a competitive basis, there is no guarantee that any, or all, candidates nominated will be invited to the interview or will receive a scholarship.


  1. Awardees will be recruited into HSBC Scholars hub.
  2. Awardees are expected to participate in the skills development programme and other learning opportunities offered by HSBC.
  3. Awardees are required to submit a report to reflect on their personal growth and learning journey towards their GBA aspirations after one year of being awarded the scholarship.
  • Please click here for general tips on completing scholarship application forms.
  • Faculty members are welcome to nominate eligible students to apply.


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

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