The HKPF Scheme was established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) in 2009 with the aim to attract the best and brightest students across the world to pursue their research degree programmes in Hong Kong.
New applicants to full-time PhD programmes in government-funded institutions in Hong Kong, irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background, are eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding academic performance, research ability/potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities.
The HKPF provides each awardee with a monthly studentship of HK$26,600 and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$13,300 per year for a period up to three years.
In addition, HKU will provide
Applicants will need to submit an initial application to RGC (only with basic information such as their names, the two chosen programmes/institutions, place of birth, etc.) through RGC's online system, and a reference number will be allocated to each application. The deadline for submitting an initial application to RGC is 1 December 2021 noon. Please visit the HKPF homepage for information on RGC's online initial application.
Applicants who have chosen HKU in their initial applications have to submit an online application form and upload soft copies of supporting documents via the online application system of HKU to apply for admission. They are required to indicate that they are applying for HKPF in the online application form and quote the reference number assigned to them by RGC. The deadline for submitting an application to HKU is 1 December 2021.
To discourage plagiarism, RGC requests institutions to conduct plagiarism checking on all nominated applications before submitting their nominations to them. Applicants should make sure that their application materials do not contain any plagiarised materials, in particular the research plan, research proposal and vision statements which are expected to be an original piece of work written by the applicant.
Applicants who have applied for HKPF will be automatically considered for the award of University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF) mentioned in the below section. Nevertheless, applicants who have successfully been selected for the award of HKPF will not concurrently be awarded UPF and Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) offered by the University. The HKPF Scheme does not cover the Joint PhD programmes.
In order to attract top candidates from around the world to pursue full-time PhD studies at HKU, the HKU-PS is launched to offer the most prestigious package to selected outstanding full-time PhD students admitted to HKU.
Recipients of HKU-PS will be selected from among the HKPF nominees. In principle, all HKPF awardees will receive HKU-PS. Selected candidates who are not awarded HKPF but considered to be of high-caliber by the University will also receive HKU-PS.
The UPF Scheme aims to attract top students worldwide and is available for selected new full-time PhD candidates with excellent academic performances. The fellowship is valued at HK$70,000 on top of the Postgraduate Scholarships. The deadline for application is 1 December 2020. Applicants who have applied for the HKPF will automatically be considered for UPF. There is no separate online application form for UPF. Applicants are required to submit a short essay online on why they should be awarded UPF.
UPF awardees will not be concurrently award HKU-PS.
The purpose of Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS) is to provide selected students who have attained good academic qualifications as determined by the Board of Graduate Studies with financial assistance to study full-time for the degree of MPhil or PhD.
The basic level of PGS is HK$18,030 per month. With effect from 1 September 2020, a Postgraduate Scholarship holder who is a PhD student and whose candidature has been confirmed will receive a higher rate of Scholarship of $18,520 with effect from the following calendar month after his/her probation is fully confirmed.
PGS shall be awarded to full-time MPhil and PhD students who:
Scholarships are tenable on an annual basis and are renewable upon satisfactory academic progress having been made and the availability of funding.
The Faculty has established close research collaborative links with many prestigious universities/research institutions overseas. Student exchange activities are therefore encouraged with a view to broadening the scope of collaborations. MPhil/PhD students may have opportunities to engage in research exchange at overseas universities/research institutions to allow them to acquire advanced research knowledge and technology. The maximum duration of exchange is half the period of a student's programme of study. Subsistence allowance and travel grant may be granted to eligible candidates. Students are required to consult their supervisors to explore opportunities for research exchange.
The University/Medical Faculty administers a number of scholarships which are awarded to postgraduate students for outstanding academic achievements. Applications for the scholarships will be invited throughout the year.
Specific to the Medical Faculty
MPhil and PhD students are eligible to apply for conference and/or travel grants for presenting papers/posters in overseas academic conferences or participating in other overseas educational activities. The maximum amount of funding is HK$13,500.
Students who are admitted to a UGC-funded full-time curriculum and need financial assistance for their studies may apply for the means-tested loans and grants scheme administered by the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA).
To qualify for assistance, a student must have the right of abode in Hong Kong or have resided in Hong Kong continuously for three years prior to admission to the University. (Please note students staying in Hong Kong holding student visas do not count as being ‘continuously resident’.) The value of their Postgraduate Scholarship will be counted as income.
To apply for assistance, students should submit a completed application form to the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) within one month following the commencement of the course. Application forms could be obtained from CEDARS or the WFSFAA.
Non-means tested loan scheme is also available for application by both full-time and part-time students who meet the residency requirements. Application forms are also available at CEDARS.
University funds are in general used to supplement government grants and loans. A limited number of means-tested bursaries and loans are available to local full-time students who are in financial need. However, these are of very limited value, and should not be seen as an alternative to Government support. The value of Postgraduate Scholarship will be counted in the assessment of their needs.
Application through the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) are invited in September each year. Students facing urgent financial hardship may however apply for emergency assistance any time during the year through.