Talent scheme eligibility widens

The Innovation & Technology Commission today announced that the eligibility for the Research Talent Hub will be extended to enlarge the pool of innovation and technology talent in Hong Kong.   With the extension of the eligibility, holders of a bachelor's or master's degree in a discipline related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) awarded by a well-recognised non-local institution will be included in the scheme.   These refer to the top 100 institutions for STEM-related subjects in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings, the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.   The Research Talent Hub previously provided funding support for eligible companies or organisations to engage up to four graduates with a doctoral degree in STEM-related disciplines from a local university or a well-recognised non-local institution, or with a bachelor's or master's degree in a STEM-related discipline awarded by a local university to conduct research and development work.    The scheme provides maximum monthly allowances of $18,000, $21,000 or $32,000 for research talents with a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. The maximum engagement period for each research talent is 36 months.   Technology companies conducting R&D activities in Hong Kong and organisations undertaking R&D projects funded by the Innovation & Technology Fund are eligible to apply.   Call 3655 5678 or send an email for enquiries.

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