Find out what past Scholars think about Cambridge and the Scholarship here.
My three years at Cambridge have been most enriching and academically inspiring, and this would definitely not have been possible without the great support and community formed through the Prince Philip Scholarship.
Ms. Poon, Dana May
Having graduated from Cambridge recently, I am beyond grateful for the Prince Philip Scholarship that has allowed me to fully enjoy my time at University and make the most out of this incredible opportunity to learn from professors, peers and make use of the academic resources available to students. As there were ten scholars admitted in my year, being part of this group has allowed me to form great friendships with fellow scholars. Participating in events organized by the Friends of Cambridge has also given me the opportunity to learn and receive career advice from graduated scholars who are currently working in Hong Kong. My three years at Cambridge have been most enriching and academically inspiring, and this would definitely not have been possible without the great support and community formed through the Prince Philip Scholarship.
Dana is currently working as a financial analyst in New York.
I am forever thankful that I took that leap of faith and applied for the Prince Philip Scholarship all those years ago.
Ms. Rane, Jai
My Cambridge experience was a truly enriching one. Having never ventured outside Asia before, I was initially unsure what to expect when I first arrived at Pembroke to read English. However, it did not take me long to realize what a stimulating place Cambridge is. There is opportunity to learn at every corner. If enlightenment didn’t strike during a lecture, it would strike during a conversation with the stranger in the UL tea room, or in the middle of a discussion with my housemate. I particularly enjoyed how Pembroke formal halls would morph into informal cross-discipline seminars. When not defending Alexander Pope over dessert, I enjoyed volunteering for Schools Plus, and organizing poetry workshops for the homeless as president of Hiraeth. Now that I am poised to return for my 5th year at Cambridge, this time as a PhD student, I am forever thankful that I took that leap of faith and applied for the Prince Philip Scholarship all those years ago.
Jai is currently a PhD candidate at Cambridge.
So don’t miss out on this opportunity; apply for the Prince Philip Scholarship to unlock this unique experience and join the community of scholars to create life-long friendships.
Mr. Ting, Julian Cheuk Hei
Studying abroad, thousands of miles from home away from family and friends may be a daunting thought, but don’t let it discourage you from applying to Cambridge. As one of the best universities in the world, Cambridge offers a large variety of courses that allow you to develop skills valued both in industry and in academia. In your spare time, there is also a plethora of clubs and societies ranging from sports to collage-making, available to broaden your horizons and to socialise. I have been the co-chairman of the college bridge club for three years and have thoroughly enjoyed the intellectual exchange with other players. So don’t miss out on this opportunity; apply for the Prince Philip Scholarship to unlock this unique experience and join the community of scholars to create life-long friendships.
None of this would have been possible without the generous support of The Friends and their benefactors, to which I am greatly indebted.
Mr. Hung, Johnathan Man Chiu
Cambridge has been my home for the past seven years, and my time here has been, and will continue to be, a huge influence on my life. The notorious ‘Cambridge bubble’ certainly exists, as the hectic term time schedule almost encourages isolation from the outside world. However within the bubble is a boundless world of intellectual stimulation. Starting as a naive undergraduate, and subsequently studying for my Masters and now PhD, I have reaped great rewards while facing trials and tribulations! During this journey of discovery, I have met the most interesting and stimulating minds. My future is unknown, but I am sure I shall cherish my memories here forever. None of this would have been possible without the generous support of The Friends and their benefactors, to which I am greatly indebted.
Johnathan is currently studying for a PhD in Theoretical Cosmology at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at Cambridge.
My time at Cambridge was some of the best of my life, and this was made possible by the Prince Philip Scholarship.
Mr. Kwan, Ping Kan
My time at Cambridge was some of the best of my life, and this was made possible by the Prince Philip Scholarship. I had the opportunity to attend lectures by world-renowned experts, and exchange ideas with some of the brightest minds in the world. The study of law at Corpus Christi was rigorous, and my legal thinking now was shaped by the many hours of discussion with my jurisprudence and legal history supervisors. Intellectual pursuits aside, Cambridge has also broadened my horizon and taught me the power of the law in the context of social justice (something Prince Philip Scholars are encouraged to get involved in). I travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo with the Cambridge Lawyers Without Borders society to help improve access to justice there, and also set up the African Prisons Project in Cambridge in 2013. These are all fond memories which made my time in Cambridge unforgettable. I also made lifelong friends with whom I to stay in touch on a very regular basis!
