HKPFS Leaflet



Application to:

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a bilingual (Chinese and English) and bicultural institution of higher learning founded in 1963. As a first-class comprehensive research university with both a local and an international outlook, we aim at cultivating quality higher degree graduates to serve the increasingly sophisticated needs of society and making contributions to the pool of human knowledge through research.

We have a unique college system and a 137.3-hectare scenic campus. The majority of our teaching staff are bilingual and recruited from all over the world. Our current enrolment of postgraduate students exceeds 13,000, including a substantial portion of non-local students who are admitted from around the world.

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) in 2009, aims at attracting the best and brightest students from all over the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong. The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 and a conference travel allowance of HK$10,000 per year for the awardees for a maximum period of three years. For awardees with a normative study period of 4 years, CUHK will offer the award at the same level for the fourth year. In addition to the monthly stipend and annual conference travel allowance, HKPFS awardees may apply for various scholarships offered by the University. For the 2016/17 academic year, about 200 PhD Fellowships will be awarded.

CUHK welcomes applicants who are seeking admission to our full-time PhD programmes to apply through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme. Those who are seeking admission as new full-time PhD students, irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability / potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities.

Selection Criteria

While the academic excellence is of prime consideration, the Review Panels will take into account, but is not limited to, the six yardsticks below for the selection of candidates:
  1. Academic excellence;
  2. Research ability and potential;
  3. Cultural diversity;
  4. Institutional support;
  5. Communication, and interpersonal skills; and
  6. Leadership abilities, and societal responsibility

Application Process

The Scheme will call for applications from 1 September 2015. The application deadline is 1 December 2015 at Hong Kong Time 12:00 Noon. Applicants should submit initial application to the RGC through their on-line application system, and will be assigned a Reference Number. Applicants should then submit the full application through CUHK’s on-line admission system and quote the RGC Reference Number. Each applicant may choose up to 2 programmes when applying for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship.

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship application is also regarded as a formal application for PhD admission, and applicants are therefore required to fully comply with CUHK's admission requirements. Applicants who are not selected for the Fellowship Scheme will be considered as normal application, and if admitted, be offered a postgraduate studentship during their normative period of studies.