Generous Scholarship

HKUST provides generous scholarships for you to join our research and taught postgraduate community, 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$27,700/year) HK$ 216,360 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 the largest HKPFS awardee community in Hong Kong, with around 500 HKPFS recipients. More than 10% of our PhD students is from the Scheme, coming from 40+ countries and regions.

The application for 2021/22 Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme is now closed. Successful candidates will be notified by RGC via email in March 2021. For more details about the scheme, please click here.

hkpfs-chart Created with Sketch. HK$ 319,200 per year for 4 years* (~US$40,900) Stipend: HK$ 40,000 in the first year of study (~US$5,100) Excellent Research Award: HK$ 13,300 per year for 4 years* (~US$1,700) Conference Travel Allowance:

* subject to continual meeting of renewal conditions and compliance to RGC's regulations

RedBird PhD Scholarship Program

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It is a scholarship for excellent PhD candidates, in recognition of their outstanding academic performance and research capacity.

redbird-chart Created with Sketch. HK$ 40,000 per year Renewable Scholarship of
  • The scholarship is renewable in subsequent years, subject to continual excellent performance.
  • The scholarship cannot be concurrently held with other scholarship or fellowship awards.

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 master's studies and cross-cultural enrichment.

What it offers: 

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

The application for 2021/22 Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program is now closed.

Visit here for more details about the program.

Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme

The Fellowships Scheme is set up by the University Grants Committee to award meritorious local students to pursue further studies in priority areas conducive to the development of Hong Kong.

Eligible students will receive subsidy in the tuition fee payment.

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Details of the scheme can be found here.

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. Tuition Waiver of
  • Applicable to all local students enrolled in full-time UGC-funded 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 Awards & Greater Bay Area Research AwardFulbright 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)

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