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Training modules for educators who aim to develop skills as leaders of people, organisations, schools, new initiatives, etc.



Fellows Programme

for In-service Teachers and Principals


ALiTE Fellows as Practitioner-scholars


The ALiTE Fellows Programme is a new opportunity for outstanding teachers/educators to be on the cutting edge of contemporary educational practice. The Programme is designed for in-service teachers and principals who plan to take a sabbatical leave, furthering the development of their knowledge and skills as practitioner-scholars (educators, researchers and community leaders). 


Etched in the belief that professional development and school development go hand in hand, the Fellows Programme goes beyond conventional, short-course models of professional development.  As practitioner-scholars, ALiTE Fellows will identify a substantive area of focus for an independent or collaborative professional development project. This involves designing a personalised Professional Development (PD) Plan, including a schedule of activities for the duration of their attachment. ALiTE Fellows will be immersed in one of the world’s leading faculties for education studies, and at HKU more broadly through interdisciplinary collaborations.  Areas of foci can include disciplinary or interdisciplinary domains/issues in the field of education, learning and teaching, broadly defined.


The overarching aim of the PD Plan is to bridge professional and school development. The PD Plan starts with the aspirations and needs of each individual fellow and/or their school.  This is achieved by enhancing teachers’ professional identities, furthering their knowledge, skills and capacities so that they can inspire change and lead development initiatives in their own schools and communities. 


To support this process, ALiTE Fellows will receive both individual and collaborative mentoring throughout the attachment period. They will have a designated workstation on campus, and gain access to the university libraries to borrow books and view the electronic resources. 


Sample of Activities for the Professional Development Plan (PD Plan)

  • Conducting literature reviews and data analysis for projects

  • Attending meetings with teacher educators for professional dialogues

  • Attending professional development programmes offered through HKU

  • Organising and/or presenting at inter-school/community sharing sessions/symposia


Eligibility of Applicants

Current full-time in-service teachers or principals who are eligible for applying for the Sabbatical Leave Scheme for Professional Development of Teachers and Principals offered by the Education Bureau (EDB Circular Memorandum No. 33/2021).  


The ALiTE Fellows will spend one to three months (anytime between 1 October 2021 and 31 December 2021; or 1 March 2022 and 31 May 2022) of his/her Sabbatical Leave to attach to the Faculty. 


Application and Selection

Call for Applications: 22 March to 1 May 2021 (23:59) (Deadline extended)

Interviews and Notification of Selection: by 8 May 2021


Teachers and principals interested in applying for the Programme are required to email his/her updated Curriculum Vitae and the completed Application Form with details of the Professional Development Plan to alite@hku.hk during the application period.



Dr Andrew Pau Hoang, Post-doctoral Fellow (Tel.: 3910 2318)

Ms Emmy Lam, Senior Manager (Continuing Professional Development) (Tel.: 3917 1936)

Email: alite@hku.hk