Application Open for HONG KONG PhD Fellowship Scheme

2015-09-26 - 2015-12-01

International Scholarships

Scholarships for PhD




University Grants Commission Nepal intends to inform all the concerned research students that the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong is launching the seventh round of the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme. 

The scheme aims to attract top international students to pursue PhD studies in Hong Kong's world-class research institutions. The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$ 20,000 (approx. US$ 2,600) and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$ 10,000 (approx. US$ 1,300) per year for a period of three years. 

More than 230 fellowships will be awarded for PhD studies commencing in the 2016/017 academic year. The deadline for initial application is 1 December 2015. For further details, please refer  the notice and weblink provided below 

Living and Studying in HONG KONG 

Pursuing PhD in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a free and dynamic society where creativity and entrepreneurship converge. Strategically located in the heart of Asia, it is a cosmopolitan city offering global connectivity, security and rich diversity, and is home to a unique network of people who celebrate excellence and quality living.

Hong Kong's education system fosters lifelong learning and independent research, leading to a motivated, highly skilled and entrepreneurial workforce. Hong Kong welcomes an international workforce.

Tertiary institutions in Hong Kong offer special strengths amidst a wide choice of disciplines, developing the city into a regional and international hub for higher education and talent development studies in Hong Kong?


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


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.

  1. City University of Hong Kong
  2. Hong Kong Baptist University
  3. Lingnan University
  4. The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  5. The Hong Kong Institute of Education
  6. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  7. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  8. The University of Hong Kong

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

Fellowship Award

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 2016/17 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.

Selection Panel

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

  1. Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Technology
  2. Humanities, Social Sciences and Business Studies

Selection Criteria

While candidates' academic excellence is of primary consideration, the Selection Panels will take into account factors as follows:

  1. Academic excellence;
  2. Research ability and potential;
  3. Communication and interpersonal skills; and
  4. Leadership abilities

How to Apply


Eligible candidates should first make an Initial Application online through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Electronic System (HKPFSES) to obtain an HKPFS Reference Number by 1 December 2015 at Hong Kong Time 12:00:00 before submitting applications for PhD admission to their desired institutions.

Applicants may choose up to two programmes/departments at one or two institutions for PhD study under HKPFS 2016/17. 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.

Step 1: Submit Initial Application to Research Grants Council

  1. Open for applications: 1 September 2015 at 12:00 noon Hong Kong Time
  2. Explanatory Notes for completing the Initial Application (in PDF format)

HKPFS Electronic System - Initial Application

Step 2: Submit Full Applications to Proposed 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.

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