The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPF) was established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) in 2009. The HKPF aims at attracting the best and brightest students across the world to pursue their research degree programmes in Hong Kong. 250 PhD Fellowships will be awarded to all institutions in each academic year. For the 2019-20 exercise, application starts on September 1, 2018 (noon).
To discourage plagiarism, the RGC requests institutions to conduct plagiarism checking on all nominated applications before submitting their nominations to the RGC. Applicants should make sure that their application materials do not contain any plagiarised materials, in particular the research proposal & past research experience and vision statements which are expected to be an original piece of work written by the applicant.
New applicants to full-time PhD programmes in government-funded institutions in Hong Kong, irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background, are eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding academic performance, research ability/potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities.
The HKPF provides each awardee with a monthly scholarship of HK$25,100* and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$12,600 per year for a period up to three years. For HKPF awardees who are admitted to a 4-year PhD programme in 2019-20, the University will provide a monthly scholarship and travel allowance at the same level as the HKPF for their fourth year of study. Please click here for further details.
HKU guarantees non-local HKPF awardees a hall place for their first year of study.
* HKPF holders in the University of Hong Kong have to observe the Regulations Governing Postgraduate Scholarships.
Applicants will need to submit one initial application to the RGC (only with basic information such as their names, the two chosen programmes / institutions, place of birth, etc.) through RGC’s on-line system, and each of the applications will be allocated a reference number. The deadline for submitting an initial application to RGC is December 1, 2018 at Hong Kong Time 12:00:00 (GMT +8 hours). Please click here for RGC on-line initial application.
Applicants who have chosen HKU in their initial applications have to submit an on-line application form and upload soft copies of supporting documents via the on-line application system of HKU to apply for admission. They are required to indicate that they are applying for the HKPF in the on-line application form and quote the reference number assigned to them by the RGC. The deadline for submitting an application to HKU is December 1, 2018. Faculties will then submit the nominated candidates to the Graduate School for consideration. Please click here to HKU Online Application System.
Applicants who have applied for the HKPF will be automatically considered for the award of University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF) mentioned in the following session. Nevertheless, applicants who have successfully been selected for the award of HKPF will not concurrently be awarded the UPF and Postgraduate Scholarships offered by the University.
For more information, please visit: www.gradsch.hku.hk.
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