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HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship (HKU-PS) NEW

In order to attract top candidates from around the world to pursue full-time PhD studies at HKU, the HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship (HKU-PS) is launched to offer the most prestigious package to selected outstanding full-time PhD students admitted to The University of Hong Kong. 

Each President's Scholar will receive a package of up to around HK$404,000 (US$51,000) in the first year, and up to around HK$384,000 (US$49,000) in each of the subsequent years during the normative study period, subject to satisfactory study progress.

The package includes:
(a) Cash Award to support research and living expenses:

          HK$40,000 in Year 1; HK$20,000 per year in the remaining normative study period
(b) Waiver of composition fees for the whole normative study period (i.e. HK$42,100 per year)
(c) Postgraduate Scholarship of $25,800 per month
(d) Conference and Research-related Travel Allowance of HK$12,900 per year
(e) a guaranteed hall place in Year 1, with possibility of renewal in Year 2

Eligibility for HKU-PS

The HKU-PS will be awarded to the brightest candidates applying for the full-time PhD programmes at HKU. As the University will also nominate top PhD candidates to the Research Grants Council (RGC) to compete for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF), recipients of HKU-PS will be selected from among the HKPF nominees. In principle, all HKPF awardees will receive HKU-PS. Selected candidates who are not awarded HKPF but considered to be of high calibre by the University will also receive HKU-PS.

Items (c) and (d) of the HKU-PS package overlap with the HKPF award provided by the RGC. HKU-PS recipients who are awarded HKPF concurrently will receive items (c) and (d) from the RGC for their first three years of study. Other parts of the HKU-PS package, plus the postgraduate scholarships and travel allowance for the fourth year of study (for 4-year PhD students), will be provided by HKU.

Application for HKU-PS

Candidates who have been nominated by the University to compete for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme will be considered for HKU-PS. Separate application for HKU-PS is not required.

In addition, HKU-PS holders will be considered for the Swire Scholarships with effect from the 2020/21 intake. Separate application is not required. For more information, please refer to the University’s scholarships website.

 

Hong Kong PhD Fellowships

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPF), established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) in 2009, aims at attracting the best and brightest students across the world to pursue their research degree programmes in Hong Kong. Around 250 PhD Fellowships are awarded by the RGC each academic year. 

 

Eligibility

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 Fellowships

The HKPF provides each awardee with both a monthly scholarship and a conference and research related travel allowance per year for a period up to three years. In 2020-21, the scholarship is worth HK$25,800 and the conference and research related travel allowance HK$12,900.  For HKPF awardees who are admitted to a 4-year PhD programme, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) will provide a monthly scholarship and travel allowance at the same level as the HKPF for their fourth year of study. 

For the 2020-21 exercise, all HKPF holders will be awarded the HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship. Each HKPF holder will be provided the following by HKU on top of what they will receive from the RGC:

•  Cash Award to support research and living expenses:
         HK$40,000 in Year 1; HK$20,000 per year in the remaining normative study period
•  Waiver of composition fees for the whole normative study period (i.e. HK$42,100 per year)
•  a guaranteed hall place in Year 1, with possibility of renewal in Year 2

In addition, HKPF holders will be considered for the Swire Scholarships with effect from the 2020/21 intake. Separate application is not required. For more information, please refer to the University’s scholarships website.

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Application

Application for HKPF normally starts on September 1 and ends in early December every year.  Applicants can check the exact application dates on the RGC website

Applicants need to submit one initial on-line application (only with basic information such as their names and place of birth) through the RGC system to obtain a reference number. For the 2020-21 exercise, the deadline  for submitting an initial application to RGC is December 2, 2019 at Hong Kong Time noon (GMT +8 hours). 
Please click here for RGC on-line initial application.

Applicants who have chosen HKU in their initial applications should submit an on-line application form and upload soft copies of supporting documents  via the HKU application system to complete the application to HKU. They are required to indicate that they are applying for the HKPF and quote the reference number assigned to them by the RGC. They should also make sure that their application materials do not contain any plagiarised materials, particularly the research proposal & research experience and vision statements, which are expected to be an original piece of work written by the applicant.  The deadline for submitting an application to HKU is December 2, 2019. Please click here to HKU Online Application System.

[Note to applicants of the Joint Programmes between HKU and King's College London/The University of Toronto:

The RGC has announced that UGC-funded full-time Dual/Joint PhD Programmes having at least two years of normative study period spent in local universities would be included in the HKPF Scheme with effect from the 2019/20 intake. However, the RGC would only provide monthly fellowship as well as conference and research-related travel allowance to HKPF awardees enrolled in the Dual/Joint PhD programmes during their study period spent in Hong Kong.] 

Please click here for further details of the HK PhD Fellowship Scheme.

 

University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF)

The University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF) Scheme is generously supported by The University of Hong Kong Foundation for Educational Development and Research (‘HKU Foundation’), the Jessie & George Ho Charitable Foundation, Dr Lee Shau Kee, Philip K H Wong Foundation and the Hui Pun Hing Endowment Fund, carrying the titles ‘HKU Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship’, ‘Jessie Ho Memorial Postgraduate Fellowship’, ‘Lee Shau Kee Postgraduate Fellowship’, ‘Philip K H Wong Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship’ and Hui Pun Hing Memorial Postgraduate Fellowship respectively.

