PhD Fellowship for International Students in Hong Kong

Funding TypeFully Funded
UniversityDifferent Universities in Hong Kong
Degree LevelPhD
SubjectsAll Subjects
EligibleInternational Students
CountryHong Kong
Deadline 12/01/2019
Worth HK$309,600 (approximately US$39,700)

Scholarship Description:

Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) was founded in 2009 and the aim of Hong Kong PhD Fellowship is to welcome international students throughout the world to take a PhD degree programme in Hong Kong’s Institutions. More than 250 PhD Scholarships will be awarded in the 2019/20 academic year.

Degree Level

The Hong Kong PhD Scholarships/fellowships scheme offers to fund for PhD Programmes only.

Available Subjects:

Available PhD Programmes administered by participating institutions. For details of PhD programmes administered by different institutions, please refer to their corresponding websites (links found below).

  1. • City University of Hong Kong
  2. • Hong Kong Baptist University
  3. • Lingnan University
  4. • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  5. • The Hong Kong Institute of Education
  6. • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  7. • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  8. • The University of Hong Kong

Eligible Countries:

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship is open for foreign students from around the world.

Benefits of fellowship:

The scholarship provides an:

  • annual allowance of HK$309,600 (approximately US$39,700)
  • and a conference and a research-related travel stipend of HK$12,900 (approximately US$1,700) per year for each individual for a period up to 3 years.

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.

Eligibility Criteria:

Those who are seeking admission as new full-time PhD students in UGC-funded institutions of Hong Kong, 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.

Application Procedure:

Qualified applicants should first make an Opening Application online by 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 presenting applications for PhD admission to their aspired universities.

Candidates may take up to two programmes/divisions at one or two universities for PhD study under HKPFS 2020/21. They should comply with the admission necessities of their selected universities and programmes.

As the last date for applications to some of the universities may quickly follow that of the Opening of Application, applicants should submit initial applications as quickly as possible to assure that they have enough time to submit applications to universities.

Step 1: Submit a primary application to the Research Grants Council

Step 2: Submit a completed application to the university/institutions

Deadline: 1 Dec 2019

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