Fellowships and Scholarships Available
The following fellowships/scholarships are available for applicants with outstanding academic performance, research ability or potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities:
HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship (HKU-PS): up to around HK$414,000 in the first year, and up to around HK$394,000 in each of the subsequent years during the normative study period, subject to satisfactory study progress
Hong Kong PhD Fellowships (HKPF)*: offered by the Research Grants Council for HK$319,200 per year and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$13,300 per year for a period up to three years. (https://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/hkpfs/index.html for details)
University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF): at a value of HK$70,000 on top of the Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS)
Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS): offered by HKU for HK$216,360 per year, or HK$222,240 per year for PhD students whose probationary candidature has been confirmed (in 2020)
On-line application at www.hku.hk/gradsch
September 1- December 1, 2020: Main Round application
*Applicants applying for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) have to submit BOTH an initial application to the Research Grants Council (RGC) by December 1, 2020 (HKT 12:00 or GMT +8 hours) and then a full application to HKU by abovementioned main round application deadline.
All applicants are encouraged to apply for HKPF.
In principle, all HKPF holders will receive HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship (HKU-PS)^. Separate application for HKU-PS is not required.
^ 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) either from the RGC or HKU.
If an applicant is nominated for HKPF application, a professoriate staff will contact and work together with the applicant to prepare necessary documents for the formal HKPF application. In the case of unsuccessful HKPF application, the nominated HKPF applicants will be automatically considered for UPF; and if unsuccessful application in the subsequent UPF application, the candidates will be automatically allocated PGS.