Hong Kong PhD Scholarship Schedule 2020/2021


The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims to attract the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programs at Hong Kong universities.

The bursary scheme provides an annual competitive grant and conference and research-related travel grants for up to three years per year.

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

About the award

The Fellowship annually provides a competitive grant and a conference and research-related travel grant of up to three years per year. 250 PhD scholarships will be awarded in the academic year 2020/21.

Who can apply for a PhD scholarship in Hong Kong
Candidates applying for admission as new full-time PhD students to the eight UGC-funded universities, regardless of their country of origin, previous work experience and ethnic background, are welcome to apply.

How to be selected

Shortlisted candidates, subject to their proposed fields of study, will be judged by one of the following two selection panels:

Science, medicine, engineering and technology
Humanities, Social Sciences and Business Studies.
While candidates’ academic excellence is the primary consideration, the selection panels will take into account factors such as the research ability and potential of the candidates, communication and interpersonal skills as well as leadership abilities.

How to Apply for a PhD Scholarship in Hong Kong

Eligible candidates must submit their initial application to the RGC via the online system at Application link to obtain a HKPFS reference number before submitting full applications to their selected universities.

Upon completion of an initial application, applicants must submit complete applications for their chosen PhD
programs at the proposed universities (stating their HKPFS reference number) before the deadlines of individual universities. As the deadlines for submitting complete applications to universities may follow immediately after the initial application, candidates should consult the universities concerned regarding the application deadlines to ensure that they have enough time to submit complete applications.

For inquiries about the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, please write to hkpf@ugc.edu.hk. For inquiries about admission requirements, admission requirements for research programs, application methods and deadlines, regulations and policies of individual universities, contact the universities concerned directly.

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