Scholarship & Fees

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

HKUST has been drawing the best doctoral students from around the world through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. HKUST has recruited the largest number of HKPFS awardees among local institutions, coming from more than 40 countries and regions including Australia, China, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, etc. With more than 10% of our PhD students being HKPFS Fellows, by joining us, you will find yourself being part of an exceptionally strong research community.

Data as of June 2020

A Prestigious and Fully-Funded Option for Your PhD Studies

  • Stipend: HK$322,800 (~US$41,400) per year, for 4 years*

  • RedBird PhD Scholarship: HK$40,000 (~US$5,100) in the first year of study

  • Conference Travel Allowance: HK$13,500 (~US$1,730) per year, for 4 years*; and

  • University Accommodation: Guaranteed in the first 2 years of research postgraduate studies

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

More funding and scholarships are also available to PhD students at HKUST, including Overseas Research Awards, Fulbright Junior Research Awards, Research Travel Grants, etc, which provide you with supplementary funding to attend conferences and conduct research overseas.


On top of meeting the HKUST admission requirements, HKPFS applicants are expected to have:

  • Outstanding academic records

  • Excellent research ability and potential

  • International exposure and a global outlook

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills

  • Strong leadership abilities


Application Procedures and Timeline

The application for 2021/22 Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme is now closed. Successful candidates should receive the notification from RGC.


By 1 Dec 2020 (12noon, GMT+8) - RGC application deadline


By 1 Dec 2020 (11:59pm, GMT+8) - HKUST application deadline
  • Submit the HKPFS application online directly to HKUST.
  • Applicants who have chosen two HKUST programs in the initial application are reminded to submit a separate full application for EACH chosen program to HKUST.
  • Please be reminded to quote the HKPFS reference number obtained from RGC.


By 8 Dec 2020
  • Nicely inform your referees that it is most helpful if they can provide the reference reports earliest possible.
  • Attend the admission interviews by Skype or in person.


Mar 2021

Find the Program

HKUST PhD programs require a combination of coursework and independent research, with a major emphasis on research. The normal duration of studies of full-time PhD program is three years if a relevant research master’s degree is earned prior to the PhD program, or four years with a bachelor’s degree. All programs are taught in English.

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Tips for Submitting the HKPFS Fellowship Application

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