Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme for International Students

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong’s institutions.

The HKPFS was established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) in 2009. The RGC functions as a non-statutory advisory body responsible for advising the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, through the University Grants Committee (UGC), on the needs of Hong Kong’s higher education institutions in the field of academic research and for the distribution of funding for academic research projects undertaken by academic staff of those UGC-funded institutions.The HKPFS 2014/15 calls for applications from candidates starting from 1 September 2013.

 
Participating InstitutionsThe following eight research degree-awarding institutions (seven universities and one tertiary institute) take part in the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme:
1.    The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
2.    The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
3.    The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
4.    Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
5.    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)
6.    City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
7.    Lingnan University (LingU)
8.    Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd)
For detailed information of the individual institutions, see ‘Contact’ below (OR visit the official website via the link provided below).

Number of awardsFor the current academic year (i.e. 2014/2015 academic year), more than 200 fellowships will be awarded. For awardees who need more than three years to complete the PhD degree, additional support may be provided by the chosen institutions.

For details, please contact the institutions concerned directly. However, it is important to NOTE that institutions in Hong Kong normally start their academic year in September every year.

Sponsorship durationOffered for periods of upto three (3) years

Scholarship benefitsThe Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (approximately US$2,600) and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year for each awardee for a period of three years.

EligibilityThose who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in Hong Kong institutions 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.

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:
i.    Academic excellence;
ii.    Research ability and potential;
iii.    Communication, and interpersonal skills; and
iv.    Leadership abilities.
 
Eligible groupsCitizens of ANY country (i.e. all international students, irrespective of their country of origin)

Method of Application Eligible candidates should first make an initial online application through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Electronic System (HKPFSES) to obtain a HKPFS reference number by 2 December 2013 at Hong Kong Time 12:00:00 (GMT +8 hours) before submitting applications for PhD admission to their chosen institutions.

Applicants may choose up to two programmes / departments at one or two institutions for PhD study under HKPFS 2014/15. They should therefore comply with the admission requirements of their selected institutions and programmes.

As the deadlines for applications to some of the institutions immediately follow that of the initial application, candidates should submit initial applications as early as possible to ensure that they have sufficient time to submit applications to institutions.

For more details, see the How to Apply page on the official website.

DEADLINES:
The various application deadlines are:-
City University of Hong Kong – 10 December 2013; Hong Kong Baptist University – 2 December 2013; Lingnan University – 3 December 2013; The Chinese University of Hong Kong – 2 December 2013; The Hong Kong Institute of Education – 5 December 2013; The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – 5 December 2013; The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology – 4 December 2013 and The University of Hong Kong – December 2, 2013.
To apply, click here
PLEASE NOTE:
Applicants are required to submit application(s) for PhD admission to the relevant institution(s) directly for their selected programme(s). Applicants are therefore required to fully comply with the admission requirements of their selected institutions and programmes.

The University Grants Committee (UGC) of Hong Kong is an advisory committee responsible for advising the Government of Hong Kong on the development and funding needs of higher education institutions within Hong Kong. The UGC is responsible for determining the funding of the government subsidised academic degree programmes in the seven universities and one tertiary institute listed under ‘Participating Institutions’ above.

The Research Grants Council (RGC) is an advisory group on research matters that operates within the organizational structure of the University Grants Committee. Also a non-statutory body, it advises the Government of Hong Kong, through the UGC, on the needs of Hong Kong’s higher education institutions regarding academic research and how funding should be distributed for academic research projects. The RGC was established in 1991.

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