Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC)in 2009, aims at attracting the best and brightest students from all over the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong. The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (ca EUR1,900 – USD2,550) and a conference travel allowance of HK$10,000 (ca EUR 950 – USD 1,300) per year for the awardees for a maximum period of three years. For awardees with a normative study period of 4 years, CUHK will offer the award at the same level for the fourth year. 135 PhD Fellowships will be awarded for the 2012/13 academic year.
CUHK welcomes applicants who are seeking admission to our full-time PhD programmes to apply through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme. Those who are seeking admission as new full-time PhD students, 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.
While the academic excellence is of prime consideration, the Review 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; Institutional support; Communication, and interpersonal skills; and Leadership abilities, and societal responsibility
The Scheme will call for applications from 1 September 2011. The application deadline is 1 December 2011. Applicants should submit initial application to the RGC through their on-line application system, and will be assigned a Reference Number. Applicants should then submit the full application through CUHK’s on-line admission system and quote the RGC Reference Number. Each applicant may choose up to 2 programmes when applying for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship.
The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship application is also regarded as a formal application for PhD admission, and applicants are therefore required to fully comply with CUHK’s admission requirements. Applicants who are not selected for the Fellowship Scheme will be considered as normal application, and if admitted, be offered a postgraduate studentship during their normative period of studies.
Application Deadline: 1 December 2011
How to Apply
Eligible candidates should first make an initial application online through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) Electronic System to obtain a HKPFS reference number by 1 December 2011 at Hong Kong Time 12:00:00 (GMT +8 hours) before submitting applications for PhD admission to their chosen institutions.
Applicants may choose up to two programmes / departments at one or two institutions for PhD study under HKPFS 2012/13. They should therefore comply with the admission requirements of their selected institutions and programmes.
As the deadlines for applications to some of the institutions immediately follow that of the initial application, candidates should submit initial applications as early as possible to ensure that they have sufficient time to submit applications to institutions
Step 1: Submit Initial Application to Research Grants Council
Step 2: Submit Full Applications to Proposed Institutions
After completing an initial application, applicants should submit full applications for their selected PhD programmes to the proposed institutions quoting their HKPFS reference number before the institutions’ respective deadlines. As regards programme information, requirements for PhD admission, application methods, regulations and policy of individual institutions, please refer to individual institutions and PhD programmes for information.
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