March 31, April 1, 7, 8, and 9, 2021



Each competitor will be allocated 15 minutes for the pre-selection interview. Assigned time slots will be sent to competitors by email.


The meeting ID and passcode will be sent to competitors through email.


HKUST PhD and MPhil students


The pre-selection interview aims at selecting finalists with both strong everyday communication skills and strong research presentation skills. 50% of the interview is research related, and the other 50% is about non-research topics. Questions will be randomly selected by competitors during the interview. Each competitor has limited time (e.g. 1, 2, or 3 minutes) to answer each question. No presentation, slide, or video is needed.


Results will be announced through email on or before April 12, 2021.



April 28, 2021  






Judging panel

HKUST faculty members

Video submission

Eight finalists will be selected through the pre-selection interview for the final round. Each finalist should prepare a 3MT® video, following the guidelines from the University of Queensland. A downloadable link and the presentation slide should be submitted to on or before April 23, 2021. The finalist with late or incomplete submission will be regarded as abstaining from the competition.

Finalists are suggested checking the website of the 2021 Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT® Competition for more detailed instructions.



Finalists’ 3MT® videos will be shown to the judges and audience one by one. After each video, the finalist should expect questions from the judging panel and audience. His/her performance in the Q&A session will be evaluated together with his/her 3MT® presentation.




Prize* valued at HK$5,000

If the awardee is a PhD student, s/he will represent HKUST to compete at the 2021 Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT® Competition. Otherwise, the opportunity will go to the awardee who ranks the highest among all the PhD finalists. 


1st Runner-up

Prize* valued at HK$3,000


2nd Runner-up

Prize* valued at HK$1,000


People’s Choice

Prize* valued at HK$1,000 (audience’s choice)


* It will be used to cover research-related expenses, including but not limited to conference registration fee and purchase of research-related hardware/ software. The awardees need to provide original receipts, any other supporting documents, and justification about how the purchase is related to research, for reimbursement.