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Hong Kong PhD fellowship scheme for international students

Deadline: varies from university to university
Open to: international students
Fellowship: an annual stipend of approximately USD 30,000 and a conference and research-related travel allowance of approximately USD,300 per year to each awardee for a period of up to three years


Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong offers Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme for international students in Hong Kong. More than 230 Ph.D. Fellowships will be awarded for a period of up to three years in the 2018/2019 academic year.

Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their Ph.D. studies in Hong Kong’s universities.

The Research Grants Council (RGC), which was established in 1991, operates under the aegis of the University Grants Committee (UGC) and functions as an advisory body on research matters within the organizational structure of the Committee.

For applicants from non-English speaking universities, unless they provide proof that English is the language of instruction for all courses, they are required to attach score results of TOEFL or IELTS in their Ph.D. applications to the universities concerned.


Candidates who are seeking admission as new full-time Ph.D. students in the following eight universities, irrespective of their country of origin, prior work experience and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply.

The city University of Hong Kong;

Hong Kong Baptist University;

Lingnan University;

The Chinese University of Hong Kong;

The Education University of Hong Kong;

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University;

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology;

The University of Hong Kong.

Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability/potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities

Scholarship Award

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of approximately USD 30,000 and a conference and research-related travel allowance of approximately USD 1,300 per year to each awardee for a period of up to three years. More than 230 Ph.D. Fellowships will be awarded in the 2018/19 academic year.

For awardees who need more than three years to complete their Ph.D. studies, additional support may be provided by the chosen universities. For details, please contact the universities concerned directly.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application.

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