Scholarship, Funding and Fees
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. About 230 PhD Fellowships will be awarded to all institutions in each academic year. For the 2018-19 exercise, application starts on September 1, 2017 (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$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 2018-19, 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
The Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine will also provide HKPF awardees with the Faculty’s Doctoral Entrance Award of HK$40,000 (~US$5,100) in their first year of study.
HKU guarantees HKPF awardees a hall place for their first year of study.
HKU waives first-year composition fees of HK$42,100 (~US$5,400) for HKPF awardees of the 2018-19 exercise.
The University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF) Scheme is generously supported by several donors and the Fellowships awarded to awardees are funded by The University of Hong Kong Foundation for Educational Development and Research (‘HKU Foundation’), the Jessie & George Ho Charitable Foundation, Dr Lee Shau Kee, and Philip K H Wong Foundation, carrying the names ‘HKU Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship’, ‘Jessie Ho Memorial Postgraduate Fellowship’, ‘Lee Shau Kee Postgraduate Fellowship’, and ‘Philip K H Wong Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship’ respectively.
The Scheme aims to attract top students worldwide and is available for selected 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 1, 2017.
There is no separate on-line application form for UPF. Applicants who have applied for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowships will be automatically considered for the award of UPF.
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$16,330 per month (w.e.f. September 1, 2017).
With effect from September 1, 2017, a PGS holder whose PhD probation has been confirmed will receive a higher PGS rate ($16,790) with effect from the following calendar month after his/her probation is fully confirmed. For example: probation confirmed within November 1 – 30, 2017
--> higher PGS rate applicable w.e.f. December 1, 2017.
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 website.
a. The fees will be reviewed annually.
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 tuition fees will be reviewed annually.
c. HKU waives first-year composition fees of HK$42,100 (~US$5,400) for HKPF awardees of the 2018-19 exercise.
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.