Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)

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Established in 2009 by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong`s institutions.

Those who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in Hong Kong institutions funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC), irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability / potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities.

The Fellowship
The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (approximately US$2,600) and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year for the awardees for a period of three years. About 135 PhD Fellowships will be awarded each academic year1. For awardees who need more than three years to complete the PhD degree, additional support may be provided by the chosen institutions. For details, please contact the institutions concerned directly.

Academic year in Hong Kong normally starts in September.

Selection Panels
Shortlisted applications, subject to their areas of studies, will be reviewed by one of the two HKPF Selection Panels with experts in the relevant broad areas — one for science, medicine, engineering and technology and another one for humanities, social science and business studies.

Selection Criteria
While the academic excellence is of prime consideration, the Selection Panels will take into account, but is not limited to, the four yardsticks below for the selection of candidates:

  • Academic excellence;
  • Research ability and potential;
  • Communication, and interpersonal skills; and
  • Leadership abilities
  • Application Process

Applicants may choose up to two programmes in one or two institutions for PhD study in their HKPFS applications. They are also required to submit application(s) for PhD admission to the relevant institution(s) directly for their selected programme(s). Applicants are therefore required to fully comply with the admission requirements of their selected institutions and programmes. The HKPFS 2011/12 will call for applications in September 2010. Detailed arrangements for the application process will be announced later.

Admission requirements of individual institutions are as follows:
City University of Hong Kong
( http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/hkphd/index.htm )

Hong Kong Baptist University
( http://www.hkbu.edu.hk/~gs/hkpfs/ent_req.html )

Lingnan University
( http://www.ln.edu.hk/reg/info/phd/require.php )

Chinese University of Hong Kong
( http://www2.cuhk.edu.hk/gss/entry.php )

Hong Kong Institute of Education
( http://www.ied.edu.hk/acadprog/rpg/prog_info.htm )

Hong Kong Polytechnic University
(http://www.polyu.edu.hk/ro/hkphd-fellowship/ )

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
( http://www.ust.hk/hkpfs/how.html )

University of Hong Kong
( http://www.hku.hk/gradsch/web/apply )

Individual institutions may conduct interviews with applicants as part of the assessment for selection. Candidates not selected for the HKPFS may also be accepted by the concerned institution for admission and offered with postgraduate studentship of the institutions.

Postgraduate Studies in Hong Kong

For more information on postgraduate studies in Hong Kong, please visit the Joint Institutions homepage at http://www.grad.edu.hk/grad/ and the website of Immigration Department at http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/faq_ipoe.htm for details concerning the immigration policy on study in Hong Kong.

For enquiries about the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, please address your questions to HKPF@ugc.edu.hk .

For enquiries about the PhD programmes and admission requirements, please contact the respective institutions directly. Contact details of each institution are as follows:

City University of Hong Kong
Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies,
Flat 7B, Block 1, To Yuen Building,
City University of Hong Kong,
Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone number: (852) 3442 9076
Fax number: (852) 3442 0332
Email: sgfellow@cityu.edu.hk

Hong Kong Baptist University
Office of Graduate School,
Level 7, Fong Shu Chuen Library,
Ho Sin Hang Campus,
Hong Kong Baptist University,
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone number: (852) 3411 5127
Fax number: (852) 3411 5133
Email: hkpfs@hkbu.edu.hk

Lingnan University
Lingnan University,
Tuen Mun,
Hong Kong
Telephone number: (852) 2616 8750
Fax number: (852) 2572 5178 or (852) 2463 9104
Email: rpgadm@LN.edu.hk

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Graduate School,
Room G01, G/F, Academic Building No.1,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
Telephone number: (852) 2609 8976
Fax number: (852) 2603 5779
Email: gradschool@cuhk.edu.hk

The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Graduate School,
The Hong Kong Institute of Education
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po,
New Territories, Hong Kong
Telephone number: (852) 2948 8939 or (852) 2948 6611
Fax number: (852) 2948 6619
Email: rpg@ied.edu.hk

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Research Office,
Room M501, Li Ka Shing Tower,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,
Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone number: (852) 3400 3635
Fax number: (852) 2355 7651
Email: roro@polyu.edu.hk

The Hong Kong University of Science
and Technology
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Admissions, Registration and Records Office
Room 1381, Academic Building
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone number: (852) 2623 1120
Fax number: (852) 2358 2463
Email: hkpfs@ust.hk

The University of Hong Kong
Graduate School,
Room P403, Graduate House,
The University of Hong Kong,
Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Telephone number: (852) 2857 3470
Fax number: (852) 2857 3543
Email: gradsch@hku.hk

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.

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