PhD study at the HKU Medical Faculty under the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Hong Kong PhD Fellowships

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPF) is established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) which aims at recruiting the best and brightest students of any country of origin and ethnic background to pursue PhD study in Hong Kong’s institutions. The scheme is open for applications from September 1 – December 1, 2015.  Awardees of this Fellowship scheme will be provided with a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (~US$2,500) and travel allowance of HK$10,000 (~US$1,280) per year to a maximum period of three years.  The University of Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine is now inviting high calibre students, who are planning to engage in full-time PhD studies, to apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship scheme with HKU as their first priority institution. While academic excellence is of prime consideration, the following criteria will also be taken into consideration:

  • research ability and potential;
  • communication and interpersonal skills; and
  • leadership abilities.

The Faculty

HKU has been ranked the second best university in Asia by the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings in 2014-15.  Being the largest faculty in the University, the Medical Faculty has over 400 full-time academic and academic-related staff and 800 research and research-related support personnel.  The postgraduate student population is about 1,500. They are actively undertaking a wide spectrum of research, ranging from studies in frontiers basic medical sciences to cutting-edge clinical research, in the following strategic areas:

  • Ageing
  • Cancer
  • Development and Reproduction
  • Infection and Immunology
  • Public Health
  • Biomedical Engineering and Nanotechnology
  • Drug
  • Food
  • Genomics
  • Integrative Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine

With a strong research base, the Medical Faculty has made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of various diseases for the betterment of mankind. Students of the Faculty, apart from enjoying the benefit of working in technologically advanced laboratories, are also offered opportunities to increase their international exposure by engaging in research exchange overseas.
Please visit our Research Postgraduate Prospectus at to find out more about the research opportunities being offered.

Other Opportunities Available

HKU University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF)
HKU University Postgraduate Fellowships are available for selected full-time PhD candidates with excellent academic record. The Fellowship is worth HK$70,000 (~US$8,900), which is awarded on top of the Postgraduate Scholarship (see below).

HKU Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS)
Full-time MPhil and PhD students who hold a first degree with second-class honours first division (or equivalent) or above are normally considered eligible to receive a Postgraduate Scholarship during the normative study period. Candidates’ results in Master’s degrees will also be considered. The basic level of PGS is HK$15,000 (~US$1,920) per month.

Scholarships and conference/travel grants
The University administers a number of scholarships that are awarded to postgraduate students for outstanding academic achievements. MPhil and PhD students are also eligible for conference and/or travel grants.

Further Information

Further details can be found at the links below:

Application Procedures

Applications are invited in three rounds each year. The application deadlines are as follows:

Main round/Hong Kong PhD Fellowships/
University Postgraduate Fellowships
December 1, 2016 noon
1st clearing round April 30, 2017
2nd clearing round August 31, 2017