Ping Kan is currently working as a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins’s Hong Kong office.
I am incredibly grateful to The Friends of Cambridge in Hong Kong for their support in my Cambridge journey that has undoubtedly shaped who I am today.
Ms. Wong, Hilary Jin Yan
As the best university in the world, Cambridge holds a mythical status: the gorgeous architecture, the Harry Potter-esque gowns and the large share of Nobel Prize recipients. Once I arrived here, however, I realized what made Cambridge a magical place is the people who all love learning. At supervisions, we had the unique opportunity to ask questions and discuss science with frontline researchers who made original discoveries. Students bonded over their shared passion for learning, not just in our degree subjects but about the world around us, helping and challenging one another along the way. Even as an international student, I made friends easily, many of whom remain my closest friends. I also became an avid rower at my college, and participated in Cambridge Bumps and the Head of River Race on the Thames. I am incredibly grateful to The Friends of Cambridge in Hong Kong for their support in my Cambridge journey that has undoubtedly shaped who I am today.
Hilary is currently completing her PhD in Genetics at Cambridge.
11 years later and still so beautiful. Thank you, Cambridge, for it all.
Mr. Kam, Hugh Tsun Ting
Burying a time capsule with friends in the pouring rain just before graduation, cycling with a rice cooker on each handlebar to a Chinese New Year celebration, pelting stones at a friend’s window at midnight (as part of a birthday surprise), lecturing English friends on how to write Chinese during our law lectures, buying Secret Santa at Ann Summers, talking life philosophy at 2am in the laundry room on a Saturday night, orating in the Senate Hall itself, having chicken and sweetcorn bap from Nadia’s almost every day, listening in person to Lord Bingham set out his doctrine on the rule of law for the first time, getting into a crazy water fight on the Cam, staring in awe at the Tour de Cambridge rushing past Pembroke every morning at 9am just before lectures, oh, and actually meeting Prince Philip the man himself…!
11 years later and still so beautiful. Thank you, Cambridge, for it all.
Hugh Kam is a barrister at Plowman Chambers and a Member of the Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association.
Lively formal halls, gruelling rowing practices and the relaxing cycling back and forth the Cavendish Laboratory complemented the Tripos for a complete Cambridge experience.
Mr. Hau, Gary Wai Kei
I read Natural Sciences (Physics) at Corpus Christi College. While I failed to discover the Grand Unifying Theory during my four years there, I enjoyed the intellectual challenges during my attempts. Lively formal halls, gruelling rowing practices and the relaxing cycling back and forth the Cavendish Laboratory complemented the Tripos for a complete Cambridge experience.
After Cambridge, I worked in the business strategy areas for a decade across Europe and Asia. Recently, I helped launch the government’s Innovation and Technology Venture Fund, and is now responsible for the development of the fintech ecosystem in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.
In my spare time, I enjoy trail-running. I am also a Christian, the husband of a wise and beautiful alumna, and a proud father.
Gary is currently working at the Fintech Facilitation Office of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.
My dream was made possible thanks to the Prince Philip Scholarship.
Ms. Ng, Elaine Pui Kei
The Cambridge years were a life-changing chapter. A teenage girl born and raised in Hong Kong was exposed to intensive, world-class intellectual stimulation – emerging from freshers’ confidence crisis with an inspired, independent mind. I met extraordinary people and made some of my best friends. Those days feel surreal now. My dream was made possible thanks to the Prince Philip Scholarship.
After Cambridge, I trained as a solicitor at Allen & Overy, and have now worked in the Government for over a decade in legislative drafting. I am honoured to be serving the people of Hong Kong. In a similar spirit, it is my privilege to be on the Executive Committee of The Friends – to give back what I can to help deserving students experience their own unique chapters at Cambridge. In my remaining free time, I pursue weekend farming, among other interests.
Elaine read Law at Cambridge and is currently Senior Government Counsel in the Law Drafting Division at the Department of Justice, HKSAR Government.