Awards, Financial Assistance, Fees and Living
Kong PhD Fellowships
Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) Scheme was established
Research Grants Council (RGC) in 2009. The
HKPF aims at attracting the best and brightest students
world to pursue their research degree programmes in Hong
Kong. About 135 PhD
will be awarded to all institutions in each academic year.
For the 2014-15 exercise, application starts on September 2,
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
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
skills, and leadership abilities.
The HKPF provides each awardee with a monthly scholarship
of HK$20,000* and a conference and research related
travel allowance of HK$10,000 per year for a period
up to three
years. For HKPF awardees who are admitted to a 4-year
PhD programme in 2014-15, the University will provide
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 2, 2013 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
to them by the RGC. The deadline for submitting an
application to HKU is December 2, 2013. 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. The HKPF Scheme does not cover the Joint
Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF)
The University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF) Scheme
aims to attract top students worldwide and is available
new full-time PhD candidates with excellent academic performances.
The fellowship is at a value of HK$70,000 on top of the
Postgraduate Scholarships. Applicants in their final year
of study may also
apply for the UPF. The deadline for application is December
There is no separate on-line application form for UPF.
Applicants who have applied for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowships
automatically considered for the award of UPF. They are
required to submit a short essay on-line on why they should
The University Postgraduate Fellowships Scheme is generously
supported by The University of Hong Kong Foundation for
Educational Development and Research (“HKU Foundation”),
Dr Lee Shau Kee, Jessie & George Ho Charitable Foundation and the Philip K H Wong Foundation.
information is available in the Guide to Application
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
Scholarship during the normative study period. Candidates'
results in Master's degrees may also be considered. The
basic level of scholarship is HK$14,000 per
month for the 2013-2014 academic year (w.e.f. September
With effect from September 1, 2013, a PGS holder
whose PhD probation has been confirmed will receive a
higher PGS rate ($14,490) with effect from the
following calendar month after his/her probation is fully confirmed. For
PGS rate $14,490 will apply w.e.f.
|On or before August 31, 2013
||September 1, 2013
|On September 1, 2013 and thereafter
||The following calendar month
e.g. probation confirmed within November 1 –
--> higher PGS rate applicable w.e.f.
December 1, 2013
information is available in the Guide to Application
and Conference/Travel Support
The University administers a number of scholarships that
are awarded to postgraduate students for outstanding academic
achievements. Here are some examples.
Full-time MPhil and PhD students are eligible to apply
for conference and/or travel support for presenting papers/posters
in overseas academic conferences or participating in other
overseas educational activities.
For further information on scholarships, please refer to the University's scholarship
and Living Expenses
b. Due to the withdrawal of funding from the University
Grants Committee on part-time places with effect from 2009-10, part-time
MPhil and PhD programmes will be offered on a self-funded basis and the
will be reviewed on an annual basis.
c. The Council approved that the tuition fee
for part-time MPhil and PhD students who register on September 1, 2013
and thereafter be $57,000 p.a..
click here for the full schedule of fees for 2013-14.
Living Expenses for Non-local Students
The living costs vary from one person to another depending
on the type of accommodation selected and other factors.
postgraduate scholarship is sufficient to cover food, lodging,
general living expenses
and composition fees. Please
click here for further information.