Frequently Asked Questions

Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme (TPgFS)

Q1 Who are eligible to apply the TPgFS? How will my application be assessed?

A1 The TPgFS will adopt a merit-based approach in selecting the most outstanding students to pursue designed taught postgraduate programmes. The applicants are required to be admitted to the universities which would invite suitable candidates to apply for the fellowships. Moreover, students must submit a proposal expounding on how they can contribute to the priority areas of Hong Kong after completing the programme concerned. In line with the principle of autonomy in student admission, applications for the fellowships will be assessed by the universities themselves based on a rigorous and holistic approach, subject to the following criteria:

  1. applications are open to local students only (for the definition of non-local student, please refer to Q3 of “Frequently Asked Questions”);
  2. students awarded with other government scholarships for the same eligible taught postgraduate programme, including the Continuing Education Fund, will not be considered to avoid “double benefit”. Nevertheless, students are still eligible to apply for the Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme under Student Finance Office to settle the tuition fees for the TPg programme in the form of loans.
  3. both full-time and part-time students will be eligible 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. For application details, please refer to the universities' websites or contact the Admissions Office of the universities.

 

Q2 Which programmes are eligible for the TPgFS? How many students will be awarded with fellowships?

A2 The list of eligible programmes and respective number of fellowships would be announced on UGC's and universities' websites in each cohort.

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

 

Q3 What is the definition of local and non-local student?

A3 Only local students would be eligible for the fellowships. The applicants would be considered a non-local student if he/she is a holder of the following documents issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR:

  1. Student visa/entry permit; or
  2. Visa/entry permit under the Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates; or
  3. Dependant visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when he/she was issued with such visa/entry permit by the Director of Immigration.

 

Q4 How can I apply for the TPgFS?

A4 Each university will invite suitable candidates admitted to the eligible programmes to apply for the fellowships and may adopt diverse application procedure for the fellowships. For application details, please refer to the universities' websites or contact the Admissions Office of the universities.

 

Q5 Are part-time students eligible for the TPgFS?

A5 Both full-time and part-time local students are eligible for the fellowships.

 

Q6 How much do I need to pay for the tuition fee if I am awarded the fellowship?

A6 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). The fellowships are provided for the purpose of offsetting the tuition fee. For details, please refer to the universities' websites or contact the Admissions Office of the universities.

 

Q7 Will the TPgFS include other ineligible programmes in the future? What are the selection criteria for the programmes?

A7 A Working Group, comprising overseas academics and experts who are well experienced in the relevant fields and with no conflict of interest, was established in 2019. The universities were invited to nominate suitable programmes under the seven priority areas for the Working Group's consideration in accordance with the following set of criteria:

  1. relevance to the specific priority area;
  2. the manpower requirements and market demand presented by the universities prove that the programme can attract meritorious students;
  3. the capability of the programme in nurturing talent and supporting the high value-added and diversified development of Hong Kong, as well as its social impact;
  4. the university's previous experience in offering relevant programmes; and
  5. the long-term sustainability of the programme.

The Working Group will review the scheme with the universities regularly on various issues, including priority areas, eligible progammes, and number of fellowships, etc.

 

Q8 I am a current student in one of the eligible programmes. Can I apply for the TPgFS in next academic year? What if I decide to defer my study?

A8 The fellowships are awarded to students during the time of admission, i.e. only students who are admitted to the eligible taught postgraduate programmes in respective academic year would be eligible for that cohort of the TPgFS.

 

Q9 Can I apply for other scholarships or student financial assistance on top of the TPgFS?

A9 Students who have been awarded other government scholarships (except student financial assistance) for pursuing the same programme will not be considered for the fellowship to avoid the issue of double benefit. However, the universities are welcomed to top-up the remaining tuition fee balance of the most meritorious students by other sources of funding according to their own assessment policy, including granting them other non-governmental scholarships. For details, please refer to the universities' websites or contact the Admissions Office of the universities. However, fellowship students can still apply for financial assistance schemes provided by the Government, including the Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme. For details, please contact the Student Finance Office of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency.

 

Q10 Can I be awarded the fellowship for more than one eligible programmes under the TPgFS concurrently?

A10 Each student can only be awarded the fellowship once within the study period of that taught postgraduate programme. The UGC shall revoke the fellowship from the student if it is found that a student is being awarded more than one fellowship under the TPgFS at the same period.