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The University of Hong Kong Scholarships & Fellowships for MPhil & PhD Students

The University of Hong Kong Scholarships Fellowships
Closing Date
1 December 2016

The University of Hong Kong Scholarships & Fellowships for MPhil & PhD Students 
1. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) Scheme.
2. University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF).
3. Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS).

Deadline -
1. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) Scheme
Initial application to Research Grants Council:
September 1 2016, Noon - December 1 2016, Noon (Hong Kong Time)
Full application to University:
September 1 - December 1 2016

2 & 3. UPF and PGS
September 1 - December 1 2016

Application Criteria
HKPF and UPF are available for selected full-time PhD students.
  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) Scheme
    • 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$10000 (US$2,560) and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (US$ 1,280) per year for a period up to three years. For HKPF awardee who are admitted to 4-year PhD Programme in 2017-18, the University will provide a monthly scholarship and travel allowance at the same level as the HKPF for their fourth year of study.
  • University Postgraduate Fellowship (UPF)
    • HKU University Postgraduate Fellowships are available for selected full-time PhD applicants with an excellent academic record. The Fellowship is worth HK$ 70,000 (US$ 8,970), which is awarded on top of the Postgraduate Scholarship (see below)*.
    • *US$ 2,990 per year X 3 years or US$2,242 per year X 4 years, depending on whether it is 3- or 4-year PhD Programme.
  • Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS)
    • PGS is available for selected full-time MPhil and PhD students who hold a first degree with second-class honours first division (or equivalent) or above are normally considered eligible to receive a Postgraduate Scholarship during the normative study period. Candidates’ results in Master’s degrees may also be considered.
Discipline & Field of Studies
  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Business and Economics
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
Scholarship Amount
Scholarships are available for the duration of students’ nominative study period.
  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) Scheme: HK$ 240,000 /year
  • HKU University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF)^: HK$ 205,900 / year
  • Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS): At least HK$ 188,400 / year
  • ^Combined value of UPF / PGS
How to Apply The University of Hong Kong Scholarships & Fellowships
To apply for HKPF 
Step 1 - To apply HKPFS reference number by submitting an Online Initial Application from to the Research Grants Council (RGC) through RGC's on-line system from September 1 noon till December 1, 2016 noon.

Step 2 - To apply HKU application number by summiting an on-line application form and upload soft copies of supporting documents via the on-line application system of HKU from September 1 till December 1, 2016. You are required to indicate that you are applying for the HKPF in the on-line application form and quote the reference number assigned to you by the RGC.

To apply for UPF & PGS
There is no separate on-line application form for UPF and PGS; you may apply in the same application form at the HKU Online application system.