Hong Kong PhD Fellowships

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 in the world  to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong’s institutions.

Those 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 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.

The Fellowship
The 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 the awardees for a period of three years.
About 135 PhD Fellowships  will be awarded each academic year1. 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.

Academic year in Hong Kong  normally starts in September. Selection Panels Shortlisted applications, subject to their  areas of studies, will be reviewed by one of the two HKPF Selection  Panels with experts in the relevant broad areas — one for science,  medicine, engineering and technology and another one for humanities,  social science and business studies.

Selection Criteria
While the academic excellence is of prime  consideration, the Selection Panels will take into account, but is 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.

Application Process
Applicants may choose up to two programmes  in one or two institutions for PhD study in their HKPFS applications.  They are also 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 HKPFS  2011/12 will call for applications in September 2010.  Detailed arrangements for the application process will be announced later.

Admission requirements of  individual institutions are as follows:
City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Baptist University

Lingnan University

The Chinese University of Hong  Kong

The Hong Kong Institute of  Education

The Hong Kong Polytechnic  University

The Hong Kong University of  Science and Technology

The University of Hong Kong

Individual institutions may  conduct interviews with applicants as part of the assessment for  selection. Candidates not selected for the HKPFS may also be accepted by  the concerned institution for admission and offered with postgraduate  studentship of the institutions.

Postgraduate Studies in Hong  Kong For more information on  postgraduate studies in Hong Kong, please visit the Joint Institutions  homepage at http://www.grad.edu.hk/grad/ and the website of Immigration  Department http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/faq_ipoe.htm for details concerning the immigration policy on study in Hong Kong.

Contact detail: HKPF@ugc.edu.hk
Moreinfo:  http://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/hkphd/hkphd.htm