ASTRI launches the first-of-a-kind “Top Technology Scholar Programme” Offering a promotion plan and scholarships to attract advanced degree holders for important R&D projects

[Hong Kong, March 13, 2022] The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) launches the “Top Technology Scholar Programme” to attract Master’s and PhD degree holders who have graduated within the previous two years to join ASTRI. Programme participants will engage in important research projects and gain experience related to the Greater Bay Area (GBA). Those who achieve their performance targets for the first year will be promoted and get a pay rise. After completing the two-year plan, they will be awarded scholarships.

Dr Denis Yip, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, said, “In addition to developing cutting-edge applied technologies, ASTRI’s mission includes nurturing innovation and technology (I&T) talents for Hong Kong. We are keen to attract outstanding advanced degree holders. They will gain practical experience in research and development (R&D) in ASTRI. ASTRI, which, along with ASTRI’s network, will broaden their horizons and equip them to seize I&T opportunities in the GBA and worldwide, in addition to learning about the keys to success for start-ups. We will continue to adopt new thinking to nurture I&T talents and help advance Hong Kong’s I&T.”

ASTRI has been providing tailor-made technological solutions for various enterprises and public bodies to help them solve problems and improve operational efficiency. Its technologies are applied across various areas, including Smart City, Financial Technologies, Intelligent Manufacturing, Digital Health, and Application-Specific Integrated Circuits, creating a far-reaching impact.

The Programme welcomes both local and non-local talents who have graduated from graduate schools within the previous two years. The selected candidates will engage in important ASTRI R&D projects. Given ASTRI’s R&D collaboration with many enterprises and institutions in the GBA, the candidates will be able to gain GBA experience and visit industry giants in the area. If the epidemic situation allows, ASTRI will arrange for the participants to go overseas for training and knowledge exchange. Participants can also visit start-ups to learn about their business models.

ASTRI’s management team members or professionals in the I&T sector will serve as mentors for the participants and share their experience and insights. In addition to receiving internal training, the participants can apply for sponsorships to take up to 24 hours of external courses and will have the opportunity to participate in events organised by top I&T ecosystem alliance members and in corporate social responsibility projects.

After one year of employment, programme participants who reach their key performance targets will be promoted and get a pay rise. After completing the two-year plan, Master’s and doctoral graduates will receive scholarships of HK$50,000 and $80,000, respectively.

The programme is now open for application. The deadline is 31 December 2022. Please visit for details.