Scholarships and awards

External Award: Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

October 28, 2016

Established in 2009 by the Research Grants Council (RGC), the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) 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.

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$240,000 (approximately US$30,000) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year for each awardee for a period up to three years. More than 230 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in the 2017/18 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.

For enquiries about the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, please address your questions to

The application deadline is December 1, 2016. For enquiries about PhD programmes and admission requirements at individual universities, please contact the respective universities directly. For more details and to apply please see here.

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