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Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
Background

Established in 2009 by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC)*, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students from around the world to pursue doctoral studies in Hong Kong.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are those seeking admission as new full-time PhD research candidates in Government-funded institutions in Hong Kong irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding academic performance, and good research ability and potential.

The Fellowship

Successful candidates will be awarded HK$240,000 (~US$30,000) and a conference travel allowance of HK$10,000 (~US$1,300) per year for three years. About 135 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in each academic year**. The School of Engineering at HKUST has been most successful among any Hong Kong institutions in recruiting the highest numbers of HKPF awardees in the last 7 years in a row.

Review Panels

Applications, subject to their areas of studies, will be reviewed by two Selection Panels with expertise in the broad areas, one for science, engineering and technology, and another one for humanities, social science and business studies.

Selection Criteria

While academic excellence is a prime consideration, the Review Panels will take into account, but not limited to, the four areas below in the selection of candidates:

  1. Academic excellence;
  2. Research ability and potential;
  3. Communication and interpersonal skills, and
  4. Leadership ability and societal responsibility.
Important Dates to Note
 
For 2017/18 admission:

Deadline for submission of initial application via RGC System:

  • 1 December 2016 at 12nn Hong Kong Time (GMT +8 hours)
Deadline for HKPFS application via HKUST Admissions System:
  • 4 December 2016
RGC website for HKPFS
HKUST Website for HKPFS
SENG Facebook for potential applicants

* RGC is a non-statutory advisory body, established under the aegis of the University Grants Committee (UGC), responsible for advising the Government on the needs of Hong Kong's higher education institutions in academic research matters and for the distribution of funding for academic research projects.

** Institutions in Hong Kong normally start their academic year in September.

 

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