About the Scholarship



The R C Lee Centenary Scholarship was established by the Drs. Richard Charles and Esther Yewpick Lee Charitable Foundation to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Richard Charles Lee in Hong Kong on the 7th March 1905, one of the foremost businessmen and philanthropists of his day.


The scholarships are intended to encourage very bright young men and women who are graduate of a university in Hong Kong to pursue their studies at a university of high academic standing outside Hong Kong, whether at doctoral, master’s or bachelor’s level.


Maximum awards each year

As these scholarships are intended to promote excellence, candidates should be aware that the Foundation will not award any scholarships in years in which there are no suitable candidates

Duration of Award

The duration of the award will be stated in the letter awarding the scholarship . It will be set by reference to the letter from the scholar's university offering the scholar a place at the university and will only be extended in exceptional circumstances.

Each scholar’s performance is evaluated on annual basis taking into account reports from his/her university. Scholars are therefore required to authorize their universities to provide the Foundation with periodic reports about them. A scholarship may be terminated early at any time and without prior warning if, in the Foundation's opinion, the scholar's progress, performance, attendance or conduct is not satisfactory.

Scholars may not change their course of studies without the consent of the Foundation.

Any scholar whose studies end early for whatever reason must notify the Foundation of this at once. He/she will cease to be eligible for any further payments from the Foundation, other than for university or college fees paid in arrears, and must repay on demand allowances paid for the period after the end of his/her studies, where appropriate.

Amount of Award

The amount of the award will be determined by the Foundation on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the level of tuition fees, accommodation costs, living expenses appropriate to the country in which they will be studying, books and incidental expenses. Successful candidates will be required to provide details of this which should be obtained from their chosen universities.

The award will include provision for the scholar’s airfare at the beginning and end of the course and for reasonable subsistence during university vacations, including foreign travel which is considered to be an important part of the scholarship. Scholars are therefore discouraged from taking paid employment during university vacations and will be expected to give an account of how they have used their vacations.

The award (including tuition fees, accommodation allowance, living expenses, and vacation allowance) will normally be disbursed to the scholar or to the university/college direct, whichever is appropriate, at the Foundation’s discretion but so as to comply with any terms of payment imposed by the university or college.

Travel Grant

An important feature of the R C Lee Centenary Scholarship is the Discretionary Travel Grant. All Scholars are expected to make full use of the Travel Grant during their scholarships. These notes are intended to give guidance about how the Travel Grant should be used and the terms on which it is offered.

As the Travel Grant is a discretionary grant, Scholars must obtain prior approval to their travel plans, which may be withheld at the discretion of the Scholarship Fund. As the Travel Grant is also a fully accountable grant, money advanced by the Scholarship Fund that is not used for travelling must be repaid to the Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship’s requirements about this are set out later in these notes.

The purpose of the Travel Grant is to enable Scholars to broaden their minds by exploring new places outside the Far East and China and by mixing with other students during their travels.

In the early years of their scholarship, Scholars will be expected to travel in the part of the world where they are studying, but not necessarily in the country in which they are studying. Those studying for longer periods may use the Travel Grant for travel in other parts of the world. However, those studying in China and the Far East will be expected to use the Travel Grant for travelling in the more inaccessible parts of the region or outside the region because the Travel Grant is not intended to facilitate travel in places that are easily accessible from Hong Kong.

The Travel Grant may be used to visit places of cultural, historic or natural interest but not for the purpose of relaxation, such as beach holidays, attending conferences or for sporting tours. It may nevertheless be used for activities, such as mountaineering and hiking.

The travel need not be related to a Scholar’s studies but those studying fine arts, architecture and other such subjects will be expected to show that their travel relates to their studies or to explain why they have decided to undertake some other form of travel. Scholars are expected to make their own travel plans and to get to know the places that they visit. This means that approval will not be given to proposals involving package tours, organised tours or superficial visits.

As one of the purposes of the Travel Grant is to encourage Scholars to mix with other students during their travels, Scholars are expected to travel in the way that other students travel. They will therefore be expected to have found out how other students travel and to use the concessions that are available to students, such as student rail cards, student concession cards and so forth. They are also expected to maintain and accommodate themselves at the same level as other students. This means that they will be expected to stay in hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation and so forth, rather than in large hotels, and to eat where other students eat, rather than in luxurious restaurants. Scholars are encouraged to travel with other students but the Travel Grant must not be used to support other students.

Scholars are encouraged to refer to the travel reports published on the Scholarship’s website when they are planning their travel to see how other scholars have used the Travel Grant. They may also wish to discuss their plans with previous scholars. However, Scholars must make their own choice of destination and should not feel under any obligation to repeat journeys that have been made by others or to do what others have done.

Applications for travel grants must be lodged with the Scholarship Secretariat at least two months before the intended departure date. Applications lodged less than two months before departure may not be considered.

Scholars must explain in their own words in their applications where they intend to travel, why they have decided to go there and any benefits that they hope to derive from their travel. Applications must also contain a budget and an itinerary. Applications should not contain photographs and must never be copied from guidebooks and so forth.

The Travel Grant will be released by Scholarship Secretariat after an application has been approved. Scholars must keep an account of how the Travel Grant is used and supporting documents, such as receipts, because they are required to send their accounts and documents to the Scholarship Secretariat within 28 days of completing their travels and to repay any money advanced to them that was not used for their travels.

At the same time, Scholars are required to send the Scholarship Secretariat a report about their travels, which may include photographs taken during their travels. The report should explain the places visited, how far they lived up to their expectations, any particular benefits derived from the travels and anything that happened that is of particular significance and that might be of interest to others. The report should also contain recommendations that might help future scholars plan their journeys. It should be filed in electronic form so that it can be published on the Scholarship’s website.

These guidance notes may be varied at the Scholarship Fund’s discretion.

For further enquiries:


For details of the scholarship, please visit our website at www.rcleescholarship.com

For general enquiries about the scholarship, please email to rcleescholarship@gmail.com.
However, we will not answer enquiries on the progress of an individual application.