Postgraduate Scholarship

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.

PGS shall be awarded to full-time MPhil and PhD students who (i) normally hold a Bachelor's degree at second class honours first division or above and/or Master's degree as appropriate from this University, or another qualification of equivalent standard, as determined by the Board which has sole and absolute discretion in this matter; and (ii) hold full-time candidature for the degree of MPhil or PhD. The Scholarship is tenable on an annual basis and is renewable upon satisfactory academic progress having been made and the availability of funding. A PGS holder may be required to provide, under supervision, services which carry educational benefits for the holder, as prescribed by the Head of the Department, Unit, Centre, School or Institute in which the holder is registered. The amount of such services shall not exceed 100 hours in any full twelve-month period (or pro rata if the period is less than twelve months), and the calculation of the hours shall include preparation time in all cases. The provision of services forms part of the research student's training covered by the value of the Scholarship, and no other payment for these hours of services may be made to a Scholarship holder. The nature of the training may for example include:

  • assistance with research;
  • assistance with scheduled laboratory, studio and fieldwork classes and with tutorials;
  • assistance with the preparation of materials for scheduled classes;
  • assistance with marking practical notebooks and answers from exercise classes; and
  • assistance with invigilation of University degree examinations.

The basic level of PGS is HK$15,700 per month. With effect from September 1, 2016, a Postgraduate Scholarship holder who is a PhD student and whose candidature has been confirmed will receive a higher rate of Scholarship ($16,140) with effect from the following calendar month after his/her probation is fully confirmed. The higher rate of Scholarship shall be determined by the University from time to time and is not negotiable.

Further details of the Postgraduate Scholarships regulations are available on the website: http://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/f/page/380/1510/reg-pgs-amended.pdf.