October 2021
Volume 22, Issue 4
Newsletter of School of Hotel & Tourism Management
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Ph.D. Opportunities @SHTM
The SHTM invites applications to the Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), the Ph.D. Scholarship scheme and the Teaching Postgraduate Studentship (TPS) Scheme for admission in 2022/2023. Successful applicants will receive a monthly assistantship in the form of a stipend or salary to support their studies. Recipients of the assistantship will be required to provide support for teaching and/or research activities at the SHTM.

The SHTM aims to recruit outstanding Ph.D. students, irrespective of country of origin and ethnic background. Our current Ph.D. students come from different parts of the world, such as Canada, Cyprus, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Hong Kong, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Lebanon, mainland China, Thailand, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uganda. Our Ph.D. graduates have received international scholarly recognition and hold positions at renowned universities and other academic institutions worldwide, including the University of Delaware, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Griffith University, the University of South Australia, Sun Yat-sen University and the University of Surrey.

The main areas of Ph.D. research at the SHTM are listed at https://shtm.polyu.edu.hk/academic-programmes/hong-kong-programmes/doctor-of-philosophy-phd-in-hotel-and-tourism-management/main-areas-of-research/. The School gives priority to proposed research topics in the following four broad areas of focus:
  • Smart tourism (such as artificial intelligence, robotics, technology innovation, branding, marketing, experience management and customer engagement)
  • Performance measurement and management (such as financial and revenue management and measurement, operational management, service management and event management)
  • Tourism futures and forecasting (such as demand forecasting and emerging products and markets)
  • Policy and planning (such as public policy, tourism planning and development)
We are concurrently inviting applications to the dual-award Ph.D. programme jointly offered by the SHTM and the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey. The programme leads to separate awards from these two world-leading institutions of hospitality and tourism. New Ph.D. students will be jointly admitted to the programme on a full-time basis and will be registered with both institutions from the commencement of their studies. They will be jointly supervised by expert scholars at both institutions, and they must spend no fewer than 18 months at each institution. Each student will be required to complete one piece of research to fulfil the award requirements of the two institutions.

For more information on admission requirements and application procedures, please visit http://www.polyu.edu.hk/ro/hkphd-fellowship/ and www.polyu.edu.hk/htm/phd or e-mail ada.mi.lam@polyu.edu.hk. The closing date for applications for admission to the HKPFS, the Ph.D. Scholarship scheme, the TPS Scheme and the joint Ph.D. programme is early December 2021.

Please direct all enquiries about Ph.D applications to Professor Sam Kim, Research Student Admission Officer (sam.kim@polyu.edu.hk).

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