Generous Scholarship

HKUST provides generous scholarships for you to join our research postgraduate community (MPhil or PhD studies), which can well cover your tuition fee, accommodation fee and other living costs in Hong Kong.

Postgraduate Studentship (PGS)

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per year (~US$25,600/year) HK$ 199,920 2 years Up to 4 years for full-time PhD students for full-time MPhil students and

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)

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It is an internationally recognized award to draw the best PhD students around the globe to Hong Kong. HKUST has recruited the largest number of awardees for 7 years in a row. One out of six HKUST PhD students is from the Scheme, coming from 36 countries and places.

The application for 2019/20 Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme is now closed. Successful candidates will be notified by RGC via email in March 2019. For more details about the scheme, please click here.

hkpfs-chart Created with Sketch. HK$ 301,200 per year for 4 years (~US$38,600) Stipend: HK$ 40,000 in the first year of study (~US$5,000) Excellent Research Award: HK$ 12,600 per year for 4 years (~US$1,600) Conference Travel Allowance:

Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program (AFLSP)

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It is a scholarship for new students from East, Southeast and South Asia to pursue postgraduate studies and cross-cultural enrichment.

What it offers: 

  • Scholarships covering tuition, lodging and daily subsistence costs throughout the normative study period


The University is now inviting applications for 2019/20 admissions. Visit here for more details.

Tuition Waiver Scheme for Local MPhil and PhD Students

To build up a pool of local research talents to sustain Hong Kong’s competitiveness and propel the development of our higher education, the Hong Kong Government has introduced this new scheme. 

local-chart Created with Sketch. HK$ 42,100 p.a. from admission 2018/19 Tuition Waiver of
  • Applicable to all local students enrolled in full-time MPhil/PhD programs, who have the (i) right of abode, (ii) right to land or (iii) “unconditional stay” status in Hong Kong. Check for the symbol “A”, “R” or “U” in the HKSAR Smart ID.
  • Provided for normative period of study
    • MPhil: 2 years
    • PhD (with a research master’s degree): 3 years
    • PhD (without a research master’s degree): 4 years
  • No separate application is required.
  • For details, please visit here.

Other Funding and Scholarships

More funding and scholarships are available to PG students, including Overseas Research AwardsFulbright Junior Research AwardsResearch Travel Grants, etc.

Visit here for more information.


 Smart Tip

Guaranteed university accommodation will be given in the first 2 years of your full-time research postgraduate studies at HKUST.

For details, please visit the website of Student Housing and Residential Life Office (SHRLO)