Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme 2015/16


Established in 2009 by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC)1, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students from around the world to pursue doctoral studies in Hong Kong.


Eligible applicants are those seeking admission as new full-time PhD research candidates in Government-funded institutions in Hong Kong irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding academic performance, and good research ability and potential.

The Fellowship

The Fellowship provides the awardee with a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (~USD2,500) and a conference travel allowance of HK$10,000 (~USD1,300) per year for a maximum period of three years. HKUST will provide all HKPFS awardees with the same level of monthly studentship and travel allowance for their fourth year of study.

Around 200 PhD Fellowships will be awarded for the 2015/16 academic year2.

Review Panels

Applications, subject to their areas of studies, will be reviewed by two Selection Panels with expertise in the broad areas, one for science, engineering and technology, and another one for humanities, social science and business studies.

Selection Criteria

While academic excellence is a prime consideration, the Review Panels will take into account, but not limited to, the four areas below in the selection of candidates:

Academic excellence;
Research ability and potential;
Communication and interpersonal skills, and
Leadership abilities and societal responsibility.

Important Dates to Note

Deadline for completing the initial application via
RGC System

1 December 2014 (12:00noon, HKT)

Deadline for HKPFS application via HKUST Online Admissions System

3 December 2014 (11:59pm, HKT)

For more details, please visit the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme webpage of RGC

RGC is a non-statutory advisory body, established under the aegis of the University Grants Committee (UGC), responsible for advising the Government on the needs of Hong Kong's higher education institutions in academic research matters and for the distribution of funding for academic research projects.
An academic year in Hong Kong starts in September and ends in August the following year.


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Last amended on 17/12/2014