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Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme

Background

"Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme" is a pilot scheme for five cohorts to provide fellowships for local students pursuing designated taught postgraduate programmes in the eight University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded universities. The main objectives of the scheme are to attract more meritorious local students to pursue further studies in priority areas conducive to the development of Hong Kong, and to encourage universities to establish more innovative and multi-disciplinary programmes that are beneficial to society.

Number of fellowship

The scheme is expected to provide a maximum of 500 fellowships for the first cohort (admitted in the 2020/21 academic year) of students and 1000 thereafter.

Duration and amount of fellowship

The fellowship students are required to pay a minimum tuition fee of HK$42,100, which is the prevailing rate of the UGC-funded programmes, and the differences will be subsidised by the fellowships subject to a cap of HK$120,000 (for the whole taught postgraduate programme, regardless of the actual study period) for the settlement of the tuition fee only.

Taking the 2020/21 academic year as an example, if the total tuition fee of a programme exceeds $162,100, the remaining balance after deducting the maximum amount of fellowship (i.e. $120,000) shall be borne by the student. If the total tuition fee of a programme is $162,100 or below, the student will only need to pay $42,100 as tuition fee, with the remainder covered by the fellowship.

Working Group

A Working Group, which comprises overseas academics and experts who are well experienced in the relevant fields and with no conflict of interest, is responsible for finalising the details of the scheme and assessing the proposals submitted by the universities.

Please refer here for the membership list of the Working Group.

Criteria for selection of fellowship recipients by universities

The scheme will adopt a merit-based approach in selecting the most outstanding students to pursue designated taught postgraduate programmes. The applicants are required to be admitted to the universities and submit their application to the universities with a proposal expounding on how they can contribute to the priority areas of Hong Kong after completing the programme concerned. Applications for the fellowships will be assessed by the universities based on a rigorous and holistic approach, subject to the following criteria:

  1. applications are open to local students only;
  2. the award of the fellowships will be based on merits taking into account the students' academic achievements, professional qualifications, relevant working experience and achievements in other areas as well as the proposals submitted by the students; and
  3. to avoid double subsidy, applications from students who are receiving other forms of government scholarship (except student financial assistance) for pursuing the same programme will not be considered.

List of eligible taught postgraduate programmes

The eligible taught postgraduate programmes should be directly related to one or more of the following seven priority areas:

  1. "STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics);
  2. Promoting good health;
  3. Developing a sustainable environment;
  4. Enhancing Hong Kong's strategic position as a regional and international business centre;
  5. Advancing emerging research;
  6. Promoting the creative industries; and
  7. Promoting the cultural and heritage industries.

Please click here for the list of eligible programmes with the respective number of fellowship places in 2020/21 academic year. The scheme is still pending funding approval from the Legislative Council. The list of eligible programmes and the respective number of fellowship places are indicative only and subject to change or confirmation at a later date.

Enquiries

For application arrangement, please refer to the universities' websites or contact the Admission Office of the universities for details.

For enquiries relating to the scheme, please call the UGC's enquiry hotline at 2524 3987 or email to [email protected].