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

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 of eligible programmes only (for the definition of non-local student, please refer to Q3 of “Frequently Asked Questions”);
  2. students awarded with other government scholarships for pursuing the same programme, including the Continuing Education Fund, will not be considered to avoid “double benefit”. Nevertheless, students provided with financial assistance in the form of loans from the Government (e.g. Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme under Student Finance Office) to settle the tuition fees for the TPg programme are still eligible to apply.
  3. both full-time and part-time local students of eligible programmes can apply for the fellowships; and
  4. 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 with special attention to their personal statements on how they can contribute to the priority areas of Hong Kong after completing the programme.

On the basis of the above principles, each university may devise its own admission procedures and additional requirement for assessing the fellowships, and will assess the applications independently with its own admission procedure in which the UGC would not intervene under the principle of institutional autonomy.

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 in 2022/23 academic year:

  1. "STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics);
  2. Healthy living and caring community;
  3. Sustainable city and regional development;
  4. Hong Kong's strategic position as a regional and international business centre;
  5. Emerging research;
  6. Creative industries; and
  7. Culture, heritage and humanities.

Please click here for the list of eligible programmes and the respective number of fellowship places for the third cohort (i.e. 2022/23 intake). You can also find the allocation for the first cohort (i.e. 2020/21 intake) here and second cohort (i.e. 2021/22 intake) here.

Universities' websites on the scheme

The eight UGC-funded universities have established the dedicated websites on the details of eligible TPg programmes under the Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme and the respective application procedures:

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

Frequently Asked Questions (Click here)

Publicity

As part of UGC’s Story Bank, the implementation progress of the first cohort (i.e. 2020/21 intake) has been published in the Hong Kong Economic Times on 15 November 2021. Please click here for the article (Chinese Version Only).

Universities are also encouraged to step up the promotion of the Fellowships Scheme in order to attract more meritorious local students. Together with universities’ own promotional efforts, it is hoped that the popularity of the Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme would further enhance among prospective students.

Enquiries

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

For enquiries relating to the scheme, please call the UGC's enquiry hotline at 2524 3987 or email to ugc@ugc.edu.hk.