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Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme at Research Grants Council of Hong Kong: Apply by Dec 2: Expired

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About the Fellowship

The Research Grants Council (RGC) of the Hong Kong University Grants Committee (UGC) is committed to promoting world-class research in Hong Kong. Through our PhD Fellowships, Hong Kong’s outstanding universities offer research opportunities in a broad range of PhD programmes, with generous stipends and excellent support for the best and brightest students in the world.

Established by the RGC in 2009, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme has brought about two thousand top students from around ninety countries/regions to Hong Kong to undertake PhD studies in the world-class research universities in fields ranging from humanities, business and social sciences, to engineering, medical and physical sciences. Now the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong is launching the eleventh round of Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme.


Candidates who are seeking admission as new full-time PhD students in the following eight universities, 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 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.

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Fellowship Award

The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$ 25,800 (Approx. US$3,300) and a conference and a research-related travel allowance of HK$12,900 (Approx. US$1,700) per year for a period of three years. 250 fellowships will be awarded for PhD studies commencing in the 2020/21 academic year.

How to Apply

Eligible candidates should make their initial application to the RGC through the online system available here and obtain an HKPFS Reference Number before submitting full applications to their selected

Selection Procedure

Shortlisted applicants, subject to their proposed areas of studies, will be reviewed by one of the following two Selection Panels:

  • Science, Medicine, Engineering and Technology
  • Humanities, Social Science and Business Studies.

While candidates’ academic excellence is the primary consideration, the Selection Panels will take into account factors such as the candidates’ research ability and potential, communication and interpersonal skills as well as leadership abilities.

Application Deadline

Dec 2, 2019


Email: hkpf[at]ugc.edu.hk

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