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Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) 2020 - Hong Kong

Established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong in 2009, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong's universities.

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About Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)


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Aim and Benefits of Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

  1. The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$319,200 (approximately US$40,900) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$13,300 (approximately US$1,700) per year for each awardee for a period up to three years. 300 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in the 2021/22 academic year.
  2. For awardees who need more than three years to complete the PhD degree, additional support may be provided by the chosen universities. For details, please contact the universities concerned directly.

Requirements for Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Qualification

Candidates who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in the following eight universities as listed above, irrespective of their country of origin, prior work experience 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.


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Interview date, Process and Venue for Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

Shortlisted applications, subject to their areas of studies, will be reviewed by one of the following two Selection Panels comprising experts in the relevant board areas:

  1. Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Technology
  2. Humanities, Social Sciences and Business Studies

Selection Criteria

While candidates' academic excellence is of primary consideration, the Selection Panels will take into account factors as follows:

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

Application Deadline

December 1, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) on cerg1.ugc.edu.hk to apply

For more details, visit HKPFS website



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