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Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

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.


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 a stipend of HK$309,600 (~US$39,700) and a conference travel allowance of HK$12,900 (~US$1,650) per year for four years.  In addition, each awardee will receive an Excellent Research Award of HK$40,000 (~US$5,000) in the first year of study. HKUST has been most successful among any Hong Kong institutions in recruiting the highest numbers of HKPF awardees for 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 2019/20 admission:

Deadline for submission of initial application via RGC System:

  • 1 December 2018 (Hong Kong Time 12 noon)
Deadline for HKPFS application via HKUST Admissions System:
  • 4 December 2018 (Hong Kong Time 11:59pm)
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.