HKUST has been drawing the best doctoral students from around the world through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. HKUST has recruited the largest number of HKPFS awardees among local institutions, coming from 45+ countries and regions including Australia, China, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, etc. 1 out of 6 PhD new students of HKUST received the Fellowship. By joining us, you will find yourself being part of an exceptionally strong research community.
Data as of June 2022
A Prestigious and Fully-Funded Option for Your PhD Studies
Stipend: HK$325,200 (~US$41,700) per year for 4 years*;
HKUST RedBird PhD Award: A Recruitment Award of HK$40,000 (~US$5,130) in the first year and an Academic Excellence Award of HK$20,000 (~US$2,550) per year, in the following years^;
Conference Travel Allowance: HK$13,600 (~US$1,740) per year for 4 years; and
University Accommodation: Guaranteed in the first 2 years of research postgraduate studies
* subject to continual meeting of renewal conditions and compliance to RGC's regulations
^ The award is renewable in subsequent years, subject to continual excellent performance
More funding and scholarships are also available to PhD students at HKUST, including Overseas Research Award, Greater Bay Area Research Award, Research Travel Grant, etc, which provide you with supplementary funding to attend conferences and conduct research overseas.
On top of meeting the HKUST admission requirements, HKPFS applicants are expected to have:
Outstanding academic records
Excellent research ability and potential
International exposure and a global outlook
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
Strong leadership abilities
Application Procedures and Timeline
The application for 2023/24 Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme is now closed. Successful candidates will be notified by RGC via email in May 2023.
- By 1 Dec 2022 (12noon, GMT+8) - RGC application deadline
- Obtain an HKPFS reference number from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council.
- By 1 Dec 2022 (11:59pm, GMT+8) - HKUST application deadline
- Submit the HKPFS application online directly to HKUST.
- Applicants who have chosen two HKUST programs in the initial application are reminded to submit a separate full application for EACH chosen program to HKUST.
- Please be reminded to quote the HKPFS reference number obtained from RGC.
- By 8 Dec 2022
- Nicely inform your referees that it is most helpful if they can provide the reference reports earliest possible.
- Attend the admission interviews, where appropriate.
- May 2023
- Successful candidates will be notified by RGC via email.
- The result of HK PhD Fellowship Scheme will also be announced in the website of Research Grants Committee (RGC) at https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/funding_opport/hkpfs/funded_research.html.
- Candidates who are not selected for the fellowship, may be considered for admission to relevant PhD program(s) with Postgraduate Studentship of HK$216,360/year.
Find the Program
HKUST PhD programs require a combination of coursework and independent research, with a major emphasis on research. The normal duration of studies of full-time PhD program is three years if a relevant research master’s degree is earned prior to the PhD program, or four years with a bachelor’s degree. All programs are taught in English.
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