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Hongkong HKPFS Fellowships 2023-2024: Hongkong PHD Fellowship Scheme

Hongkong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme HKPFS 2023-2024

Deadline December 1, 2022
Opening date September 1, 2022
Days Remaining Closed
Category Scholarships in Hongkong
Type Fully-Funded
Location Hongkong

The online portal for the application submissions for HKPFS Hongkong Ph.D. Fellowships 2023-2024 is open for applications from September 1, 2023. International and national students of Hongkong can now take part in this scholarship contest. Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their Ph.D. studies in Hong Kong’s universities. Join our Google Groups to get the Exclusive Scholarship winning preferences.

Benefits of HKPFS Fellowships 2023/24

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 of up to three years. 300 Ph.D. Fellowships will be awarded in the 2023-2024 academic year*.

For awardees who need more than three years to complete the Ph.D. degree, additional support may be provided by the chosen universities. For details, please contact the universities concerned directly.

Eligibility for HKPFS Fellowships

Candidates who are seeking admission as new full-time Ph.D. students in the following eight universities, irrespective of their country of origin, prior work experience, and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply.

    • Lingnan University
    • The University of Hong Kong
    • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    • The Education University of Hong Kong
    • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • City University of Hong Kong
    • Hong Kong Baptist University
    • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability/potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities.

Candidates will be selected as per their following capabilities:

    • Academic excellence
    • Leadership abilities
    • Research ability and potential.
    • Communication and interpersonal skills

Shortlisted applications, subject to their areas of study, will be reviewed by one of the following two Selection Panels comprising experts in the relevant board areas:

    • Sciences
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Medicine
    • Business Studies
    • Humanities, Social Sciences

Step by Step Process to Apply for HKPFS Fellowships

Eligible candidates should first make an Initial Application online through the Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme Electronic System (HKPFSES) to obtain an HKPFS Reference Number by 1 December 2023 at Hong Kong Time 12:00:00 before submitting applications for Ph.D. admission to their desired universities.

Applicants may choose up to two programmes/departments at one or two universities for Ph.D. study under HKPFS 2023-2024. Candidates should comply with the admission requirements of their selected universities and programmes.

As the deadlines for applications to some of the universities may immediately follow that of the Initial Application, candidates should submit initial applications as early as possible to ensure that they have sufficient time to submit applications to universities.

Step 1: Fellowship Application Submission to Research Grants Council:

The candidates are required to submit an online application by creating an account on the Hongkong Research Grants Council web portal. The applications period for HKPFS will open from September 1, 2023.

Step 2: Application Submission to Selected Hongkong University:

After completing an initial application, applicants should submit full applications for their selected Ph.D. programmes to the proposed universities quoting their HKPFS Reference Number before the universities’ respective deadlines. As regards programme information, requirements for Ph.D. admission, application methods, regulations, and policy of individual universities, the following are the universities offering Hongkong Ph.D. Fellowships:

Eight research degree-awarding universities take part in the Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme:

HKBU Hong Kong Baptist University
CityU City University of Hong Kong
EdUHK The Education University of Hong Kong
CUHK The Chinese University of Hong Kong
LU Lingnan University
PolyU The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
HKU The University of Hong Kong
HKUST The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Step 3: Get informed of the final results

If you get selected then you will be informed of your success and then, later on, you need to apply for Hongkong Study VISA at the Hongkong Immigration counter.

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