Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme 2021/22
Shortlisted applications, subject to their areas of studies, will be reviewed by one of the following two Selection Panels comprising experts in the relevant board areas:
Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Technology
Humanities, Social Sciences and Business Studies
The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$319,200 (approximately US$40,900) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$13,300 (approximately US$1,700) per year for each awardee for a period up to three years. 300 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in the 2021/22 academic year*. For awardees who need more than three years to complete the PhD degree, additional support may be provided by the chosen universities. For details, please contact the universities concerned directly.
How to Apply
Eligible candidates should first make an Initial Application online through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Electronic System (HKPFSES) to obtain an HKPFS Reference Number by 1 December 2020 at Hong Kong Time 12:00:00 before submitting applications for PhD admission to their desired universities.
Applicants may choose up to two programmes / departments at one or two universities for PhD study under HKPFS 2021/22. They should comply with the admission requirements of their selected universities and programmes.
Step 1: Submit Initial Application to Research Grants Council
Open for applications: 1 September 2020 at 12:00 noon Hong Kong Time
Explanatory Notes for completing the Initial Application (in PDF format)
HKPFS Electronic System – Initial Application
Step 2: Submit Full Applications to Proposed Universities
CANDIDATES WHO ARE SEEKING ADMISSION AS NEW FULL TIME PHD STUDENTS IN THE FOLLOWING EIGHT UNIVERSITIES, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN, PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE AND ETHNIC BACKGROUND, SHOULD BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.
City University of Hong Kong Application Deadline: 1 December 2020 (11:59pm Hong Kong Time)
Hong Kong Baptist University Application Deadline: 1 December 2020 (11:59pm Hong Kong Time)
Lingnan University Application Deadline: 2 December 2020 (11:59pm Hong Kong Time)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Application Deadline: 1 December 2020 (5:00pm Hong Kong Time)
The Education University of Hong Kong Application Deadline : 1 December 2020
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Application Deadline: 2 December 2020 (11:59pm Hong Kong Time)
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Application Deadline: 1 December 2020 (11:59pm Hong Kong Time)
The University of Hong Kong Application Deadline: 1 December, 2020 (11:59pm Hong Kong Time)
While candidates’ academic excellence is of primary consideration, the Selection Panels will take into account factors as follows:
Research ability and potential;
Communication and interpersonal skills; and
Below are a few helpful links. In these we’ve tried to answer some frequently asked questions. Please go through these and if you have a query not answered in these, feel free to ask
HKPFS application and list of universities of Hong Kong