CUHK PhD in Economics Programme - A Place for Future Talents

[ Fast-track Admissions to CUHK Economics PhD Programme 2021-22 ]

We are launching a Fast-Track PhD admission scheme for outstanding candidates (with a Bachelor’s degree of 1st class honours or equivalent) who have difficulties to commence overseas studies as planned due to the recent pandemic or travel restrictions. Candidates who are holding a PhD in Economics admission offer from top overseas universities (world ranking top 50) are eligible to apply. All successful applicants will receive Vice-Chancellor's PhD Scholarship offered by the University.

Supporting Documents Required

1) An electronic copy of the admission offer for 2021-22 from top 50 overseas universities in QS/THE World University Rankings
2) Resume/CV
3) Electronic copies of academic transcript(s) and graduation certificate(s)
4) A research proposal of about five pages
5) English language test results (TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT, etc.)
6) GRE test result (if available)
7) Two confidential recommendations (to be sent by referees directly)
8) A copy of identity card or passport


Applicants are required to submit their applications and upload the required supporting documents via the CUHK Graduate School website by Apr 16, 2021 (Fri). Shortlisted applicants will be invited for admission interview.


For more information of our PhD programme, please visit


Note: The application deadline for 2021-22 PhD admission (normal round) has already ended on Dec 1, 2020. Only PhD applications submitted for Vice-Chancellor's PhD Scholarship Scheme 2021-22 will be processed at this stage.


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[The 2017/18 Excellent Undergraduate Paper Awards]

Every year, CUHK Economics gives up to seven Excellent Undergraduate Papers Awards. Students competing for the awards are the authors of either term papers that score an "A'' or papers our teachers nominate. 7 teams were awarded this year, 3 from the junior division and 4 from the senior division. Tina Jinci LIU’s paper wins the Mirrlees Award. Congratulations!


The senior division

1) Tina Jinci LIU (Mirrlees Award)
"Born to succeed? – The effects of birth order on academic performances and peer effects" (Supervisor: Prof. Bo CHEN)

2) Ye HU
“How does new southbound policy affect Taiwan’s economic dependence on Mainland China?” (Supervisor: Prof. Yifan ZHANG)

3) Siyi LI
“Effects of ethnic diversity on economic performance – Evidence from prefecture-level cities of China” (Supervisor: Prof. Yifan ZHANG)

4) Yuhan ZHAO
“What are the main factors which affect the adaptions of Chinese web novels to TV series and movies? – A logistic regression analysis of Jinjiang website” (Supervisor: Prof. Yifan ZHANG)

The junior division

1) Chen HUANG, Hui Lai POON and Wai Lam TANG (1st Prize)
"A model of annual pass" (Supervisor: Dr. Vinci CHOW)

2) Mingpei LI, Seokweon JEONG, Shiqi JIA and Sihan ZHANG (1st Runner-up)
"Market research on the online food delivery service industry in Mainland China" (Supervisor: Dr. Vinci CHOW)

3) Cheuk Wang CHAN, Wai Ying KAN, Ki Ki SHI and Yu Hang TAM (2nd Runner-up)
“An analytical study on the causes and effects of HKSAR’s cash handout policy" (Supervisor: Prof. Ce SHI)