The Scheme aims to attract top students worldwide to the HKU family and is available for selected new full-time PhD candidates with excellent academic performances. The fellowship is at a total value of HK$70,000 on top of the Postgraduate Scholarships for the 2020/21 intake. Applicants in their final year of undergraduate study may also apply for the UPF. The application deadline  is December 2, 2019.

To apply, please check the box ‘UPF’ in your on-line application. 

HKU applicants for the HKPF will be automatically considered for the UPF. However, HKPF awardees will not concurrently be awarded the UPF and Postgraduate Scholarships offered by the University.

In addition, UPF awardees will not be concurrently awarded the HKU Presidential Scholarships.

 

Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS)

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. The basic level of scholarship is HK$17,330 per month (w.e.f. September 1, 2019).

A PGS holder whose PhD probationary candidature has been confirmed will receive a higher PGS rate with effect from the following calendar month after his/her probation is fully confirmed. For example:  probation confirmed within November 1 – 30, 2019 --> higher PGS  rate is applicable w.e.f. December 1, 2019. The higher PGS rate is HK$17,810 per month (w.e.f. September 1, 2019).

 

Summary of Fellowships/ Scholarships Available

Fellowships/ Scholarships

(offered by)
Package Eligibility and Application Remarks

HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship (HKU-PS)

(Offered by HKU)

•  Cash Award to support research and living expenses:
        HK$40,000 in Year 1;
        HK$20,000 per year in the remaining
        normative study period

•  Waiver of composition fees for the whole normative study period (i.e. HK$42,100 per year)

•  Postgraduate Scholarship of $25,800 per month

•  Conference and Research-related Travel Allowance of HK$12,900 per year

•  a guaranteed hall place in Year 1, with possibility of renewal in Year 2

Eligibility: Full-time PhD applicants who have been nominated by HKU to the RGC for HKPF

Application: No separate application is required. 

HKU-PS holders are selected from among the pool of candidates nominated by HKU to the RGC for HKPF. They include

  • all HKPF holders; and
  • selected candidates who are not awarded HKPF but are considered to be of high calibre.

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF)*

(Offered by the Research Grants Council (RGC))

Provided by the RGC (for a period of 3 years):
•  Scholarship of $25,800 per month
•  Conference and Research-related Travel Allowance of HK$12,900 per year

Additional Support from HKU:
•  HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship, including

- Cash Award to support research and living expenses (HK$40,000 in Year 1; HK$20,000 per year in the remaining normative study period)
- Waiver of composition fees for the whole normative study period (i.eHK$42,100 per year)
a guaranteed hall place in Year 1, with possibility of renewal in Year 2

Eligibility: Full-time PhD applicants

Application:
•  Submit an initial application to the RGC

•  With the HKPF no. given by the RGC, submit an application for admission to the full-time PhD programme at HKU (need to fill in a section particularly for HKPF).

University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF)

(Offered by HKU)


The fellowship is at a total value of HK$70,000 on top of the Postgraduate Scholarships. 

Eligibility: Full-time PhD applicants (for Main Round admission exercise only)

Application:
Check the box ‘University Postgraduate Fellowships’ in your application

UPF holders
•  will be awarded PGS concurrently
•  cannot concurrently hold HKU-PS and/or HKPF

Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS)

(Offered by HKU)

With effect from September 1, 2019:

HK$17,330 per month (and $17,810 per month for PhD students whose probationary candidature has been confirmed)

Eligibility: Full-time MPhil and PhD applicants

Application:
Check the box ‘Postgraduate Scholarship’ in your application  

PGS holders cannot concurrently hold HKU-PS and/or HKPF

HKPF holders will be considered for the Swire Scholarships with effect from the 2020/21 intake. Separate application is not required.

Tuition Waiver Scheme for Local Research Postgraduate (RPg) Students

The University Grants Committee (UGC) provides a non-means-tested ‘Tuition Waiver Scheme’ (‘The Scheme’) for all current and new local students enrolled in full-time UGC-funded Research Postgraduate (RPg) programmes of any disciplines in local institutions, to cover their composition fees with effect from July 1, 2018.  Eligible students do not need to apply for the Scheme.

For more information, please refer to the UGC website.

 

Academic Awards

The University administers a number of scholarships that are awarded to postgraduate students for outstanding academic achievements. Here are some examples available to current students.

 

Financial Support for Conference Attendance and Travel

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 website.

 

Accommodation

Full-time non-local research postgraduate students who register on July 1, 2019 and thereafter are guaranteed a hall place in their first year of study.

Recipients of Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) and HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship (HKU-PS) are guaranteed a hall place in Year 1, with possibility of renewal in Year 2.

 

Composition Fees and Living Expenses

Composition Fees of MPhil and PhD students (2020-21):
Full-time $42,100 p.a.a
Part-time $63,000 p.a.b
 
Notes:

a. The fees are reviewed annually.
For candidates registered from September 2020 to August 2021: HK$42,100


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. The fees are reviewed annually.

For candidates registered from September 2020 to August 2021: HK$63,000

c. HKU waives first-year composition fees of HK$42,100 for HKPF awardees of the 2020-21 exercise.

d. UGC waives composition fees for all local students enrolled in full-time UGC-funded RPg programmes w.e.f. July 1, 2018. For more information, please refer to the UGC website.

Please click here for the full schedule of fees.

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. Usually, the postgraduate scholarship is sufficient to cover food, lodging, general living expenses and composition fees. Please click here for further information.