Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) for International students 2021-22
Established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong in 2009, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong’s universities.
Candidates who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in the following eight universities, irrespective of their country of origin, prior work experience and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply.
- City University of Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Baptist University
- Lingnan University
- The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- The Education University of Hong Kong
- The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- The University of Hong Kong
Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability / potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities.
The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$319,200 (approximately US$40,900) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$13,300 (approximately US$1,700) per year for each awardee for a period up to three years. 300 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in the 2021/22 academic year*. 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.
* Universities in Hong Kong normally start their academic year in September.
Shortlisted applications, subject to their areas of studies, will be reviewed by one of the following two Selection Panels comprising experts in the relevant board areas:
- Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Technology
- Humanities, Social Sciences and Business Studies
While candidates’ academic excellence is of primary consideration, the Selection Panels will take into account factors as follows:
- Academic excellence;
- Research ability and potential;
- Communication and interpersonal skills; and
- Leadership abilities.
Step 1: Submit Initial Application to Research Grants Council
Open for applications: 1 September 2020 at 12:00 noon Hong Kong Time
Step 2: Submit Full Applications to Proposed Universities
Pursuing PhD in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a free and dynamic society where creativity and entrepreneurship converge. Strategically located in the heart of Asia, it is a cosmopolitan city offering global connectivity, security and rich diversity, and is home to a unique network of people who celebrate excellence and quality living.
Hong Kong’s education system fosters lifelong learning and independent research, leading to a motivated, highly skilled and entrepreneurial workforce. Hong Kong welcomes an international workforce.
Universities in Hong Kong offer special strengths amidst a wide choice of disciplines, developing the city into a regional and international hub for higher education and talent development.
Living and Studying in Hong Kong
So what does Hong Kong offer in respect of higher education? What is it like to undertake PhD studies in Hong Kong?
Eight research degree-awarding universities take part in the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme:
|CityU||City University of Hong Kong|
|HKBU||Hong Kong Baptist University|
|CUHK||The Chinese University of Hong Kong|
|EdUHK||The Education University of Hong Kong|
|PolyU||The Hong Kong Polytechnic University|
|HKUST||The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology|
|HKU||The University of Hong Kong|
|For detailed information of individual universities, please click the tabs belo|
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As regards admission and application requirements for PhD studies, please refer to individual universities for information.
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