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Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

Background

Established in 2009 by the Research Grants Council (RGC), 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 institutions.

Eligibility

Those who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in Hong Kong institutions funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC), 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.

Fellowship Award

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$240,000 (approximately US$30,000) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year for each awardee for a period up to three years. More than 230 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in the 2015/16 academic year1. For awardees who need more than three years to complete the PhD degree, additional support may be provided by the chosen institutions. For details, please contact the institutions concerned directly.

1Institutions in Hong Kong normally start their academic year in September.

Selection Panels

Shortlisted applications, subject to their areas of studies, will be reviewed by one of the two HKPFS Selection Panels with experts in the relevant broad areas -- one for Science, Medicine, Engineering and Technology and another one for Humanities, Social Sciences and Business Studies.

Selection Criteria

While academic excellence is of prime consideration, the Selection Panels will take into account, but not limited to, the four yardsticks below for the selection of candidates:

  1. Academic excellence;
  2. Research ability and potential;
  3. Communication and interpersonal skills; and
  4. Leadership abilities.

Application Process

Applicants may choose up to two programmes in one or two institutions for PhD study in their HKPFS applications. They are also required to submit application(s) for PhD admission to the relevant institution(s) directly for their selected programme(s). Applicants are therefore required to fully comply with the admission requirements of their selected institutions and programmes. The HKPFS 2015/16 calls for applications on 1 September 2014. Details on application procedures are available at http://www.rgc.edu.hk/hkphd.

For information and admission requirements of individual institutions, please visit the websites below:

City University of Hong Kong
(http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/hkphd)

Hong Kong Baptist University
(http://gs.hkbu.edu.hk)

Lingnan University
(http://www.ln.edu.hk/reg/info/pgrad/criteria.php)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
(http://www2.cuhk.edu.hk/gss/hkphd/)

The Hong Kong Institute of Education
(http://www.ied.edu.hk/gradsch/)

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
(http://www.polyu.edu.hk/ro/hkphd-fellowship/)

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
(http://www.ust.hk/hkpfs)

The University of Hong Kong
(http://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/prospective-students/scholarship-funding-and-fees)

Individual institutions will conduct interviews with applicants as part of the assessment for selection. Candidates not selected for the HKPFS award may be accepted by the institutions concerned for regular PhD admission and offered postgraduate studentship by the institutions.

Postgraduate Studies in Hong Kong

For more information on postgraduate studies in Hong Kong, please visit http://www.grad.edu.hk/grad/.

For details concerning the immigration policy on studying in Hong Kong, please visit the website of the Immigration Department at http://www.immd.gov.hk/en/services/hk-visas/study/guidebook.html.

Enquiries

For enquiries about the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, please address your questions to HKPF@ugc.edu.hk.

For enquiries about PhD programmes and admission requirements at individual institutions, please contact the respective institutions directly. Their contact details are as follows:

City University of Hong Kong
Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies,
Flat 7B, Block 1, To Yuen Building,
Tat Chee Avenue,
City University of Hong Kong,
Kowloon, Hong Kong

Telephone number: (852) 3442 9076
Fax number: (852) 3442 0332
Email: sgfellow@cityu.edu.hk
Hong Kong Baptist University
Graduate School,
AAB 904, Level 9, Academic and Administration Building,
Baptist University Road Campus,
Hong Kong Baptist University,
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Telephone number: (852) 3411 5127
Fax number: (852) 3411 5133
Email: hkpfs@hkbu.edu.hk
Lingnan University
Registry,
Lingnan University,
8 Castle Peak Road,
Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

Telephone number: (852) 2616 8750
Fax number: (852) 2572 5178 or (852) 2463 9104
Email: rpgadm@LN.edu.hk
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Graduate School,
Room G01, G/F, Academic Building No.1,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

Telephone number: (852) 3943 8976 or (852) 3943 8977
Fax number: (852) 2603 5779
Email: gradschool@cuhk.edu.hk
The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Graduate School, B4-G/F-02,
The Hong Kong Institute of Education
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po,
New Territories, Hong Kong

Telephone number: (852) 2948 7283 or (852) 2948 6611
Fax number: (852) 2948 6619
Email: rpg@ied.edu.hk
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Research Office,
Room Z404, 4/F, Block Z,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,
Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Telephone number: (852) 3400 3635
Fax number: (852) 2355 7651
Email: roro@polyu.edu.hk
The Hong Kong University of Science
and Technology

Postgraduate Outreach and Admissions Unit,
Office of Postgraduate Studies,
Academic Records and Registration Office,
Room 1381, Academic Building
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong


Telephone number: (852) 2623 1120
Fax number: (852) 2358 2463
Email: hkpfs@ust.hk
The University of Hong Kong
Graduate School,
Room P403, Graduate House,
The University of Hong Kong,
Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Telephone number: (852) 2857 3470
Fax number: (852) 2857 3543
Email: gradsch@hku.hk