Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

Deadline: 2 December 2019
Open to: international applicants
Benefits: annual stipend of approximately USD 39,700


Established in 2009 by the Research Grants Council (RGC), the Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their Ph.D. programs in Hong Kong’s universities.


Those who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in Hong Kong universities funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC), 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.

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.


The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$309,600 (approximately USD 39,700) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$12,900 (approximately USD 1,700) per year for each awardee for a period up to three years. 250 Ph.D. Fellowships will be awarded in the 2020/21 academic year1. For awardees who need more than three years to complete the Ph.D. degree, additional support may be provided by the chosen universities. For details, please contact the universities concerned directly.

How to apply?

For more information, visit the official web page.