To encourage top international postgraduate research students to pursue doctoral studies in Hong Kong, a Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme was established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council in 2009.
The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$25,100 and a travel allowance for conferences and research of HK$12,600 per year for the awardees for a maximum of three years. More than 250 Ph.D. Fellowships are available for the 2019/20 academic year.
who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in the following eight universities, 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$309,600 (approximately US$39,700) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$12,900 (approximately US$1,700) per year for each awardee for a period up to three years. 250 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in the 2020/21 academic year*. 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.
* Universities in Hong Kong normally start their academic year in September.
Shortlisted applications, subject to their areas of studies, will be reviewed by one of the following two Selection Panels comprising experts in the relevant board areas:
While candidates' academic excellence is of primary consideration, the Selection Panels will take into account factors as follows:
For detailed information, please visit the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme website
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How to Apply?
Eligible candidates should first make an Initial Application online through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Electronic System (HKPFSES) to obtain an HKPFS Reference Number by 2 December 2019 at Hong Kong Time 12:00:00 before submitting applications for PhD admission to their desired universities.
Applicants may choose up to two programmes / departments at one or two universities for PhD study under HKPFS 2020/21. They should comply with the admission requirements of their selected universities and programmes.
As the deadlines for applications to some of the universities may immediately follow that of the Initial Application, candidates should submit initial applications as early as possible to ensure that they have sufficient time to submit applications to universities.
For more details visit this link: https://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/hkpfs/apply.html