250 Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme for International Students_2019

250 Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme for International Students_2019


Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme was established in 2009 by the Research Grants Council (RGC) and  aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong’s universities.


Those who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in Hong Kong universities funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC), irrespective of their country of origin, prior work experience and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability / potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities.

Fellowship Award

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$301,200 (approximately US$38,600) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$12,600 (approximately US$1,600) per year for each awardee for a period up to three years. 250 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in the 2019/20 academic year1. For awardees who need more than three years to complete the PhD degree, additional support may be provided by the chosen universities. For details, please contact the universities concerned directly.

1 Universities in Hong Kong normally start their academic year in September.

Selection Panels

Shortlisted applications, subject to their areas of studies, will be reviewed by one of the two HKPFS Selection Panels with experts in the relevant broad areas — one for Science, Medicine, Engineering and Technology and another one for Humanities, Social Science and Business Studies.

Selection Criteria

While academic excellence is of prime consideration, the Selection Panels will take into account, but not limited to, the four yardsticks below for the selection of candidates:

  1. Academic excellence;
  2. Research ability and potential;
  3. Communication and interpersonal skills; and
  4. Leadership abilities.

Application Process

Applicants may choose up to two programmes in one or two universities for PhD study in their HKPFS applications. They are also required to submit application(s) for PhD admission to the relevant university(ies) directly for their selected programme(s). Applicants are therefore required to fully comply with the admission requirements of their selected universities and programmes. The HKPFS 2019/20 calls for applications on 1 September 2018. Details on application procedures are available at http://www.rgc.edu.hk/hkphd .

For information and admission requirements of individual universities, please visit the websites below:

City University of Hong Kong

( http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/hkphd )

Hong Kong Baptist University

(https://gs.hkbu.edu.hk )

Lingnan University

( http://www.ln.edu.hk/reg/info/phd )

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

( https://www.gs.cuhk.edu.hk/hkpfs )

The Education University of Hong Kong

( http://www.eduhk.hk/gradsch )

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

( http://www.polyu.edu.hk/ro/hkphd-fellowship )

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

( http://pg.ust.hk/hkpfs )

The University of Hong Kong

( http://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/prospective-students/scholarship-funding-and-fees#1 )

Individual universities will conduct interviews with applicants as part of the assessment for selection. Candidates not selected for the HKPFS award may be accepted by the universities concerned for regular PhD admission and offered postgraduate studentship by the universities.

Postgraduate Studies in Hong Kong

For more information on postgraduate studies in Hong Kong, please visit http://www.grad.edu.hk/grad/ .

For details concerning the immigration policy on studying in Hong Kong, please visit the website of the Immigration Department at https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/study.html .


For enquiries about the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, please address your questions to [email protected]

For enquiries about PhD programmes and admission requirements at individual universities, please contact the respective universities directly. Their contact details are as follows:

City University of Hong KongChow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies,4/F., Fong Yun Wah Building,City University of Hong Kong,Kowloon, Hong Kong Telephone number: (852) 3442 9076Fax number: (852) 3442 0332Email: [email protected]
Hong Kong Baptist UniversityGraduate School,AAB 904, Level 9, Academic and Administration Building,Baptist University Road Campus,Hong Kong Baptist University,Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong Telephone number: (852) 3411 5127Fax number: (852) 3411 5133Email: [email protected]
Lingnan UniversityRegistry,Lingnan University,8 Castle Peak Road,Tuen Mun, Hong Kong Telephone number: (852) 2616 8750Fax number: (852) 2572 5178 or (852) 2463 9104Email: [email protected]
The Chinese University of Hong KongGraduate School,7th Floor, Yasumoto International Academic Park,The Chinese University of Hong Kong,Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong Telephone number: (852) 3943 8976 or (852) 3943 8977Fax number: (852) 2603 5779Email: [email protected]
The Education University of Hong KongGraduate School, B4-G/F-02,The Education University of Hong Kong10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po,New Territories, Hong Kong Telephone number: (852) 2948 7283 or (852) 2948 6611Fax number: (852) 2948 6619Email: [email protected]
The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityResearch Office,Room Z404, 4/F, Block Z,The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong Telephone number: (852) 3400 3635Fax number: (852) 2355 7651Email: [email protected]
The Hong Kong University of Scienceand TechnologyPostgraduate Outreach and Admissions Team (PGOA)Office of Postgraduate Studies,Room 6418, Lift 25-26, Academic Building,The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyClear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong Telephone number: (852) 2623 1120Fax number: (852) 3521 0049Email: [email protected]
The University of Hong KongGraduate School,Room P403, Graduate House,The University of Hong Kong,Pokfulam, Hong Kong Telephone number: (852) 2857 3470Fax number: (852) 2857 3543Email: [email protected]

Please see the official website: https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/funding_opport/fellowships/hkphdfs.html

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