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Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme For International Students 2020-2021

The University Grants Committee and its partner the Research Grants Council (RGC) are inviting applications for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme for International Students in China 2020.

The Research Grants Council:
Established in 2009 by the Research Grants Council (RGC) and the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), are aimed towards attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong’s universities.

The aim of the RGC is to invite and receive, through the institutions of higher education, applications for research grants from academic staff and for the award of studentships and post-doctoral fellowships; to approve awards and other disbursements from funds made available by the SAR Government through the UGC for research; to monitor the implementation of such grants and to report at least annually to the SAR Government through the UGC.

To qualify for the scholarships, the applicants must be seeking admission as new full-time PhD student in Hong Kong universities funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC).

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Aim and Benefits of City University of Hong Kong PhD Scholarship

The benefits of the PhD Fellowship Scheme

  1. An annual stipend of HK$309,600 (approximately US$39,700) and a conference and a research-related travel allowance of HK$12,900 (approximately US$1,700) per year for each awardee for a period up to three years.
  2. 250 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in the 2020/21 academic year
  3. For awardees who need more than three years to complete the PhD degree, additional support may be provided by the chosen universities.

Requirements for City University of Hong Kong PhD Scholarship Qualification

  1. Be seeking admission as new full-time PhD students in Hong Kong universities funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC).
  2. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability/potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities.
  3. Irrespective of their country of origin, prior work experience and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for City University of Hong Kong PhD Scholarship

Selection Panels

Shortlisted applications, subject to their areas of studies, will be reviewed by one of the two HKPFS 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 academic excellence is of prime consideration, the Selection Panels will take into account, but not limited to, the four yardsticks below for the selection of candidates:

  1. Academic excellence;
  2. Research ability and potential;
  3. Communication and interpersonal skills; and
  4. Leadership abilities.

Application Deadline

Not Specified


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to City University of Hong Kong on banweb.cityu.edu.hk to apply

To apply for the PhD Fellowship Scheme;

  1. Eligible candidates should first make an Initial Application online through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Electronic System (HKPFSES) to obtain an HKPFS Reference Number by the deadline before submitting applications for PhD admission to their desired universities.
  2. Applicants may choose up to two programmes/departments at one or two universities for PhD study under HKPFS 2020/21.
  3. They should comply with the admission requirements of their selected universities and programmes.
  4. As the deadlines for applications to some of the universities may immediately follow that of the Initial Application,
  5. Candidates should submit initial applications as early as possible to ensure that they have sufficient time to submit applications to universities.

For enquiries about the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, please contact us by email at [email protected]. You may also get instant answers to the most frequently asked questions below.

As regards admission and application requirements for PhD studies, please refer to individual universities for information.

For more details, please visit the scholarship website here


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