China - the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Karolinska Institutet and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) offer a short term student exchange program for hosting 1-2 doctoral students from each university per year.

The duration of the short term exchange of doctoral students will be from 1-6 months. The two selected KI students will each receive a travel grant for up to 10 000 SEK to cover the return flight in economy class.

The application period is currently closed.

Announcement for short term PhD student exchange 2019-2020

The Board of Doctoral Education at Karolinska Institutet hereby announces two short term exchange positions at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for KI-PhD-students. Two PhD students will be selected by KI to go on a short term exchange lasting for a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 6 moths. The selected students will each receive a travel grant for up to 10 000 SEK to cover the return flight to Hong Kong in economy class.

Application and admission

Application documents are to be submitted to the home universities International Relations Unit. Students that come within already existing collaborations will be priorities in the selection. All applications should include confirmation from a CUHK/KI researcher stating that the researcher is willing to supervise the student during the student's stay at CUHK/KI. CUHK PIs and KI PIs should discuss the candidates' research proposals in advance.

Announcement and guidelines for KI students can be found below. The application is published here when the application period is open.

Application Documents for KI Students

  • Description of the research project (briefly describe your proposed research plan/project at the host institution and indicate why it is essential to your research/thesis)
  • Letter of invitation from the host supervisor
  • Letter of support by the KI supervisor including confirmation the exchange is included in the individual study plan, and that the salary will be paid during the exchange
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Application form 


For KI doctoral students, application period for the academic year 2019-2020 has passed.

CUHK have their own application deadline. For more information regarding the CUHK process please contact Office of Academic Links at CUHK


Free on campus accommodation might be available for visiting KI doctoral students. CUHK will otherwise provide assistance to find accommodation.

Incoming short-term doctoral exchange students to KI should apply for housing as early as possible. Please contact Karolinska Institutet Housing for more information. 

About the Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a top university of higher learning in Hong Kong, with a wide range of disciplines including Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Biology. CUHK has five focused research areas where Biomedical Science is one of them. CUHK was founded in 1963, as a Chinese university in the British colony of Hong Kong. After half a century of growth and development, CUHK have become a comprehensive research university, a regional leader with a global reputation. CUHK has eight faculties, where Faculty of Medicine is one as well as a Graduate School.

The Faculty of Medicine has developed its teaching, clinical practice and research and advancement of health sciences since its establishment at the University. Students receive first-class comprehensive training by means of five bachelor's and various postgraduate programmes offered by 19 teaching departments / schools / units. The MB ChB programme adopts a system-based integrated curriculum which emphasizes early clinical exposure and small-group teaching. Students in medicine, nursing and pharmacy are given hands-on clinical experience at the University's teaching hospital, the Prince of Wales Hospital.



Katarina Drakenberg

International coordinator

Christer Rolf

Professor Emeritus/Emerita