Lingnan scholars win important RGC research fellowship awards for 2021/22

Lingnan scholars have won important Research Grants Council (RGC) fellowship awards for their outstanding research and achievements.


Prof Darrell Rowbottom, Professor, Department of Philosophy, has been awarded the 2021/22 Senior Research Fellow Scheme (SRFS) for “Philosophy of Contemporary and Future Science”, and will receive a grant of almost HK$7.8 million for the 60-month fellowship period.


Prof Emilie Yeh Yueh-yu, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Lam Wong Yiu Wah Chair Professor of Visual Studies, has received the Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship (HSSPFS) for the project “Cinema and the Colonial Dispositif: Early Screen Culture in Hong Kong (1897 to 1925)”. Prof Yeh’s grant of HK$513,000 is the largest of the nine HSSPFS awards.


James Fanciullo from the Department of Philosophy, and Yusuf Ikbal Oldac of the School of Graduate Studies have been awarded the RGC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme 2021/22 for academic excellence and outstanding research ability.


These achievements of LU scholars echo the recent outstanding performance of Lingnan in the Research Assessment Exercise 2020, in which over 50 per cent of LU submitted research outputs were rated either World Leading (4-star) or Internationally Excellent (3-star), while its Sociology and Anthropology came first, and Accountancy, Philosophy, and Social Work and Social Policy came second among all public universities in terms of the percentage of 4-star research work.


For Social Work and Social Policy, 54 per cent of research outputs were rated 4-star or 3-star, the highest in Hong Kong, while Accountancy comes second (65%). In terms of reach and significance, 56 per cent were assessed to have achieved “Considerable or Outstanding Impact”.