Fully Funded Ph.D. Fellowships in Hong Kong Universities in Various Disciplines

Deadline : 02 Dec 2019

Nonprofit organization: Research Grants Council Hong kong

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Study level: Postgraduate

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Fully Funded Ph.D. Fellowships in Hong Kong Universities in Various Disciplines

The Research Grants Council (RGC) offers a Ph.D. Fellowship Program (HKPFS) for international students, aiming to attract the best and brightest Ph.D. students in the world to pursue their studies at Hong Kong universities. The program lasts for three years and 250 fellowships will be awarded in 2020-2021.

Hong Kong Universities:

Eligibility Criteria:

The fellowship is open to students from all over the world irrespective of their country of origin, prior work experience and ethnic background, but applicants must demonstrate the following qualities:

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

Fellowship Value:

  • An annual salary of $ 39,700.
  • Travel allowance for research and conference attendance of $ 1,700 per year.

Selection Process:

Candidates' applications are reviewed by one of the two HKPFS 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.

The selection process is based on the following four criteria:

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


Hong Kong has a dual public research funding system, consisting of both a block grant and a competitive grant system. The Research Grants Council (RGC) is responsible for the competitive grant system. The RGC was established in 1991 with the objective of building up research capability in Hong Kong. It is responsible for the distribution of research funding through competitive grants, as well as for advising the Government of Hong Kong, through the University Grants Committee (UGC), on the needs of Hong Kong’s higher education institutions in terms of academic research.

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