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Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme 2019-2020

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong’s universities.

The Fellowship Scheme will provide a competitive annual stipend and conference and research-related travel allowance per year up to three years.

Initial application deadline is 2 December 2019 at 12:00 noon Hong Kong Time (GMT +8 hours)

About the Award

The Fellowship will provide a competitive annual stipend and a conference and research-related travel allowance of per year up to three years. 250 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in the 2020/21 academic year.

Who can apply Hong Kong PhD Fellowship

Candidates seeking admission as new full-time PhD students in the eight UGC-funded universities, irrespective of their country of origin, prior work experience, and ethnic background are welcomed to apply.

How Awardee are selected

Shortlisted applicants, subject to their proposed areas of studies, will be reviewed by one of the following two Selection Panels:

  • Science, Medicine, Engineering and Technology
  • Humanities, Social Science and Business Studies.

While candidates’ academic excellence is the primary consideration, the Selection Panels will take into account factors such as the candidates’ research ability and potential, communication and interpersonal skills as well as leadership abilities.

How to apply Hong Kong PhD Fellowship

Eligible candidates should make their initial application to the RGC through the online system at Application link to obtain an HKPFS Reference Number before submitting full applications to their selected universities.

After completing an initial application, applicants should submit full applications for their selected PhD

programmes to the proposed universities (quoting their HKPFS Reference Number) before the deadlines of individual universities. As deadlines for submission of full applications to universities may immediately follow that for initial application, candidates should consult the relevant universities regarding the application deadlines to ensure that they have sufficient time to submit full applications.

For enquiries on the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, please write to For enquiries on admission requirements, eligibility criteria for research programmes, application methods and deadlines, regulations and policy of individual universities, please contact the relevant universities direct.

For further information, please visit the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme website.

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