Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Program

Website: Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Program


Established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong in 2009, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong's institutions.

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$240,000 (approximately US$30,000) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year to each awardee for a period of up to three years. More than 230 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in the 2015/16 academic year*. For awardees who need more than three years to complete their PhD studies, additional support may be provided by the chosen institutions. For details, please contact the institutions concerned directly.

* Institutions in Hong Kong normally start their academic year in September.


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

  • 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

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


Student Type
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status

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

As the deadlines for applications to some of the institutions may 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.

After completing an initial application, applicants should submit full applications for their selected PhD programmes to the proposed institutions quoting their HKPFS Reference Number before the institutions' respective deadlines. As regards programme information, requirements for PhD admission, application methods, regulations and policy of individual institutions, please refer to individual institutions and PhD programmes for information.

Please see https://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/hkpfs/apply.html for complete information, links to applications, and links to institutions.

Contact Information

For enquiries about the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, please contact us by email at HKPF@ugc.edu.hk. You may also get instant answers to the most frequently asked questions online.

As regards admission and application requirements for PhD studies, please refer to individual institutions for information.