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Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme


1 December 2009, 23:59 hrs (Hong Kong time).

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

Established in 2009 by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme aims to attract the outstanding students in the world to pursue their PhD degree programmes in Hong Kong’s institutions.

The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (approximately US$2,600) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year for a period of three years.

135 PhD Fellowships will be awarded for the 2010/11 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.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

Those who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in UGC-funded institutions of Hong Kong, irrespective of their country of origin 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.

Selection Panels

Shortlisted applications, subject to their areas of studies, will be reviewed by one of the two HKPF Selection Panels with experts in the relevant broad areas — one for science, medicine, engineering and technology and another one for humanities, social science and business studies.

Selection Criteria

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

  • Academic excellence
  • Research ability and potential
  • Communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Leadership abilities

Application Process

Each applicant may choose up to two programmes in one or two institutions for PhD study when applying for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship. Application should be made through the On-line Application System (OAS). The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship application is also regarded as a formal application for admission to the PhD programme(s) offered by the institution(s) concerned. Applicants are therefore required to fully comply with the admission requirements of their selected institutions and programmes except the application deadline, which should strictly follow the stipulated deadline of the Fellowship scheme.

The application deadline of the Scheme is 1 December 2009 (23:59 hrs, Hong Kong time).

Admission requirements of individual institutions:

City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Baptist University

Lingnan University

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The University of Hong Kong

In parallel to the Fellowship application, each application will be processed by the relevant institution(s) as a normal application for PhD admission. Individual institutions may conduct interview with applicants where necessary. Institutions may also admit candidates not selected for the Fellowship Scheme and offer them with postgraduate studentship of the institutions if they are considered to be qualified.

Important Note:

Applicants MUST read the Explanatory Notes for Completing Application Form carefully before proceeding with the application. The Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) may stop processing the application which does not comply with any of the requirements as set out in the Explanatory Notes.

Applicants must submit their applications, as well as upload the required documents, through the On-line Application System (OAS) before the deadline for HKPF application on 1 December 2009, 23:59 hrs (Hong Kong time).

The RGC adopts a strict rule that NO CHANGE to information is allowed after submission of application. Applicants should ensure that all information provided is accurate and complete.

Each applicant can only submit one application through the OAS. Failure to do so may lead to disqualification of their applications.

It is the obligation of the applicant to ensure all files to be uploaded fully comply with the requirement set out in the “Explanatroy Notes for Completing Application Form”. Files which do not meet the requirement WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Other than the situation mentioned in Item I. Section H of the Explanatory Notes, the RGC Secretariat DOES NOT ASSIST IN CHANGING OF ENTRIES AND UPLOADING DOCUMENT. All requests in the aforementioned nature will be ignored and the relevant application will be regarded as does not comply with the requirements in the Explanatory Notes and may not be processed.


For enquiries about the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, please address your questions to
For enquiries about the PhD programmes and admission requirements, please contact the respective institutions directly. The contacts of each institution are as follows:

City University of Hong Kong
Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies
5/F., Cheng Yick Chi Building
City University of Hong Kong
Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone number: (852) 3442 9076
Fax number: (852) 3442 0332

Hong Kong Baptist University
Office of Graduate School
Level 7, Fong Shu Chuen Library
Ho Sin Hang Campus
Hong Kong Baptist University
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone number: (852) 3411 5127
Fax number: (852) 3411 5133

Lingnan University
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun
Hong Kong
Telephone number: (852) 2616 8750
Fax number: (852) 2572 5178 or (852) 2463 9104

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) 2609 8976
Fax number: (852) 2603 5779

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Research Office
Room M501, Li Ka Shing Tower
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone number: (852) 3400 3635
Fax number: (852) 2355 7651

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Admissions, Registration and Records 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

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

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