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Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme 2024

Research Grant Council provides Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) to international students who are looking to study in Hong Kong. The board will also offer an annual stipend of 309, 600 HKD. If you wish to get admission as a full-time Ph.D. student at the Research Grant Council’s partner universities then, you will be able to apply irrespective of prior work experience/inexperience or country of origin.

To implement this program, the Research Council partnered with 8 Hong Kong Universities to deliver a place for students to pursue research in their respective fields. Under the program, the students will receive an annual stipend of 331, 200 HKD and a conference and research-related travel allowance of 13,800 HKD.

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Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme 2024 – Overview

Name of the OrganizationResearch Grant Council of Hong Kong
Scholarship TypeMerit-Based
Offered byGovernment bodies
Application DeadlineDecember 1st, 2023
No. of Scholarships250
Scholarship Amount$42,354
Scholarship RenewabilityOne Time Payment
International Students EligibleYes
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Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who want to get admission as new full-time PhD students in the following eight universities, irrespective of their country of origin, prior work experience and ethnic background, can be eligible to apply.

  • 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

Must have an outstanding quality of academic performance, research ability/potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities.

Application Process

Follow the steps to apply below.

Step 1: Fill in an online initial application through the Hong Kong Electronic System (HKPFSES).

Step 2: The students will receive a reference number.

Step 3: Applicants will be allowed to choose up to 2 programs at one or two universities in the current year.

Step 4: The required documents such as Passport, Curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, and Proof of English language proficiency are compulsory.

Step 5: Complete and submit full applications in their respective Ph.D. programs and universities.

Fellowship Award

The Fellowship covers an annual stipend of HK$331,200 (approximately US$42,460) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$13,800 (approximately US$1,760) every year for each awardee for a period of up to 3 years.

350 PhD Fellowships will receive the 2024/25 academic year*. For awardees who need more than 3 years to finish the PhD degree, additional support may be provided by the chosen universities.

Selection Panel

Shortlisted applications will be reviewed by one of the following two Selection Panels comprising experts in the relevant board areas:

  • Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Technology
  • Humanities, Social Sciences and Business Studies

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be selected based on factors as follows:

  • Academic excellence;
  • Research ability and potential;
  • Communication and interpersonal skills; and
  • Leadership abilities.


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