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Lion Rock Scholarship Programme 2021

The application deadline has been extended to March 31, 2021.

Application Information

Lion Rock Scholarship Programme

The Lion Rock Institute has established a scholarship programme for students in Hong Kong. We would sponsor students with a sound understanding of freedom, who would benefit from a learning experience in a world class free market economic think tank overseas, to gain insight into other societies, and to gain further understanding of economic and personal freedom.

Our target participants:

Local University students or High school students – majoring in Economics, Public Policy or other disciplines. Knowledge of economics is not required. More importantly, these students should have a passion for freedom and a desire to expand their knowledge in this area. DO YOU WANT MORE FREEDOM? If the answer is yes, you should sign up!

Number of scholars for 2021:

Summer 2021 = 3-6 students

Programme timeline for Summer batch 2021:


Initial Selection

Information Session & Training

Final Selection

Overseas Think tank Experience

Debriefing & Sharing of Experience


31 March

Month of April

Month of May

Early June

Summer 2021

Sept & Beyond

Application & Initial Selection

The first part of the application process is comprised of the submission of the student’s resume and a written submission. The topic of the written submission is (in no more than 500 words):

Suppose the government invites you to attend a meeting on March 31st to discuss anti-epidemic policies. What policies would you recommend?

The applications and in particular the written submission will aid in the shortlisting of applicants. The deadline for Application will be on March 31.

Training Sessions

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a series of training and information sessions aimed at deepening students’ knowledge of freedom. Discussion periods will be a central component of these sessions and will enable us to filter applicants via their involvement and application of knowledge. The training schedule will be sent to the students once the application is confirmed.

Assessment Sessions


Students are required to write 2 articles on public policy of Hong Kong. Articles will be published in The Lion Rock Institute website and other media outlets of The Lion Rock Institute.

Legco Consultation:

Students will be instructed to speak on behalf of The Lion Rock Institute in 1 Legco consultation sessions.

Final Selections

We will assemble a student selection committee including Lion Rock Institute Board Members and Members from Programme Sponsors to perform the final rounds of interviews. Applicants will be asked to propose a policy change that can improve the lives of the people of Hong Kong.

Where we can send students

We have strong relationships with these think tanks, and have previously sent students to some of them. They are all established organizations focusing on promoting freedom.

In 2019, we received over 40 initial applications, from which 11 students were selected to attend our training classes. A final of four students were awarded a scholarship and two scholars were sent to Ayn Rand Institute (Irvine California) and Institute of Public Affairs (Melbourne).

Although the world affected by COVID-19 in 2020, we received over 20 initial applications, from which 5 students were selected to attend our online training classes.

Financial Sponsorship

We will provide round-trip flight tickets, but does not cover accommodation, food or daily expenses. If necessary, Awardee please also make your own provisions for travel insurance.

(The amount is subject to the final decision of The Lion Rock Institute)

Important Note

Because of the crucial importance of obtaining the right travel visas, the Scholarship will be dependent on the student to acquire an appropriate travel visa once selected.

Also, some think tanks may conduct their own interviews before students are accepted into their programme.

Debriefing and Sharing of Experience

Upon returning to Hong Kong, Scholars will be expected to share their experience and to continue to represent the institute as freedom fighters.

For full programme information, please download the detailed guide by clicking here

TO SIGN UP – Submit your resume + Written submission to this email (deadline is on March 31, 2021):


Terms and Conditions

  1. COVID-19 Disclaimer: Please note that all travel opportunities will be subject to government or organization restrictions. The programme may be subject to change to online or other such contingencies.
  1. In case of disputes, the Institute reserves the rights of final decision, including suspending, terminating or changing details of The Scholarship Programme and its terms and conditions without prior notice.
  1. If any part of the terms and conditions is unclear, the Institute reserve the rights to interpret when deemed appropriate. By participating in the event, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions.

The Lion Rock Institute – Lion Rock Scholarship Programme 2021